SPIE advocacy and public policy

Explore and participate in our various advocacy programs

SPIE guides and influences decisions and attitudes within political, economic, professional, and educational institutions, in support of its Members as well as the optics and photonics industries and community.

Taking an active role in supporting the photonics community, SPIE leads or participates in the following:

  • NIST Coalition – Founder and Co-chair
  • National Photonics Initiative (NPI) – Co-lead and Funder
  • Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee (SITAC) - Chair
  • WA Laser Export Control Working Group – Co-lead
  • Taskforce for American Innovation (TFAI) – Steering Committee member
  • Coalition for the National Science Foundation (CNSF)
  • Energy Science Coalition (ESC)
  • Coalition for Aerospace Science (CAS)
  • Coalition for National Security Research (CNSR)

SPIE Photonics Industry Summit

This one-day forum focuses on the optics and photonics industry as an essential enabler of emerging technology. The full-day program hosts U.S. government leaders discussing federal policy and funding important to the optics and photonics industry with an audience of more than 150 company representatives. Our collective goal in meeting is to raise the profile of the optics and photonics industry, while learning more about the priorities of the U.S. government in this technology space.

National Photonics Initiative (NPI)

As one of the NPI's founding organizations, SPIE supports the group's work in bringing together experts from industry, academia, and government to assemble recommendations that will help guide US funding and investment in five key photonics-driven fields: advanced manufacturing, communications and IT, defense and national security, energy, and health and medicine.


The Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act of 2022 will invest $50 billion through the Department of Commerce’s CHIPS for America Fund. The optics and photonics industry should be ready to take advantage of this funding opportunity.

Advocacy programs