Ocean Thin Films (Golden, CO, USA) has announced that it will be offering grants to selected individuals or institutions that would like to use its SpectroCam platform for multispectral imaging applications.
SpectroCam is an imaging system that integrates scientific-grade sensors with eight filters to produce multispectral images. SpectroCam is available in three models -- VIS, UV and SWIR -- that can be used for biomedical, forensic, art conservation and authentication, archaeology, agricultural, industrial and surveillance applications.
The grant program -- called MSInnovation -- is geared towards research programs that break new ground with their applications and techniques. The grant gives participants the unique opportunity to add a high-end instrument to their laboratory at little or no cost.
Researchers from accredited academic institutions or relevant private industries may apply for the grant. Submissions will be evaluated by Ocean Thin Films employees based on their feasibility, innovation in the scientific field, commercial potential and creative application of multispectral imaging. The company expects to award up to 10 grants, and international applications are encouraged.
To apply, interested parties should email a one-page submission describing their research program's aims and intended use of the SpectroCam to MSInnovation@oceanthinfilms.com by January 31, 2013. Grants will be awarded in February. Multiple applications per individual or group can be submitted, but only one award will be issued.
If selected, a more detailed report describing the applicant's proposed use of the imaging system will be required. Ocean Thin Films will work with chosen recipients to configure a SpectroCam for their specific needs.
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