Promoting Research at the Graduate Level
Commencing in January 2008, the Foundation reached out to selected Universities and Centers of Excellence across the country and asked them to submit a research "White Paper" on scientific topics of interest and importance. The research proposals were to include the use of graduate and/or undergraduate student assistance. The resulting proposals were reviewed based on scientific approach, educational potential and budgetary realism. The campuses and laboratories were visited and then a Selection Committee awarded the block-gifts. In our initial year of the Block-Gift Program, 2008-2009, seven schools were awarded funding for their research. We have supported as many as 21 schools in a single year. Fifteen programs at twelve different universities throughout the world were awarded funding for the 2021-2022 cycle.
The II-VI Foundation is focused on educating the next generation of engineers, scientists and mathematicians. All Block-Gift programs must have the students and student education as its’ primary focus.
Please note: Proposals are accepted on an invitation only basis. Please see the "Block-Gift Consideration Procedure" page for guidelines. If you would like further information on the invitation process please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.