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Call For CAPE Acorn Post-graduate Research Award 2020

last modified Mar 03, 2020 06:09 PM

CAPE Acorn Post-graduate Research Award 2020 (CAPA 2020) 

The Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) is a Partnership between the University and a small group of global strategic industrial investors, operating across the supply chain of the electronics and photonics industries. 

Based around world-leading facilities and expertise at the University of Cambridge, CAPE provides a form of joint university-industry research that is leading edge, vertically integrated and commercially relevant. 

CAPE has created special funding scheme, the CAPE Acorn Fund, to support innovative research initiatives from young researchers, in parallel with their current research and post-graduate studies. 


CAPE invites post-graduate students, either individually or in a small team, to submit their research idea for a short project (up to 6 months’ duration) on any engineering-related topic addressing a technological or societal need. All participating students must have the approval of their Supervisors before submission. 


Winners will receive a prize of £1,000 for projects involving development of a concept, or £2,000 for a project involving experimental testing of an idea. More than one project will be awarded. The winners will present their project results to the CAPE Steering Committee during a CAPE Event in 2021. 


The proposal should be no more than 2 pages of A4, and should be sent to: 

CAPE Office, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA 


In email, please state your department (if engineering also your division), academic supervisor and in which year of your PhD currently are you. All proposals are sent for evaluation to CAPE Technology Focus Group as anonymous to assure fair, bias-free judgement, so please do not indicate your name or contact details in your proposal. 

The deadline for submission is Monday, 16 March 2020

Each proposal will be evaluated by the CAPE Technology Focus Groups (TFGs), each of which includes representatives from each CAPE Partner company. The final decision will be made by the CAPE Steering Committee, and the winners will be announced on 7 April 2020, ready for a project start date by 15 April 2020. 


CAPE Office 

Electrical Engineering Division 

Engineering Department

University of Cambridge

9 JJ Thomson Avenue


CB3 0FA 


Tel: +44 (0)1223 748343



Introduction of CPDS

Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors (CPDS) is in the Photonics area of the Electrical Engineering Division, with a research focus embracing photonic and sensing devices, functional materials and their integration at system level.

We aim to address future societal needs with new system functionalities through invention of novel device architectures based on in-depth understanding of basic material properties.

There is a wide range of activities within the group, including phase-only holography and its applications, high brightness multi-stable colour reflective displays, tuneable dielectric materials and devices for radio frequencies, liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) device development, and novel sensors.

As well as conducting highly focused studies, we also specialise in the development of demonstrators for business exploitation and commercialisation. This is facilitated by multi-disciplinary expertise within the group and by our highly experienced team approach. Some of the outcomes from the group have been successfully transferred to our industrial collaborators for production.