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For the fourth year running, the CAPE Acorn Fund seeks to support a range of small projects, with emphasis on promoting research proposed by young student researchers. Undergraduate students who are considering putting forward an industrial based type-(b) project topic for their 4th Year Project are invited to submit a brief proposal, no more than 2 pages of A4, to:

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

The close date for submission is 23 March 2017.

Each proposal will be evaluated by the CAPE office for funding in association with one or more of the CAPE Partner companies. Through the CAPE Office, students who are interested could approach the CAPE Partners of their choice with their project ideas, and then formulate their project before submitting their proposals. The CAPE Office will be able to facilitate appropriate contact with the CAPE Partner companies.

The successful candidates will receive a CAPE 4th Year Project Award, which includes project funding through CAPE at the standard 4th Year Project level (£250) and a £250 cash prize, total award of £500. They will then be invited to present their project results to the CAPE Steering Committee during the CAPE 2-Day Event in June 2018.

Acorn Fund Part IIB Project Award 2016-17_poster

CAPE is inviting CUED post-graduate students, either individually or in small teams, to participate in the new CAPE Acorn Post-graduate Award 2017 by submitting a research idea on any engineering-related topic addressing a technological or societal need. The £3,000 Award includes funding support for a short project of 3 months’ duration to run in parallel with their current research and post-graduate studies.

All participants must have the approval of their Supervisor.

Closing date for submission: Thursday 19 January 2017
For further details on how to apply, the Call can be downloaded here.

CAPE Office


Different faces of digital holography: from holographic microscopy and tomography to holographic displays

Professor M. Kujawinska will present the results of recent research performed in Photonics Engineering Division, Warsaw University of Technology in two application areas:

– digital holographic microscopy (DHM) and holographic tomography (DHT);

– holographic capture of photorealistic 3D content, its manipulation and imaging in wide angle holographic display using coherent and incoherent light.

Prof Kujawinska



Malgorzata Kujawinska PhD DSc. is SPIE Fellow, full Professor of applied optics at Warsaw University of Technology, head of Photonics Engineering Division at Institute of Micromechanics and Photonics. She is an expert in full-field optical metrology and 3D imaging, hybrid opto-numerical methods in mechanics, image processing, automatic data analysis for metrology and multimedia, design of novel photonics measurement and display systems.

The Lecture will take place on 17. November at 4.30pm at the Annex Seminar Room 190 in CAPE building, Electrical engineering, West Cambridge Site.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Everyone is welcome.

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 CAPE Acorn Blue Sky Research Award.

This year there are two winning projects:

1. Full 360° 3D Light Field Capture and Display System by Özgür YONTEM & Kun LI

2. Liquid crystal on SI with Carbon nanotube IC driver by Guofnag ZHONG.

Congratulations to the winners!

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.


CAPE invites engineering postdoc researchers, either individually or in a small team, to submit blue sky research ideas for a 1-year project on any engineering-related topic.  All participating postdocs must have the approval of their supervisors before submission.

The award gives the opportunity for early career researchers to undertake a pilot study in a new research area. Proposals should aim to demonstrate the potential to the CAPE Partners of a new technology, or the potential of an existing technology in a radically different application area. Proposals in research areas not currently covered by the CAPE Partnership or addressing a global issue recognised by the United Nations are particularly encouraged.


There will be up to two awards of maximum £20,000 to support staffing, travel or equipment for postgraduate research.

The winners will present their project results to the CAPE Steering Committee during a CAPE Event in June 2017.


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

Mrs Elena Ratcliff (CAPE Coordinator), CAPE Office, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA

Tel:                       +44 (0)1223 748343


The deadline for submission is Wednesday 31 August 2016.

Each proposal will be evaluated by the CAPE Technology Focus Groups (TFGs), which include representatives from each CAPE Partner company. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of academic quality, feasibility, adventurousness and long-term relevance to the Partners’ business areas. The final decision will be made by the CAPE Steering Committee, and the winner(s) will be announced by 30 September 2016, ready for a project start in the 2016/17 academic year.

You can download the Call here.

CAPE Acorn Blue Sky Award - poster