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Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics


CAPE Acorn Fund – Call for 4th Year Project Proposals

CAPE IIB Award for engineering undergraduate students with bright ideas. Award of £500 will be given: £400 project funding + £100 Amazon vouchers. Closing date is 31 March 2023. Please apply by sending 2-page proposal to

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 deadline for submission is 31 March 2023.   

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. Students who have their own industrial partner are also welcome to apply and use CAUPA as an additional funding opportunity.

All applicants must agree to the CAPE Acorn Fund IP Terms and Conditions.

The successful candidates will receive a CAPE 4th Year Project Award: £400 project funding + £100 Amazon vouchers.  

They will then be invited to present their project results to the CAPE Steering Committee during the CAPE Event in June 2024.

About CAPE

The Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) is based around world-leading facilities and expertise at the University of Cambridge.  It 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.  Current CAPE Partners are Beijing Institute of Aerospace Control Devices (BIACD), CRRC Zhuzhou Institute, Huawei Technologies, and Haleon (formerly GlaxoSmithCline (GSK) Healthcare).  CAPE provides a form of joint university-industry research that is leading edge, vertically integrated and commercially relevant.