Research Strategy

Light and lighting technologies are essential to modern daily life, touching on its every aspect. These technologies require well-founded knowledge, both fundamental and applied, to ensure that they can be used with confidence in their safety and quality. CIE publications provide that confidence. They are based on the strongest available scientific evidence and follow a rigorous review and ballot process. To develop consensus-based documents fit for the future requires that scientists engage now in building the knowledge base that will support them.

The research topics listed here are those judged by the CIE as needing immediate attention by the research community in support of developments in lighting technology and application. Topics that relate to human capabilities and ecological systems, whether fundamental or applied, would all benefit from also addressing diversity and inclusion dimensions. Publications in the peer-reviewed literature on these topics will provide the basis for the next generation of CIE technical reports and standards.

Industry, academia, and research institutes alike can take inspiration from this list of research topics. CIE particularly invites allied fields – medicine, engineering, information technology and others – to join with us in addressing these complex questions. CIE calls on national and international research funders to create opportunities that will enable the research community to provide this necessary support to the CIE. Together, we thus will satisfy the needs of industry, regulators, and the public for knowledge, standards, and guidance so that all can enjoy the best possible light.

Research Strategy DOI 10.25039/vudfg44z


Letters of Support for Research Proposals from the CIE


The CIE as a scientific organization, with contributing stakeholders from the fundamental and applied research community (be this academic or industry based), will provide letters of support for research funding applications. Such letters will be written provided that the research described in the research proposal is a topic contained in the scope of the CIE and will contribute to current CIE research priorities (as listed in CIE Research Strategy) or other current CIE technical work.

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