AIM Membership Notice AIM Photonics does not desire to exclude committed member companies from leading, or participating in, proposals. As a result, the AIM Photonics Leadership Council (LC) will evaluate, and potentially recommend, proposals in this first stage of submission that include companies who have not yet been able to sign the AIM Photonics Membership Agreement. Companies considering participation should understand that the first stage of proposal submission is not a contractual commitment. A first-stage proposal must first get approval by the LC for the next step, which includes full detailed project planning and budgeting. If such a down-selected, detailed proposal is then subsequently approved for funding by the LC, a comprehensive Project Award Agreement will be generated and signed, which then becomes a contractual agreement. Companies would be required to become members of AIM Photonics prior to, or in conjunction with the execution of a Project Award Agreement.