European Calls

In this section you will find information on European funding opportunities and relevant calls related to photonics.

Further information on EU funding opportunities is available via the EC portal Access to EU finance.

A factsheet on SMEs in Horizon 2020 which outlines funding opportunities is available for download: SMEs in Horizon 2020

You can download an overview document on funding opportunities in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014 - 2015.

Further information on the first Horizon 2020 calls is available on the Participants Portal.

ECSEL 2014

Theme Topics range from smart mobility, smart society, smart energy, smart health and smart manufacturing. For further details please see the description in the ECSEL Mutliannual Strategic Plan.
Opening 9 July 2014
Closing 17 September 2014
Budget The total budget available is € 190,000,000.
ECSEL Work Plan 2014 ECSEL Work Plan 2014
ECSEL Multiannual Strategic Plan ECSEL Multiannual Strategic Plan
External Website Participants Portal


EUREKA Eurostars Programme

Theme Eurostars aims to stimulate SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets. Through this joint Programme, based on Article 185 of the Lisbon Treaty, Eurostars aims to combine the best of two worlds with a bottom-up approach, a central submission and evaluation process, and synchronized national funding in 33 countries. The Eurostars Programme is open to project proposals of different technologies.
Opening EUREKA's Eurostars Programme is open for funding applications on a continuous basis, with an average of two application submission deadlines each year.
Closing The next deadline for submitting an application is 11th September 2014, 20.00 CET.
External Website Eurostars Website



Theme Funding will be offered to innovative projects focusing on: Integrated Computational Materials Engineering; New Surfaces and Coatings; Composite Technology; Materials for Sustainable and Affordable Low Carbon Energy Technologies; Materials for Health; Functional Materials Focusing on Sensors
Opening 6 June 2014
Closing 16 September 2014
External Website M-era.Net Website


ICT-27-2015 - Photonics KET

Theme Research and innovation actions on application driven core photonic technology developments for a new generation of photonic devices (including components, modules and sub-systems). Focus is on following topics: Optical communication for data centers; High-throughput laser-based manufacturing; PIC technology; Innovation Support through public procurement actions; Coordination and Support Actions
Opening 15 October 2014
Closing 14 April 2015
External Website Research Participants Portal European Commission Website


Research and Innovation Prorities for Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016/2017 ongoing


Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders election 2014


Photonics PPP contract signed


EU supporting photonics in Horizon 2020