Monday, 25 March 2019

First joint EUREKA / Photonics21 Mirror Group Call launched addressing Photonics for advanced manufacturing

Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Poland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have launched the joint call for proposals Photonics for advanced manufacturing, which intends to fund joint research and development in the area of photonics. Applicants are expected to undertake research aiming at marketable products, services or technologies with high market potential in the participating countries and/or Europe. This call will be administered under the regulations of the intergovernmental EUREKA network.

This initiative continues the cooperation within the Photonics21 Mirror Group comprising research funders in the field of photonics in Europe (including associated countries) who jointly implemented a number of transnational calls under the ERA-Net / Cofund scheme of the EC research framework programmes.

Interested parties are invited to submit R&D&I project proposals addressing photonics for advanced manufacturing. Advanced (industrial) manufacturing is commonly defined as the use and/or integration of innovative technologies – here: photonics – in order to improve both products and processes. Proposals for R&D&I projects sought to be funded under this call should therefore

1. address at least one of the technologies and one of the industries mentioned below;
2. focus on photonic technologies and their integration in specific manufacturing processes and/or products;
3. demonstrate the potential to significantly improve the related processes and/or products.

Photonic technologies to be investigated particularly include (but are not limited to):
Laser machining, additive manufacturing, selective laser sintering, photonic curing, optical process control / process analytical technology (PAT), 3D optical sensing and imaging incl. spectral and hyperspectral imaging, millimeter wave imaging and lidar, lithography (photo-, stereo-, laser-based).

Industry sectors addressed particularly include (but are not limited to):
Electronic and computer components, electro-mechanical engineering, transportation and automotive manufacturing including for sport competition, aviation/aerospace, material, chemical and pharmaceutical industry, food control industries, safety and quality engineering and manufacturing technologies.

Consortia composed of partners from the participating countries and regions are invited to present joint proposals for R&D&I projects until 25 July 2019 according to the rules and procedures described in the official call announcement.

For any further details such as the general rules of participation, the detailed time schedule and the submission and approval procedures you can download the call announcement.

A matchmaking website for potential proposers is available at https://eureka-photonics.b2match.io/

Further information is also provided on the EUREKA call website.