European Calls

There are regular Photonics Calls for Proposals from the European Commission. The Photonics21 community is the dedicated body to define the European call topics for photonics.

Current and future European Photonics Calls:

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.

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

Further information is also provided on the EUREKA call website.


DRAFT - Core Photonics PPP call: Photonics KET

ICT-05-2019 Application driven photonics components and Photonics Manufacturing Pilot Lines

a) Innovation Actions

  • Photonics devices for advanced imaging to support diagnostics driven therapy
  • Sensor-Based optimization of Production Processes
  • Maturing a technology platform and providing low entry barrier access for industry in particular SMEs, low and medium production volumes
      • Free-form optics
      • Advanced optical medical device technologies for both in-vivo and in-vitro diagnosis

b) Research and Innovation Actions

  • Photonics system on Chip/ System in Package for optical interconnect applications
  • Photonics devices for advanced imaging to support diagnostics driven therapy
  • Flexible Farm-to-Fork Sensing Photonics

c) Coordination and Support Actions

  • Fostering Careers in Photonics

ICT-06-2020 Disruptive photonics technologies

a) Research and Innovation Actions

  • 3D light field and holographic displays
  • New concepts for assembly and packaging for photonics components
  • Light to Fuel
  • Next generation biophotonics methods and devices as research tools to understand the cellular origin of deseases

ICT-07-2020 Advancing photonics technologies and application driven photonics components

a) Innovation Actions

  • Hyperspectral VIS-NMIR Sensing and Deep Learning

b) Research and Innovation Actions

  • New Photonics Integrated Circuit Technology

c) Coordination and Support Action

  • Photonics21 strategy support

DT-01-[2020]: I4MS (phase 4) – uptake of digital game changers and digital manufacturing platforms

a) Innovation Actions

  • IoT and cyber-physical systems contributing to the circular economy
  • Human-robot cooperation
  • Analytics, simulation and artificial intelligence
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Laser based equipment in advanced manufacturing
  • Uptake of emerging platforms by SMEs and mid-caps

DT-03-[2020]: Photonics Innovation Hubs

b) Innovation Actions

  • Open Access to Photonics Innovation Hubs


A list of further Horizon2020 calls for 2018 and 2019 including photonics topics has been conducted and is available for download.