UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £2million to develop photonic technologies in partnership with organisations from EUREKA countries.
Projects will be funded in photonics for advanced, or ‘industrial’, manufacturing. Advanced manufacturing is commonly defined as the use and/or integration of innovative technologies in order to improve both products and processes.
Projects must aim to develop innovative products, technology-based applications and/or technology-based services with high market potential in the participating countries and/or throughout Europe.
This EUREKA competition specifically addresses photonic technologies in order to improve both products and processes.
Your collaborative R&D proposal must:
- Address at least one of the photonic technologies and at least one of the industry sectors listed below
- Focus on photonic technologies and their integration in specific manufacturing processes and/or products
- Demonstrate the potential to significantly improve the related processes and/or products
Photonic technologies that are in scope 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 including spectral and hyperspectral imaging
- Millimetre wave imaging and light detection and ranging (LIDAR) technologies
- Photo-, stereo- or laser-based lithography
Industry sectors that are in scope include, but are not limited to:
- Electronic and computer components
- Electro-mechanical engineering
- Transportation and automotive manufacturing, including for sport competition
- Aviation or aerospace
- Chemical and pharmaceutical industries
- Food control industries
- Safety and quality engineering
- Manufacturing technologies
Total eligible project costs per project are expected to be between EUR 750,000 and 2 million. This includes costs from all partners, from the UK and all other countries.
Projects can last up to three years and is expected to start between January 2020 and June 2020. The start date is dependent on the national funding procedures of the countries involved in the selected projects.
To lead a project as a UK based organisation you must:
- Be a business, of any size
- Involve at least one UK based micro, small or medium sized enterprise(SME)
- Collaborate with at least one organisation from a EUREKA Network in Photonics country, which must be a separate non-linked legal entity to the UK partners
- Follow the full process correctly
The organisations from EUREKA Network in Photonics countries must meet the funding and eligibility conditions of their respective countries. These will be provided in the call for proposals document on the EUREKA web page which will be published when this competition opens.
You can also collaborate with other UK based businesses of any size and UK based research organisations.
Research organisations cannot lead or work alone. They must be able to show how they will exploit the results of the project to grow the wider sector in the UK.
Each partner must carry out the majority of their funded work within the country from which they receive funding, for example the UK for Innovate UK funding.
If Innovate UK decide not to fund your proposal, you will be able to use it to apply into one later competition.
Projects must include at least one partner from one of the participating countries of the EUREKA Network in Photonics. These countries are:
Up to £2million has been allocated to fund innovation projects in this competition.
For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
- Up to 70% if you are a micro or small business
- Up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
- Up to 50% if you are a large business
For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:
- Up to 45% if you are a micro or small business
- Up to 35% if you are a medium-sized business
- Up to 25% if you are a large business
The UK research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the UK total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one UK research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.
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Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.
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