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EUREKA collaborative R&D: photonics for advanced manufacturing

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Funding details
Registration opens
25 Mar 2019, 00:00
Registration closes
15 Jul 2019, 00:00
25 Jul 2019, 12:00
Up to £2m (max 70% of project costs covered)

A briefing event for this funding competition was held in London on 4th April and recorded for webcast: you can view the recording here.

Find the links to the materials from all of the events below:

4th April, London
8th April, South Wales
9th April, North Wales
24th April, Edinburgh

For queries, feel free to contact our Photonics team.


Funding for photonics in advanced manufacturing

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £2 million to fund collaborative research and development (CR&D) projects focused on industrial research.

We will fund projects 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.

Your project 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.

Projects must include at least one partner from one of the participating countries of the EUREKA Network in Photonics. These countries are:

  • Austria
  • France
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Poland
  • Switzerland

The competition is the result of a long-term co-operation in the area of photonics between Innovate UK and other funding agencies in the Photonics21 mirror group.

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.

Your project can last up to 3 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.

Projects must be collaborative.

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
  • materials
  • chemical and pharmaceutical industries
  • food control industries
  • safety and quality engineering
  • manufacturing technologies.

Innovate UK reserves the right to apply a ‘portfolio’ approach for the selection of projects in this competition.

Your project must focus on industrial research but can include experimental development activities if we consider it appropriate. Please see the general guidance to help you decide which category your project fits in.

Projects we will not fund

We will not fund projects that:

  • work on non-civilian applications for photonic technologies
  • are not in scope
  • do not meet Innovate UK’s eligibility criteria
  • do not submit all mandatory documentation