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Dec 15th, 2013
Horizon 2020 to splash €700 m on photonics research and development
52% boost for EC investment compared to FP7, as photonics and organic electronics projects move center stage.
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In the last few months of 2013, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament have finalized the budget for Horizon 2020 – The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. This €70 billion (at 2011 prices) Europe-wide funding and development plan succeeds Framework Programme 7 on 1 January 2014 as the main financial mechanism to support research and development across all disciplines – including a substantial boost for photonics, expected to total at least €100m per year through to 2020.

Earlier this week, the European Commission presented its first new calls for projects under Horizon 2020. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, across all disciplines, the funding is intended to “help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives”.

The core of forthcoming financial support for photonics research and innovation is found in the program’s Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) themes, in which there are five R&D topics with a dedicated budget for photonics, co-developed with Photonics21. The topics are spread over three calls: The LEIT ("industrial leadership”) Factory of the Future Call will close on March 20 2014, the LEIT ICT Call on 23 April 2014, and the 2015 LEIT ICT Call on April 21, 2015 (TBC).

To read more: http://optics.org/news/4/12/21



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