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European Funding for analytical mid-infrared (MIR) micro-sensors

Later this year a Horizon 2020 call will open that provides funding for a pilot line providing foundry services particularly for SMEs with focus:

  • on fabricating processed wafers and mounted / packaged chips for MIR micro-sensor systems,
  • where the sensor systems:
    • address high impact applications,
    • introducing lower cost, more reliable and efficient MIR materials.

 

Funding is provided for setting up and validating pilot production for advanced products. Examples of what may be included in the actions are:

  • development of fabrication processes,
  • development of process qualification,
  • further process engineering.

 

The proposals should address:

  • the pilot lines should be open access and be driven by key stakeholders that are able to set up and run those pilot lines,
  • appropriate support services and tools that enable open access; they have to be validated through pre-commercial runs for external users,
  •  include a business plan that shows:
    • how the project can lead to industrialisation of the production process,
    • if applicable, should show industrialisation for specific planned products,
    • strong commitment to manufacturing in Europe.

The expected outcome of the funded projects are:

  • breakthroughs for reliable MIR sensing products,
  • effective market introduction of new and highly competitive MIR sensing products,
  • improving the value creation and supply chain for such products in Europe.

 

This call is part of the ICT-28 -2015 call.

 

Key Dates:     

Call Opens:     15 Oct. 2014

Call Closes:     14 April 2015

Budget:       €42M

(all 3 KET pilot line topics)

Information Event UK:    10 Sep 2014 (Event website)

 

 

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