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ERA-Net funding for support photonics-based sensing technologies including medical applications

Businesses can apply for a share of funding under Horizon 2020’s ERA-NET co-funded competition to support photonics-based sensing technologies.

They are inviting proposals for the following application areas:
  • safety, including food safety
  • civil security
  • manufacturing and production
  • environmental monitoring
  • medical applications


Medical applications

The health-related challenges of increasing longevity and the aging society can best be met through breakthroughs in and deployment of photonic technologies, yielding new cost-effective methods for improved diagnosis and therapy as well as structural health monitoring. Improved photonic-based medical diagnostic and analytic methods shall be developed, including multi-band (X-ray, Ultraviolet, Visible, Near/Mid/Far IR, Terahertz) approaches. These should provide more reliable and precise examinations than current ‘gold standard’ methods, addressing also the development of extremely low cost and/or highly miniaturized integrated devices leading to a reduced duration of the analysis. Those would be required for a wide deployment and of diagnostic devices and its application at the point of care (POC). 

In addition, cross-sectoral approaches between medical and e. g. security, (food and water) safety or environmental applica.ons may be proposed.


About the funding

The aim of this photonic sensing competition is to improve Europe’s market share in photonics-based sensing technologies.

The joint, co-funded competition is a transnational call for research and development (R&D) proposals. Projects should support the fast development and implementation of photonics-based sensing technologies. Proposals should include R&D for photonic techniques for the technology readiness levels (TRL) 3 to 6.

This competition is jointly funded under Horizon 2020’s ERA-NET Cofund Programme.

The national and regional funding bodies from participating countries and regions, including the UK, will jointly implement the funding. The competiton is open to R&D project consor.a consisting of a minimum of two separate legal partners from at least two different participating countries and/or regions as follows:


  • Austria
  • Flanders Region (Belgium)
  • Germany
  • Israel
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Turkey
  • Tuscany Region (Italy)
  • United Kingdom


Key dates

Deadline for stage 1 pre-proposals: 5pm Central European Time (CET) on 5 December 2016
Deadline for stage 2 full proposals: 5pm CET on 29 March 2017.


Find out more

You can find out more and download the guide for proposers from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/era-net-co-funding-competition-photonic-sensing