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Photonics Funding and R&D News

"Light has the potential to recognize the origins of illnesses, prevent them, or to gently and subtly cure them at an early stage." -- German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

That hope for the future is still alive despite a shaky global economy, and international organizations are still investing in R&D in the hopes that technology innovators will find cures and produce new products and processes to impact life on the planet. 

Germany Offers New Funding for Life Sciences
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research has a new optical technologies funding program for the life sciences to enable the funding of cooperative, pre-competitive joint projects which lead to completely new or much-improved technical solutions for applications, especially in the medical field. The characteristic features of the projects are the high risk and special complexity of the research task and significant market potential. An inter/multi-disciplinary approach and close cooperation between companies, universities of applied arts and sciences, and non-university related research institutions is necessary. Proposals are requested by 31 May.

ACCORD Workshop on Optoelectronics R&D in Munich: 16 June
ACCORD logoA workshop will be held in Munich 16 June to discuss a possible follow-up to the successful Advanced Components Cooperation for Optoelectronics Research and Development Programme (ACCORD). Twelve proposals were selected for the experimental programme that matches photonics companies with university researchers and students who assist in developing, evaluating, and marketing new devices for commercial use.

ACCORD is an experimental program under the SixthFrameworkk Programme of the European Union that aims to:

  • Purchase at marginal cost pre-competitive photonic devices from innovative European companies and put them in the hands of European researchers and students, at no net cost to the university or to the company that furnished the devices
  • Facilitate transfer of device evaluation results to potential end-users, assisting companies to access new markets and new applications.

NIST Solicits Proposals for Infrastructure Projects
The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking proposals for high-risk, high-reward research projects in two areas of Critical National Need: Civil Infrastructure and Manufacturing.

Based on FY 2009 funds, TIP expects to award approximately a total of $25 million in first-year funding for R&D projects focused in the two Critical National Need areas. TIP officials plan to allocate approximately $15 million in first-year funding for R&D projects in manufacturing that would enable better, more cost-effective use of advanced materials in innovative products.

Approximately $10 million in first-year funding will be allocated for civil infrastructure, including innovative, cost-effective sensor and sensor-network technologies for non-destructive testing and monitoring of structural health.

TIP, established by the 2007 America COMPETES Act, supports, promotes, and accelerates innovation in the United States through funding high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need. The merit-based competitive program can fund cost-shared R&D projects by single small-sized or medium-sized businesses and joint ventures that additionally may include institutions of higher education, non-profit research organizations and national laboratories. 

Deadline for submissions is 23 June, 2009.

NIST will hold a public meeting for prospective TIP proposers and other interested parties at 9 am 8 April at the NIST facility in Gaithersburg, MD. Additional TIP Proposers' conferences may be scheduled and will be announced on the TIP web site www.nist.gov/tip. For more information, visit the SPIE Newsroom

European Network is 'One-Stop-Shop' for SMEs
The Enterprise Europe Network is an SME gateway to competitiveness and innovation launched in 2008 by the European Commission. The Enterprise Europe Network combines and builds on the former Innovation Relay Centres and Euro Info Centers (established in 1995 and 1987 respectively). The new integrated network offers a "one-stop shop" to meet all the information needs of SMEs in Europe. Services are specifically designed for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) but are also available to other businesses, research centres, and universities across Europe.

MATERA+ Call for 2009 Is Bio-Based
ERA-NET+ on Materials Research launched its most recent call 16 March. The call is for transnational, interdisciplinary, innovative, R&D projects related to materials science and engineering in 14 participating countries. Preliminary thematic topics of the MATERA+ Call include bio-based and bio-inspired materials. More information: www.matera.fi

Science and Technology Funding Opportunities in UK
The UK Science & Technology Facilities Council provides support for research, research infrastructure, training, knowledge transfer, and public outreach activities through a variety of funding schemes and activities. The STFC has listings of more than 700 grants worth £475,267,985. More 

FP7 UK Has New Map of ICT Work Programme
A new version of the map of ICT 2009-2010 work programme, with links to important background pages from the European Commission, is available in PDF format.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4200904.42

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