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EuroPho21 Report Summary

Project ID: 643995
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - EuroPho21 (Implementing the European Photonics21 PPP strategy)

Reporting period: 2015-01-01 to 2015-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

EuroPho21 provides the critical support for strategy development and implementation of the Photonics21 PPP in Horizon 2020 by involving the whole photonics and end user community. To this end the EuroPho21 Coordination and Support Action pursues following three main objectives:

• Objective 1: Photonics strategy development & implementation – reinforce value chains to build up manufacturing in Europe
• Objective 2: Establish close cooperation between the photonics community and the end user industry
• Objective 3: Link up regional, national and European funding for photonics in Europe

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Work carried out during the reporting period towards the achievement of objective 1:

Tasks of Europho21:

• Photonics21 road-mapping (Horizon2020 Photonics PPP Roadmap) involving end user industries and complementary areas of Horizon 2020 esp. Societal Challenges and other PPPs (see also Objective 2)
• Photonics21 research priorities for the Horizon2020 PPP work programmes / Cross KET work programmes 2016/17 on research and innovation actions (pilot lines, demonstration projects)
• Photonics21 position papers on issues like Industrial Policy, Photonics for energy efficiency (Green Photonics), Photonics for Manufacturing etc. Starts in 2016
• Monitoring Photonics21 processes and the impact of the Horizon2020 photonics funding for Europe. The results will be fed back into the strategy process. Starts in 2016

High level European community event “Photonics PPP Annual Meeting 2015” organized – Kick off of the European Photonics strategy process
Europho21 was organizing and conducting the Photonics Public Private Partnership Annual Meeting 2015 Photonics solutions for the European society on the 28 and 29 May 2015 which gathered more than 250 photonics experts from industry, research organisations and politics and was the kick-off event for engaging closer with end user industry.

Open, transparent and inclusive decision making processes implemented – Horizon 2020 community research and innovation priorities provided to the European Commission
In the first year of the EuroPho21 project a democratic and transparent bottom-up photonics research and innovation priority setting process for Horizon 2020 work programme 2016/2017 was finalized involving more than 460 experts in the strategy workshops and the work group proposals were shared with more than 2500 Photonics21 members.

Based on criteria like impact and European strength in the sector the proposals received were prioritized by the Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders. The overall process was closely monitored by and coordinated with the European Commission including several feedback loops with the Photonics community and issue management routines.

As a result of the process a list of Photonics Research and Innovation Priorities for the Horizon2020 calls 2016-2017 was implemented by the European Commission. The budget of the calls implemented exceeded 200 mio. EUR.

Furthermore, Europho21 prepared the process description for the Photonics21 research and innovation priority process for 2018-2020 in 2015. The updated process includes some improvements compared to the former process. It was approved by the Photonics Public Private Partnership Board and the Board of Stakeholders in November 2015 and is currently implemented.

Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders - Democratic and transparent election process implemented
The Photonics Board of Stakeholders (BoS) is the main decision making body of the Photonics Public Private Partnership. It is decisive for the ownership and success of the PPP that the BoS is credible by truly representing the Photonics community in Europe. This can only be ensured by conducting a democratic election following highest transparency and security standards involving all 1100 affiliations represented in Photonics21. Europho21 enabled the democratic election in 2015 with about 30% participation of Photonics21 membership institutions.

Photonics positioned as Key Technology for Driving Digital manufacturing at the European Parliament
Europho21 initiated a luncheon and information event at the European Parliament to position and inform about the impact of Photonics on Digital Manufacturing in Europe. The event was co-organized with the PPPs factories of the Future and SPIRE, both highly relevant for manufacturing

Work carried out during the reporting period towards the achievement of objective 2:

As described in the DoA EuroPho21 followed two approaches for bringing photonics closer to end user and supplier industries:

a. Create direct links with other parts of the Horizon2020 programme:
• the “Societal Challenges” section relevant for photonics
• the “Industrial Leadership” section dealing with complementary Key Enabling Technologies/PPP.

b. Create direct links with end user industry in the regions:

Two Horizon 2020 “Societal Challenge” programme areas identified for closer cooperation
The Photonics Public Private Partnership Annual Meeting 2015 organized by Europeho21 was dedicated to bring the Photonics community closer to the communities and managers of the “Societal Challenges” Programme of H2020. Subsequent to the kick-off event the project started to identify those Societal Challenges Programmes areas that are a. most relevant for Photonics and b. open for collaboration. The Process industry (SPIRE PPP) and Health Programme were identified and approved by the Photonics PPP Partnership Board and the Board of Stakeholder. Midterm aim of closer collaboration is to establish joint or coordinated calls with these programme areas.

[only for information: Two PPPs in Industrial Leadership programme implementing Photonics21 priorities
Currently there are two other PPPs, Factories of the Future & 5G that have calls based on Photonics21 Research and Innovation Priorities. This is based on the initiative of the Photonics unit seconded by community engagement at the PPP level. No direct involvement of Europho21]

Common branding and concept for regional “Photonics PPP end user workshops” developed –
delay in workshops
The participating National Technology Platforms for Photonics started to set up links between photonics technology providers and end user industries to conduct 12 regional end user industry workshops, e.g. “Photonics 4 automotive” or “Photonics 4 food industry” throughout the EuroPho21 project. These workshops shall establish links and synergies between the photonics sector and photonics SMEs as technology providers and end user industries in the regions, to set up new collaborations and to foster photonics innovation closer to the market. The end user workshops shall involve but are not limited to national and regional end user representatives as well as photonics technology providers as the workshops are promoted across all participating National Technology Platforms for Photonics.

Work carried out during the reporting period towards the achievement of objective 3:

As described in the DoA the European research and innovation policy and funding is highly fragmented (Horizon2020 - member state programmes - regional funding). The EuroPho21 project strives to overcome this barrier and will link up regional, national and European funding in photonics by increasing the participation of Member States and regions in the Photonics21 Mirror Group. The aim is to enable further Horizon 2020 photonics calls jointly financed by regions, Member States and the European Commission through the ERANET+ scheme. Furthermore, the project will link up regions with an investment priority in Photonics/Advanced Manufacturing to the Horizon2020 photonics funding scheme. The ultimate aim is to combine projects financed by regional funds (Smart Specialisation) with Horizon 2020 Photonics KET projects and therewith significantly leverage the impact of both programmes for Europe.

National Photonics Circles to increase the participation of Member States and regions in the Mirror Group
Throughout 2015 the EuroPho21 project partners representing the national technology platforms for photonics provided information about

• the actual start situation for the development of Photonics
• the funding possibilities in the country
• participation of the member state in Photonics21 Mirror Group and in ERANET cofund projects
• achievements in year 1 (2015)
• planning for year 2

In some countries it was possible to contact the Federal Councillor, President, Prime Minister (or equivalent) and the high level ministers heading the Education and Research Departments thereby increasing the visibility of photonics in national research and innovation policy. The deliverable D3.3 Report on meetings with national/regional authorities outlining the impact on the participation in the Photonics21 Mirror Group and in ERANET+ actions summarises the national meetings with representatives of the respective ministries.

Seeking synergies between Horizon 2020 activities and regions active in Photonics
All EuroPho21 partners conducted activities to seek synergies between the Horizon 2020 activities and regions active in Photonics in order to leverage public and private spending for Photonics innovation in Europe. The deliverable D3.6 Report on Smart Specialisation projects/programmes in each region interested in photonics or advanced manufacturing summarises these activities as a collection of fact sheets.

The project partner CNOP participated in the Brussels meeting KETs for Regional Growth: Synergies between H2020 and ESIF. Presentations were given on the RIS3 project, platform status, progress in joining H2020 and RIS3 strategies, KETs activities and funding possibilities (ERA-Nets, Vanguard Initiative). This was further complemented by brainstorming sessions of the various KETs Advanced Manufacturing and Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Materials and Photonics and Nano-electronics.

Alongside the Laser World of Photonics 2015 congress and exhibition in Munich the Photonics PPP conducted a workshop entitled 1st European Regional Authority and Cluster workshop Innovation in Regions. Main aim was to bring the regional policy actors together with the photonic clusters and the photonics industry

• to share innovation strategies and to discuss best practices on how to support SMEs and to turn innovations into products in the areas of photonics and advanced manufacturing;
• to discuss how policy programmes and instruments at different levels can be applied in the interest of the regional and European competitiveness;
• to discover the power of photonics as a key enabling technology and to understand better what photonics can do for your region.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

During the first project year EuroPho21 has already contributed to the expected impacts as outlined in the DoA:

Impact 1:
By involving 2300 Photonics21 members (including end user community) in an open, transparent and inclusive strategy development and implementation process, EuroPho21 enables the photonics community in Europe to agree upon an unified strategy on photonics. This forms the very basis for boosting the competitiveness of the European photonics sector in both research and Innovation (Work Package 1). In order to succeed, the impact of photonics as a Key Enabling Technology will be monitored and communicated to the end user industry and other stakeholders like financial investors.

Impact 2:
The potential of photonics as a Key Enabling Technology deployed in end user industry is still unmet. Through targeted workshops in regions with strong end user industry present photonics will make the next step to enforce new value chains making photonics and end user industry more competitive. Moreover new opportunities involving end users (KETs or Societal challenges) will be provided within the Horizon 2020 programme to engage in new Research & Innovation (pilot production & demonstration) actions. By bringing the photonics stakeholders in closer contact to the end user industry a new route for speeding up the innovation process and overcome the so called Valley of Death will be achieved.

Impact 3:
The current fragmentation of the funding system at European, national and regional level is a major hurdle for the efficient implementation of a joint photonics strategy in Europe. EuroPho21 will make the critical link to move towards a coordinated or even joint programming. Through ERANET+ calls (Photonics21 Mirror Group) or coordinated calls between Horizon2020 and the regional funds a significant leverage of initial Horizon 2020 funding will be achieved (Work Package 2).

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Record Number: 190214 / Last updated on: 2016-11-09
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