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Strengthening Photonics and Optical Technologies for Europe

Objective

Mission The 3-year project ERA-SPOT aims to consolidate the research funding activities in Optical Technology (OT) throughout Europe. This shall be realised by the co-ordination of national programmes by means of developing and implementing joint strategies and actions. While research and innovation in OT play increasingly important roles in several Member States, funding activities at national level are still fragmented. A joint effort of all Member States engaged in the promotion of OT is an indispensable precondition for the exploitation of Europes high economic and societal potential of OT. The critical mass required to compete on the world stage can only be achieved by combining the specific competencies, strengths and resources throughout Europe. Objectives - Set the stage for the open co-ordination of national research and innovation policies. - Develop common instruments, mechanisms and strategies for joint activities. - Institutionalise ERA-SPOT and implement long-term collaboration. At large, ERA-SPOT is expected to lead to a higher degree of synergy, to a more efficient use of resources and to durable co-operation throughout Europe. Consortium The consortium comprises representatives of all significant OT-related funding programmes throughout Europe. Representing six Member States, all participants are key actors and/or the primary governmental bodies in the research systems of their respective countries. Altogether they are responsible for relevant programmes with a total annual budget of more than 85 million EUR. Moreover, information exchange beyond the consortium and the preparedness to integrate newly emerging programmes and further Member States will ensure an exhaustive pan-European co-ordination.

Call for proposal

ERA-NET/1/CA-SSA
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Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action

Coordinator

VDI TECHNOLOGIEZENTRUM GMBH
Address
Graf-recke-strasse 84
Duesseldorf
Germany

Participants (7)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
ENTERPRISE IRELAND
Ireland
Address
The Plaza, East Point Business Park
Dublin 3
FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
Germany
Address
Heinemannstr. 2
Bonn
MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Slovenia
Address
Kotnikova 38
Ljubljana
MINISTÉRE DE L'ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR ET DE LA RECHERCHE -- DIRECTION GENERALE DE LA RECHERCHE ET DE L'INNOVATION
France
Address
Rue Descartes, 1
Paris
OESTERREICHISCHE FORSCHUNGSFÖRDERUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Austria
Address
Sensengasse 1
Vienna
THE SWEDISH AGENCY FOR INNOVATION SYSTEMS
Sweden
Address
Mäster Samuelsgatan 56
Stockholm