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ACceleraTing PHotonics innovAtion for SME’s: a one STop-shop-incubator

ACceleraTing PHotonics innovAtion for SME’s: a one STop-shop-incubator

Objective

ACTPHAST 4.0 (ACceleraTing PHotonics innovAtion for SMEs: a one STop-shop-incubator) is a unique photonics innovation incubator for Europe which is perfectly aligned with the needs of SMEs in overcoming the challenges and seizing the opportunities afforded by the new digital revolution of Industry 4.0 in which photonics technologies are a key enabler. ACTPHAST 4.0 will directly support the broader and faster take-up of photonics by a critical mass of SMEs by providing action-oriented solutions on two complementary levels, driven by the business needs of the companies: (i) ready-made access to rapid prototyping services using the top photonics technologies and expert know-how of Europe’s leading photonics competence centers covering the entire integrated supply chain of photonics technology platform capabilities to make deep interventions in the SMEs’ new product development through focused short-duration co-innovation projects; combined with (ii) professional coaching on the technical, business and financial aspects of the innovation process, from concept feasibility through to a mass-manufacturable marketable product. ACTPHAST 4.0 is designed to ensure that all of Europe’s SMEs, in particular first users and early adopters across a wide range of end user industries, have open access to the incubator for timely, efficient and cost-effective photonics innovation support. As a result, ACTPHAST 4.0 expects to boost photonics innovation in Europe at a scale and with a leveraging factor never seen before, delivering a substantial increase in the revenues, venture capital and jobs across all of the supported companies. In addition, through its tight links with the EU pilot lines, as well as its collaboration with smart “first mover” regions across the EU on best practices for co-funding on SME innovation, ACTPHAST 4.0 will act as a game-changer in revitalizing European manufacturing and as one of the vital catalysts to the successful digitization of European industry.
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Coordinator

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Address

Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 3 187 677,50

Participants (24)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 380 215

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 321 215

POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 321 215

INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 321 215

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 321 215

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 321 215

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 321 215

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 321 215

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 321 215

LIONIX INTERNATIONAL BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 224 850,50

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 288 890

FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 274 140

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 274 140

ITA-SUOMEN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 274 140

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE TELECOMUNICAZIONI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 274 140

UNIWERSYTET MARII CURIE-SKLODOWSKIEJ

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 274 140

INSTYTUT TECHNOLOGII MATERIALOW ELEKTRONICZNYCH

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 274 140

FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 274 140

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUER PHOTONISCHE TECHNOLOGIEN E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 274 140

JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 274 140

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 274 140

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 274 140

SMART PHOTONICS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 191 898

EUROPE UNLIMITED S.A.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 141 155

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 779472

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 November 2017

  • End date

    31 October 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 239 047,50

  • EU contribution

    € 9 999 946

Coordinated by:

VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL

Belgium