ERA-NET co-funding competition: photonic sensing

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

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.

They will consider the following application areas:

  • safety, including food safety
  • civil security
  • manufacturing and production
  • environmental monitoring
  • medical applications

The deadline for stage 1 pre-proposals is by 5pm Central European Time (CET) on 5 December 2016.

The deadline for stage 2 full proposals is by 5pm CET on 29 March 2017.

The application portal is

Contacts for UK applicants:

Amy Oswin:

Myrddin Jones:


Telephone: 0300 321 4357

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