18 October 2021 ACTPHAST

Access for companies and European researchers to Photonics innovation solutions and technology support ACTPHAST, an ICT project funded by the European Union’s H2020 program, is a “one-stop-shop” for supporting photonics innovation. Two ACTPHAST projects are currently running to support innovation in Photonics, one for companies and the other one for researchers, and have received an extension due to the COVID pandemic. One of them, ACTPHAST 4.0, is entering its final year and is now actively encouraging companies to take advantage of available funding which will make it possible for them to receive hands-on support from experts.

ACTPHAST 4.0 is especially designed to support European companies who want to boost the innovation of their project with photonics. It is open to companies of all sizes, but particularly targeting SMEs who do not have the financial resources to invest in in-house R&D expertise and state-of-the-art technologies, allowing them to undertake risky innovation projects by giving them direct access to the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities of Europe‘s leading photonics research centres (the ACTPHAST Partners). This enables companies to exploit the tremendous commercial potential of applied photonics. ICFO is one of 24 research institutes who together make up the ACTPHAST 4.0 Partners.

ACTPHAST4R aims to support researchers who have a conceptional breakthrough and would like to realize their prototype (or some components for their prototype) with mature photonics technologies. It is particularly targeted to researchers from non-photonics domains that are actively seeking to innovate and exploit new conceptual breakthroughs enabled by photonics. Researchers are given access to the advanced photonics technology platforms in order to demonstrate their conceptual breakthroughs with industrially-relevant equipment. In addition to maturing and building demonstrators, ACTPHAST4R offers internship at photonics technology centers, hands-on training with the advanced photonics technologies, and deployment coaching by experienced ACTPHAST4R business development experts.

ICFO participates in both ACTPHAST 4.0 and ACTPHAST 4R. Companies and researchers that submit proposals seeking support from ICFO experts that could lead to economically viable innovations for industries are encouraged to apply now to www.ACTPHAST.eu