Introduction to ACTPHAST

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This presentation gives you an overview of the EU FP7 ACTPHAST project, coordinated by the Brussels Photonics Team of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

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Introduction to ACTPHAST

  1. 1. A unique “plug-and-play” innovation support model connecting European companies to the best in photonics research technology and expertise tailored to specific business opportunities and need
  2. 2. Why innovate with photonics? Photonics is a Key Enabling Technology with Enormous Economic Potential  Total Direct Photonics market globally ~ €350bn  Even larger leverage effect along the value chain  European Photonics market ~ €64bn  Estimated annual growth rate 6,5%  Estimated global market size in 2020 ~ €615bn  Many market-leading industrial players in EU  300,000 employees directly  >5000 SMEs / >1000 research institutes  Leading market shares of European companies  Production technology 55%  Optical components & systems 40%  Measurement & automated vision 35%  Medical technology & life sciences 30%
  3. 3. What are the market applications for photonics innovation? The EC identified 10 key application domains to support Europe in its innovation endeavours with photonics as a key-enabling technology* * Source: Photonics 21 Strategic Research Agenda 2010
  4. 4. Who is actively innovating in the different specialisations across Europe? Each application domain counts hundreds of entreprises all actively in pursuit of product and business innovation. Most companies are SMEs and are represented by regional clusters, as illustrated in the examples below..... e.g. Medical Technologies – EU Clusters e.g. Communications – EU Clusters
  5. 5. Why is there a need to support innovation? If European companies want to keep their market share, continued product innovation with photonics will be crucial ... But SMEs and large-scale companies often encounter road-blocks in their innovation efforts...
  6. 6. What are the major roadblocks to innovation – especially for SMEs? Human resources & expertise in-house experts & photonics expertise are missing supporting an in-house R&D team is too expensive identifying external experts is often a shot in the dark dedicated task forces for photonics solutions are almost non-existent investment risk is too high or financially irresponsible multi-stop technology shopping fails; partial solutions are often incompatible one-stop shop technology supply chains are almost non-existent Technology in-house cutting-edge photonics technology is missing Roadblock Removers
  7. 7. ACTPHAST has been specifically designed to offer a large-scale solution CREATE one-stop shop solutions provider based on the best technology platforms REMOVE photonics innovation roadblocks prioritize product innovation open new markets + plug-and-play task forces for photonics innovation composed of the best EU experts AND SUPPORT accelerate the time-to-market European SMEs and LSCs grow business create jobs
  8. 8. Who is ACTPHAST support aimed at? ACTPHAST is designed to support two types of companies who need photonics expertise and technologies to innovate their products and to enhance their competitiveness 1. Photonics Companies Companies whose core business is the production of photonic components and photonic systems 2. Photonics-enabled Companies Companies that enhance their products with the enabling power of optics or photonics for application domains such as Medical, Lighting, Defense, Entertainment, Energy, Food, Transport, etc. These companies can be SMEs or large-scale – with particular focus on SMEs – who have a European identity
  9. 9. Who is ACTPHAST support aimed at? ACTPHAST supports companies with product innovation at precompetitive level (i.e. from Technology Readiness Level (TRLs) 2 to 5) - multiple projects are possible to faciliate progression and accelerated time-to-market
  10. 10. What kind of support is available? More than 200 top experts from 23 EU research institutes, representing the best in European research, ready to help
  11. 11. What kind of support is available? ACTPHAST partners represent 7 strategic technology platforms, each a ready-made supply-chain for supporting industry from design to prototype Optical Modelling and Photonic Design free-space optical systems Optical Measurement and Characterization glass and polymer specialty fibers polymer optics organic largearea photonics Mastering and Prototyping Technologies Strategic photonics technology platforms MOEMS Ready-made supply chain for each platform Demonstrators and Prototypes Packaging and Integration Si3Ni4-PICs InP-PICs Si-PICs Low-Cost Low-Volume Manufacturing
  12. 12. Who are the people managing and co-ordinating the program? Executive Board Central Contact Point Technical Co-ordination Team (TCT)
  13. 13. How are proposals for innovation projects evaluated? 8 key eligibility and evaluation criteria are used to select the best projects for support European identity & project objectives in line with EC pre-competitive character of the request quality of the proposal including consensus on IPR innovative character of the proposal demonstrable capacity of ACTPHAST to accomplish the request level of involvement of the company level of requested subsidy commensurate with the support potential impact on the company’s business
  14. 14. Fast Decision-Making on Proposals The proposal is prepared by the ACTPHAST expert so there is minimal paperwork for the company QUALIFIED EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FROM A COMPANY EXPERT APPOINTED 1 WEEK CENTRAL CONTACT POINT INFORMS THE TECHNICAL COORDINATION TEAM (TCT) EXPERT VISITS 2 WEEKS PROPOSAL SUBMITTED INCL. CONSENSUS ON IPR & OTHER KEY CONTRACT TERMS BETWEEN THE PROPOSED PARTIES TO THE PROJECT 2-4 WEEKS PROPOSAL GRANTED 2-4 WEEKS CENTRAL CONTACT POINT PROVIDES CONTINUOUS COMMUNICATION THROUGHOUT TO CHECK PROGRESS AGAINST MILESTONES
  15. 15. Fast Execution of Projects Contract templates help to accelerate the process; typically 0-3 months to sign the contract, and 6 months to complete the project PROPOSAL GRANTED 0-12 WEEKS PROGRESS REPORT 8 WEEKS SPECIFIC PROJECT CONTRACT SIGNED BETWEEN THE PARTIES TO THE PROJECT, I.E. THE COMPANY AND ONE OR MORE RESEARCH INSTITUTES INVOLVED 8 WEEKS CENTRAL CONTACT POINT ENQUIRES CONSENSUS REPORT 8 WEEKS CENTRAL CONTACT POINT ENQUIRES PERIODIC IMPACT MEASUREMENT AFTER PROJECT COMPLETION, E.G. REVENUE & JOBS GROWTH IN SUPPORTED COMPANIES
  16. 16. Example of a Typical Project Company details Company name EVOSENS Location France Company type SME Activity description Designer and manufacturer of optical systems for the corporate and government laboratories in the areas of industry, research, environmental or medical. Optical systems Application field Project information Scope Feasibility study on wafer-scale fabrication of low cost tuneable liquid crystal lenses for miniature cameras Access unit Prototyping, mastering, and replication Packaging Project leader Prof. Dr. ir. Geert Van Steenberge (IMEC) Start Duration Partners March 2013 5,7 months IMEC (Belgium), VTT (Finland)
  17. 17. Example of a Typical Project Company details Company name Alba Photonics Location UK Company type SME Activity description Designer and manufacturer of high efficiency diffractive and microoptical elements for beam shaping and wavefront manipulation needs. Optical components Application field Project information Scope Development of a nanostructured micro-optical component for fiber-based optical microprobe for optical trapping. Access unit Prototyping, mastering, and replication Project leader Prof. Dr. Ryszard Buczynski (ITME) Start Duration Partners February 2013 5,3 months ITME (Poland)
  18. 18. Summary of key benefits to industry focus is on the company’s innovation challenge subsidy lowers company’s innovation threshold; 100% subsidy for SMEs 50% subsidy for large companies one-stop shop for top experts and technology that best suit the business challenge low administration; companies are seen as customers of the programme and most paperwork is done centrally on their behalf centralized contact point for fast response timely support; typical project duration of 6 months aimed at faster time-to-market
  19. 19. How to start discussions? Contact the Local ACTPHAST Outreach Co-ordinator for your region to start discussions on applying for support The ACTPHAST Outreach Network provides local contacts across all EU regions who work directly with local companies and the regional clusters to identify suitable innovation projects ACTPHAST Central Outreach Co-ordinator
  20. 20. Outreach Contact Details Central Outreach Co-ordinator VUB Peter Doyle Email Phone Local Regions Covered pdoyle@b-phot.org +32-479-794600 Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Slovenia, Hungary Local Outreach Co-ordinators CNIT Marco Romagnoli marco.romagnoli@cnit.it +39-050-5492266 Italy, Croatia CNRS Raphaël Clerc raphael.clerc@institutoptique.fr +33-6-23419922 France HHI Torsten Mehlhorn torsten.mehlhorn@hhi.fraunhofer.de +49-30-31002716 North Germany, Austria ICCS Dimitris Apostolopoul os Sergi apostold@mail.ntua.gr +30 210 7722871 Greece, Malta, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus sergi.ferrando@icfo.eu +34-93-5534188 Spain, Portugal ICFO Ferrando KIT Mathias Heckele mathias.heckele@kit.edu +49 721 60 82 2512 South Germany, Switzerland ORC Tom Carr t.j.carr@soton.ac.uk +44-23-80599506 United Kingdom Tyndall/ UCC Patrick Morrissey patrick.morrissey@tyndall.ie +353-21-4904083 Ireland / Northern Ireland UEF Jyrki Saarinen jyrki.saarinen@uef.fi +358-50-5954348 Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia WUT Marcin Witkowski m.witkowski@mchtr.pw.edu.pl +48-22-2348394 Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia
  21. 21. How to access support? E-mail the Central Contact Point Ir. Nathalie Debaes E-mail: ndebaes@actphast.eu Peter Doyle E-mail: pdoyle@actphast.eu  Call for projects is open from mid-January 2014 with up to 200 projects expected to be completed by 2017  Register Your Interest now via the ACTPHAST website www.actphast.eu and a member of the ACTPHAST Outreach Team will contact you to discuss your project
  22. 22. ACTPHAST is specifically designed to remove the major innovation roadblocks for European companies, providing support which is: Low cost – 100% subsidy for SMEs Low risk – we find the right experts for you Low admin – we do the paperwork for you Fast turnaround – we complete projects within 6-9 months 22

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