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German Federal President awards Novaled’s founders team for the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2011
You can read the full press release here.
European Commission adopts Green Paper on Solid State Lighting and launches a public consultation
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, stated: "Expanding LED lighting is a 'no-brainer'. It means more money in your pocket, and a healthier planet. Please give us your ideas on how to speed up its deployment and maximise the number of jobs and savings Europe can gain from expanding the use of LED lighting."
You can read the full press release if you click here:
The Green Paper proposes to introduce new policy initiatives and a public debate with all interested parties in Europe to accelerate the wide deployment of innovative high-quality lighting solutions, based on light emitting diode (LED) and organic LED technologies in the field of 'Solid State Lighting' (SSL). The Green Paper addresses the demand as well as the supply side.
First, it addresses policies targeting European users (professional users and consumers). They should overcome existing challenges for wider market uptake. The Green Paper then proposes policies addressing the European lighting industry to foster its leading position and competitiveness and to contribute to growth and jobs in Europe.
The Commission has asked for the views of all interested
individuals and organisations on the specific questions set out in the Green
Paper. The public consultation has been closed on the 29 February 2012.
You can read the Photonics21 response to the SSL Green Paper public consultation here.
Furthermore, you can read about the EPIC response to the SSL Green Paper public consultation here.
Photonics is mentioned in several articles related to Horizon 2020
Optics.org has published an article entitled "Photonics features at first EC 'innovation convention". You can read the full article here. Furthermore, you can further read about Horizon 2020 here.
Press Conference of the European Commission on Horizon 2020
Key messages for the photonics community:
- In total 80 billion of funding for research and innovation – an increase vs. the € 56 bn in FP 7
- A Key Enabling Technology Box – comprising Photonics - with a dedicated budget (EUR 6663 million) is included in the Horizon2020 proposal. The proposed budget for the ICT related KETs, Photonics and Nanoelectronics, is EUR 1795 million in total.
- Installation of further Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in Horizon2020 are considered in the proposal. Photonics and Robotics are mentioned as potential new PPPs.
- Organic Electronics is
included in the “Industrial Leadership” ICT part of the program.
The “Horizon 2020” proposal from the EU Commission will now be discussed with
the Council, the European Patliament and the Committee of the regions.
€ 80 billion investment in research and innovation, to boost growth and jobs
In their communication the European Commission proposed a € 80 billion investment in research and innovation, to boost competitiveness, growth and jobs. Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has announced Horizon 2020, an €80 billion programme for investment in research and innovation. This includes Strategic Innovation Agenda for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which will receive €2.8 billion of funding under Horizon 2020 as well as a complementary new programme to boost competitiveness and innovation in SMEs, with an additional budget of €2.5 billion. The funding programmes will run from 2014 to 2020.
Funding will focus on three key objectives
Horizon 2020 will focus its funds on three key objectives “Excellent Science”, “Industrial Leadership” and “Societal Challenges”.
- “Excellent Science” has a dedicated budget of €24.6 billion, including an increase in funding of 77% for the very successful European Research Council (ERC).
- “Industrial Leadership” has a budget of €17.9 billion. This includes a major investment of €13.7 billion in key technologies, as well as greater access to capital and support for SMEs.
- “Societal Challenges” has a proposed budget of €31.7 billion addressing six key themes: Health, demographic change and well-being; Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research and the bio-economy; Secure, clean and efficient energy; Smart, green and integrated transport; Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; and Inclusive, innovative and secure societies.
An integrated approach to Key Enabling Technologies
The Key Enabling Technologies play a major role in the Horizon 2020 programme to achieve “LEADERSHIP IN ENABLING AND INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGIES”. The European Commission is asking for an integrated approach to Key Enabling Technologies which will contribute to future growth and jobs. Horizon 2020 foresess a dedicated budget of EUR 6663 million for the KETs photonics, micro- and nanoelectronics, nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology and advanced manufacturing and processing. Furthermore, dedicated support will be provided for larger-scale pilot line and demonstrator projects to exploit the accumulated benefits from combining different KETs.
The proposed Budget for the Industrial Leadership Section
Photonics is mentioned in the “Industrial Leadership Section” in the session “Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies”, which in total shall receive a € 15580 mio. funding.
The ICT sector thereof foresees a support of EUR 8975 million of which EUR 1795 million are assigned for photonics and micro-and nanoelectronics, EUR 4293 million for nanotechnologies, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing and processing, EUR 575 million for biotechnology and EUR 1737 million for space. As a result, EUR 6663 million will be available to support Key Enabling Technologies.
Organic Electronics is included in the ICT sector: “1.1.1. A new generation of components and systems: engineering of advanced and smart embedded components and systems” together with nano-bio systems, large area integration and the underlying technologies for the Internet of Things (IoT).
Further establishing of Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
In their “Proposal for a Council Decision establishing the Specific Programme Implementing Horizon 2020 -The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)” the EU Commission also refers to the Public Private Partnerships and their essential role in the future framework programme. Aside from continuing the PPP’s established in FP 7 further PPP’s are considered – amongst those partnerships in the ICT areas of Photonics, Robotics, sustainable process industries, on bio-based industries and on security technologies for maritime border surveillance.
Participate in the OLAE + Organic and Large Area Electronics European Competition for Collaborative R&D Funding - Call for proposals now open
OLAE + is a transnational call for collaborative research and development proposals under the European Commission’s (EC’s) ERA-NET Plus scheme. The call seeks proposals to develop and stimulate the technology and business relationships within the European organic large-area electronics (OLAE) community, building the supply chain and removing barriers to industrialisation. This €18 million competition is open to participants from Austria, Catalonia, Flanders, Germany, Israel, Poland, Sweden and the UK (the participating countries and regions). The expectation is to fund a mixture of small and large projects, with total costs typically in the range €0.5M to €3M. Projects must be bi- or multinational, collaborative, application-orientated and pre-competitive.
All proposals must be based on OLAE technologies. Proposals should address one or more of the following aspects:
·Exploration and validation of new and innovative OLAE materials and their use in new functional devices and systems;
·Process compatibility and integration for advanced system development
·The development of production equipment and processes that enable the large-scale manufacturing of displays, lighting, photovoltaics and integrated smart systems using current or next-generation material sets;
·Innovations in testing and measurement to enable or demonstrate high-volume in-line testing and repair;
·The development of new devices, materials, architectures, circuits or modelling tools to enable additional or improved device functionality, such as complementary semiconductor devices that improve speed and power; or display, sensor or power devices that perform better and/or are more compatible with plastic electronic fabrication processes;
·Significant improvements in barrier layer performance to manufacture at high speed, large volume and high yield;
·Device/component/system early demonstrators, including organic photovoltaics, displays, lighting, and integrated smart systems;
·Early validation of OLAE manufacturing techniques, including manufacturability, modelling and development of design/layout tools;
·Through any of the above, showcasing the potential for new products and new business models and business cases in the supply chain.
The timeline of the OLAE + competition is as follows:
Competition Opens: October 24th, 2011
First Proposal Deadline: January 31st, 2012 (13:00 CET)
Feedback Delivered for First Proposal: March 9th, 2012
Second Stage opens: March 12th, 2012
Full Proposal Deadline: May 31st, 2012 (13:00 CET)
Target for Feedback Delivered for Full Proposal: August 17th, 2012
Projects Start: End of 2012
You can find any further information about the call, the general conditions as well as the eligibility rules on the OLAE+ website: http://www.olaeplus.eu/
and in the corresponding brochure: http://www.olaeplus.eu/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/TSB_OLAE+comp_final.pdf
Participate in the ICT call Factories of the Future 2012
Furthermore, the FoF-ICT Call "Factories of the Future" - 2012 - Objective 7.1 Smart Factories: Energy aware, agile manufacturing and customisation is currently open. This call is dedicated to research proposals for lasers and laser systems. The deadline for proposal submission is the 1st December at 17h00 Brussels time.
You can find any further information in the subsection about current calls if you click here.
Casting light - Photonics industry asks for €7 billion partnership with EU
You can read the full article here.
Participate in the upcoming Information and Networking Event: OLAE+ European Competition for collaborative R&D funding - 27 October 2011, Brussels
Photonics21 commits to €7BN investment plan
|The industry group representing photonics in Europe agrees to a four-fold leveraging of initial public funding for technology development.|
Photonics21, which includes more than 1800 representatives of photonics industry and science in Europe, has proposed a €7 billion public-private partnership (PPP) investment to deliver technology innovation and commercialization on a scale not seen before in the continent.
As part of the forthcoming “Horizon 2020” program, Photonics21 said that the European photonics industry would provide a private-sector investment amounting to four times the initial funding from the European Commission (EC).
That would amount to private sector investment of €5.6 billion over seven years. And when combined with a requested public provision of €1.4 billion, the total investment in photonics innovation under the plan would be €1 billion per year from 2014 until 2020 – if all goes according to plan.
Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Malcolm Harbour, who has been closely involved with technological strategies at the EC such as its Digital Agenda thrust, attended the Photonics21 announcement, which was made at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on September 14:
“The proposed €7 billion partnership between Photonics21 and the European Commission would represent a substantial contribution by this sector towards future growth and job creation, and significantly assist the EU’s continued economic recovery,” Harbour said. “It will be a major boost for the roll out of the Innovation Union.”
Strong Commissioner support
But by March 2012, when Photonics21 will host its next annual meeting, the group hopes to have agreed details of how the PPP would work in practice, outlined key objectives, and proposed key performance indicators (KPI) to ensure that the impact of the money being invested can be closely monitored – seen as one of the weaknesses of current European spending on research and development.
Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, and a keynote speaker at the 2011 Photonics21 annual meeting in February, has already expressed her support for the photonics PPP idea. In a private letter sent to Photonics21 executives in July, Kroes wrote: “I value the strong commitment from the photonics industry to creating economic growth and jobs in Europe, as well as the proposed four-fold leveraging of the initial public funding and the monitoring of its impact through KPIs.”
“I appreciate in particular the clear emphasis on addressing the full research and innovation chain from materials to pilot actions – I conclude that the necessary ingredients are in place to justify the creation of a PPP in photonics.”
Investment along the value chain
Although photonics is estimated to be worth nearly €60 billion to Europe each year directly, employing 300,000 people and acting as an enabling technology to as much as 30% of the entire European economy, there is a widespread acknowledgment that many promising technologies do not make it through to full commercialization.
Giorgio Anania, a VP on the Photonics21 executive board and a member of the EC’s “high-level group” for key enabling technologies (KETs), said: “Photonics innovation in Europe tends to fall through in the stage between successful science and pilot-scale industrial deployments – the latter being the stage at which jobs can start being created.”
That “valley of death” scenario is a key focus of the KET high-level group’s recent report for the EC on how KETs ought to be supported in Europe in the forthcoming budget framework starting 2014. It proposes a “three-pillar” strategy to cross the valley of death – with attention focused on the pillars of technological research; product development; and world-class, advanced manufacturing.
Funding directed throughout the innovation value chain in that way would represent a significant departure from the historical EC funding strategy of supporting early-stage research in photonics that has been a feature of previous and current “framework programme” mechanisms.
Key recommendations for key enabling technologies
“The EU should recognize the need for the full and simultaneous implementation of the three-pillar bridge model along the innovation chain, from basic research, through technological research, product development and prototyping up to globally competitive manufacturing,” writes the high-level group in its executive summary to the report.
One of the key recommendations is for the EC to adopt the industrially recognized Technological Readiness Scale (TRL) scale, in accordance with standard OECD practice, while the high-level group also calls for a “radical rebalancing” of funding in KET-related programs, towards the establishment of pilot manufacturing lines and product prototypes. Such a change in emphasis from early-stage funding is seen as necessary to compete globally and maintain a manufacturing base, against the emergence of hugely powerful companies in Korea and China, where vast resources can be channeled towards manufacturing efforts much more directly.
The upshot in Europe would be far greater industry control of the EC’s technology investment programs, with the KET high-level group recommending that industry has a minimum 50% participation on respective program committees.
Another of the main recommendations from the KET group is that Europe adopts a globally competitive policy on intellectual property (IP) that gives a clear plan for IP exploitation to the consortia working on technology programs – citing the highly influential 1980 Bayh-Dole Act in the US as an example to follow.
But before all that can happen, the members of the EU have to agree on how much money it will commit to the next EC budget, how much of that will go towards the CSF, and how much to supporting the various KETs – while in the midst of a sovereign debt crisis that is currently threatening to seriously disrupt the financial union provided by the euro currency.
The proposal is for a significant increase in research and innovation spending to €80 billion for the forthcoming CSF. That proposal goes to the European Competitiveness Council in early December – a meeting at which some key decisions impacting the future of photonics development in Europe will likely be made.
|About the Author|
|Mike Hatcher is the Editor of optics.org|
Laser lobby bids for billions in EU research cash
A consortium of industry groups working on laser systems has proposed one of the largest ever public-private partnerships (PPPs) in European research, putting €5.6 billion on the table in return for a €1.4 billion injection of EU R&D cash.
The bid is the first sign of jostling private sector claims on the expanded EU research budget for the 2014-2020 funding period (see 'Background').
It comes ahead of European Commission proposals due in October to finance the EU's upcoming research programme, dubbed 'Horizon 2020'.
Photonics21, a consortium of more than 2,000 laboratories, companies and research institutions, has lodged a bid for a PPP, claiming it would contribute €5.6 billion to a plan that would also gobble €1.4 billion of the EU research budget's expanded pie.
The consortium includes many SMEs, but multinationals such as BAE Systems, Philips, Siemens and Sony are also represented.
Representing a variety of industrial sectors dealing with light technology, the photonics industry covers a wide range of industrial applications. Key areas highlighted by the consortium in respect of the bid include the development of:
- Ultra-high speed fibre-optic communication networks for telecommunications and IT;
- high-speed laser-based manufacturing processes;
- lasers for efficient medical diagnosis and treatment; and
- light-emitting diodes to reduce the consumption of power used for lighting.
Photonics claim future EU jobs boon
The European photonics sector claims to represent more than a fifth of the entire global market in the sector, employing 290,000 with an annual turnover of almost €58.5 billion.
The consortium went public with its bid at a launch event in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday (14 September). It claims that the PPP would turn Europe into the dominant market for the technology, generating a turnover of €3.6 trillion and up to 30 million jobs.
That would make photonics accountable for a tenth of EU GDP and one in six of all jobs.
The group would not give full details of how it accounted for the proposed private sector tranche of €5.6 billion, but it pointed to strong endorsement for the bid from Neelie Kroes, the commissioner for the digital agenda.
In a speech to the consortium earlier this year Kroes invited the European photonics industry to consider engaging in such a public-private partnership with the European Commission.
Kroes: 'You can count on me'
She said: "Don't hesitate to put something concrete on the table – but be aware that this can only work on the basis of a strong commitment by all partners. You can count on me to do my bit and to make sure photonics gets the support it needs."
The final decision on how Horizon 2020 will be divided up will rest mainly with Research Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, though she has indicated that she will work closely with other departments on the issue.
Commission officials said it was too early to comment on whether the bid was likely to be successful, but they suggested that the EU executive had at least welcomed the proposal.
In July MEPs warned that deciding how to carve up the newly boosted research budget – expected to reach at least €80 billion for the period 2014-2020 – is likely to cause internal power struggles at the European Commission.
"Given the magnitude of the gains such an alignment may realise, this proposal represents a significant contribution by the photonics industry towards the improved growth and competitiveness of the EU. Photonic innovation in Europe tends to fall through in the stage between successful science and pilot scale industrial deployments, the latter being the stage at which jobs can start being created," said Giorgio Anania, Photonics21 vice-president.