European Calls

In this section you will find information on European funding opportunities and relevant calls related to photonics.

Further information on EU funding opportunities is available via the EC portal Access to EU finance.

A factsheet on SMEs in Horizon 2020 which outlines funding opportunities is available for download: SMEs in Horizon 2020

You can download an overview document on funding opportunities in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014 - 2015.

Further information on the first Horizon 2020 calls is available on the Participants Portal.

ECSEL 2014

Theme Topics range from smart mobility, smart society, smart energy, smart health and smart manufacturing. For further details please see the description in the ECSEL Mutliannual Strategic Plan.
Opening 9 July 2014
Closing 17 September 2014
Budget The total budget available is € 190,000,000.
ECSEL Work Plan 2014 ECSEL Work Plan 2014
ECSEL Multiannual Strategic Plan ECSEL Multiannual Strategic Plan
External Website Participants Portal


EUREKA Eurostars Programme

Theme Eurostars aims to stimulate SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects by easing access to support and funding. It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets. Through this joint Programme, based on Article 185 of the Lisbon Treaty, Eurostars aims to combine the best of two worlds with a bottom-up approach, a central submission and evaluation process, and synchronized national funding in 33 countries. The Eurostars Programme is open to project proposals of different technologies.
Opening EUREKA's Eurostars Programme is open for funding applications on a continuous basis, with an average of two application submission deadlines each year.
Closing The next deadline for submitting an application is 11th September 2014, 20.00 CET.
External Website Eurostars Website



Theme Funding will be offered to innovative projects focusing on: Integrated Computational Materials Engineering; New Surfaces and Coatings; Composite Technology; Materials for Sustainable and Affordable Low Carbon Energy Technologies; Materials for Health; Functional Materials Focusing on Sensors
Opening 6 June 2014
Closing 16 September 2014
External Website M-era.Net Website


ICT-27-2015 - Photonics KET

Theme Research and innovation actions on application driven core photonic technology developments for a new generation of photonic devices (including components, modules and sub-systems). Focus is on following topics: Optical communication for data centers; High-throughput laser-based manufacturing; PIC technology; Innovation Support through public procurement actions; Coordination and Support Actions
Opening 15 October 2014
Closing 14 April 2015
External Website Research Participants Portal European Commission Website


Fast Track to Innovation Pilot - FTIPilot-1-2015

Theme Business driven projects and open to project proposals in any technology or application area. The call is not restricted to SMEs but it requires strong business development and aims to reduce time from idea to market, to encourage the participation of first-time applicants to EU research funding and to increase private sector investment in research and innovation.
Funding The indicative EU contribution per action is expected to be between €1 million and €2 million of a total budget of € 100 million.
Opening 6 January 2015
Closing Project proposals can be submitted at any time. They will be evaluated after following 3 cut-off dates in 2015: 29/04/2015; 01/09/2015 and 01/12/2015
Horizon 2020 Work Programme Fast Track to Innovation Pilot


Breaking the optical transmission barriers Inducement Prize

Theme The innovation prize should reward radical breakthrough solutions in the field of optical fibre transmission which will ultimately find their way into future optical fibre networks. The solution will assist in supporting networks which deliver the demand for bandwidth and provide the resources for future applications. The solution should further overcome the limitation of long distance fibre transmission systems, in terms of overall capacity, capacity per channel, flexibility of capacity allocation among network parts, and distance without full regeneration, while surpassing the 1 Tb/s per wavelength channel considered to be introduced at the commercial level in the near future.
Funding 500 000 €
Opening The rules of the contest will be published in Q4 2014.
Closing Deadline for pre-registration is in Q4 2015.
Further information Optical transmission inducement prize
Horizon 2020 Work Programme Horizon 2020 Work Programme pages 103-107


Research and Innovation Prorities for Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016/2017 ongoing


Photonics21 Board of Stakeholders election 2014


Photonics PPP contract signed


EU supporting photonics in Horizon 2020