One-Stop-Shop Open Access to Photonics Innovation Support for a Digital Europe

    Project: EU project

    Project Details


    PhotonHub Europe will establish a single pan-EU Photonics Innovation Hub which integrates the best-in-class photonics technologies, facilities, expertise and experience of 53 partners from all over Europe, including the coordinators of EU pilot lines and local photonics hubs representing 18 regions, as a one-stop-shop solution offering a comprehensive range of supports to industry for the accelerated uptake and deployment of photonics. PhotonHub will provide European companies, in particular “non-photonics” SMEs and mid-caps that are first users and early adopters of photonics, with open access and guided orienteering to the following key support services: training and upskilling opportunities within PhotonHub’s Demo and Experience Centres throughout Europe and enhanced by digital tools for online learning; “test before invest” innovation support capabilities to engage with companies on highly collaborative Innovation Projects aimed at TRL acceleration from prototyping (TRL3-4) to upscaling (TRL5-6) to manufacturing (TRL7-8), and complemented by targeted business and IP advisory supports; and support to find investment through investment-readiness coaching and investor match-making organised in collaboration with major regional and European venture fora and deep tech Investor Days. PhotonHub will uniquely support cross-border innovation activities of European companies, while simultaneously working closely with the local photonics hubs to develop and roll out best practices of the “lighthouse” regions for ongoing regional financial support of SME innovation activities and to support the creation of new innovation hubs covering most regions of Europe. Finally, PhotonHub will fine-tune and implement its business plan for long-term sustainability in the form of the PhotonHub Europe Association as a durable entity which is deeply rooted within the wider ecosystem of local, regional and EU-DIHs for maximum leverage and impact on European competitiveness and sovereignty.
    AcronymPhotonHub Europe
    Effective start/end date1/01/2130/04/25

    Collaborative partners

    • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    • ALPhANOV (Project partner)
    • Lukasiewicz Institute of Microelectronics and Photonics (Łukasiewicz-IMIF) (Project partner)
    • Leibniz-Institut fur Photonische Technologien (IPHT) (Project partner)
    • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Project partner)
    • OptoNet e.V. (Project partner)
    • Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique S.A. (CSEM) (Project partner)
    • European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) (Project partner)
    • Confindustria Toscana (Project partner)
    • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) (Project partner)
    • Ghent University (Project partner)
    • Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) (Project partner)
    • Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) (Project partner)
    • Asociación De Investigación Metalúrgica Del Noroeste (AIMEN) (Project partner)
    • Stichting PhotonDelta (Project partner)
    • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V. (Project partner)
    • Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) (Project partner)
    • Interuniversitair Micro-Electronica Centrum (IMEC) (Project partner)
    • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Project partner) (lead)
    • Foundation for Research & Technology – Hellas (FORTH) (Project partner)
    • European Business and Innovation Centre Network AISBL (Project partner)
    • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (Project partner)
    • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Project partner)
    • Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Project partner)
    • LioniX BV (Project partner)
    • Tech Tour Global (Project partner)
    • FundingBox Accelerator sp. z o.o. (Project partner)
    • El.en. S.p.A. (Project partner)
    • National Research Council (CNR) (Project partner)
    • Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) (Project partner)
    • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Project partner)
    • Warsaw University of Technology (Project partner)
    • Polska Platforma Technologiczna Fotoniki (PPTF) (Project partner)
    • University of Southampton (Project partner)
    • AMIRES The business innovation management institute, z.ú. (Project partner)
    • Hellenic Photonics Cluster (HPhos) (Project partner)
    • Leonardo S.p.A (Project partner)
    • CARTIF Technology Center (Project partner)
    • Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) (Project partner)
    • 24IP Law Group France SARL (Project partner)
    • Ekonomiska föreningen PhotonicSweden (Project partner)
    • Smart Photonics BV (Project partner)
    • Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) (Project partner)
    • Flanders Make (Project partner)
    • Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) (Project partner)
    • Photonics France (Project partner)
    • Science and Technology Park of Institute of Physics (STPIP) (Project partner)
    • Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Telecomunicazioni (CNIT) (Project partner)
    • French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) (Project partner)
    • Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) (Project partner)
    • LIGENTEC SA (Project partner)
    • University College Cork (Project partner)
    • Photonics Finland (Project partner)
    • Optec-Berlin-Brandenburg (OpTecBB) e.V. (Project partner)

    Funding category

    • EU-H2020


    • H2020-DT-2020-1
    • Semiconductor lasers