Cluster to support R&D

The UK Photonics Cluster has launched the Collaborative Partner Programme (CPP) initiative to support research and development companies.

The Cluster has already developed links with 5,000 businesses, universities and research technology organisations (RTO’s) since its launch in 2000. CPP was formally launched at the euroLED exhibition in Coventry.

The programme has three main themes; to put research and development companies in touch with sources of financial support; to use its network to link members to the support skills they need; and to make technical facilities available, such as its own laboratories at the AstonSciencePark in Birmingham.

The scheme is backed by organisations, which include PERA, Qinetiq and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

Photonics Cluster’s Alex Clarke said: ‘Our R&D Collaborative Partner Programme is a landmark development for the UK‘s hard-pressed yet highly ingenious and innovative photonics R&D community’.

He added: ‘It will enable growth and will see members utilise the new resources to bring their products to market quickly and efficiently, and greatly enhance bottom line opportunities in the process.’