Funding available for business-led photonics research

A £3.7m investment is being made into photonics technologies that have the potential to solve challenges in the health sector.

The investment seeks to encourage the formation of new business-led partnerships between academia, industry and health providers, to validate and highlight new applications of photonics in healthcare.

The investment will be administered by the Technology Strategy Board and run as a two-part process – the first part being a single-stage competition for feasibility studies, including at least one small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) and lasting between 6 and 12 months.  £1.5m will be allocated to this strand, with individual project awards of up around £100k.

The second part is a two-stage competition for collaborative R&D projects, again, including at least one SME. Projects will last between 12 and 24 months. £2.2m is allocated to this strand, with individual project awards of up to £750k available.