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TOPIC : Photonics based manufacturing, access to photonics, datacom photonics and connected lighting

Topic identifier: ICT-04-2018
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Types of action: RIA Research and Innovation action
IA Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
31 October 2017
Deadline: 17 April 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Industrial Leadership
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Topic Updates
  • 28 February 2018 17:19

    We herewith bring to the attention of applicants that they are permitted to remove the page break on the cover page of the technical annex's template. This means that the text of the proposal can start on the cover page.

  • 21 February 2018 17:45

    With the update of the Work Programme (WP) on 31 January 2018, an important erratum, which was contained in the previous text of this topic, was corrected. By this correction, the third 'Expected Impact' statement under 'a) Innovation Actions' has been changed. It now properly reads as follows:
    "iii) Enabling Europe to maintain and build on its leading position in innovative lighting solutions by making lighting part of the Internet of Things and unlocking new application domains."
    In the updated WP, the new text can be found on page 15.

Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Photonics research in Europe is widely recognized for its excellence; researchers however experience difficulties in demonstrating their conceptual breakthroughs. The challenge is to reinforce the innovation ecosystem by providing access to advanced photonics technology to researchers and thereby accelerating the deployment of the next generation of disruptive photonics technologies.

Photonic integration combined with cost-effective assembly and packaging processes enables a drastic level of miniaturization, reducing the costs of implementation and energy consumption. The challenge is to build capabilities for automated mass manufacturing of datacom photonics in Europe.

LED/OLED lighting is now becoming the dominant lighting technology and the market focus is shifting from energy efficiency to additional smart features. The challenge is the integration of lighting with the Internet of Things, offering new functionalities beyond illumination.

The development and application of innovative photonics based manufacturing solutions will open new ways of producing more goods with fewer raw materials, less energy and less waste. The challenge is to develop systems which deliver improved accuracy, power and control and which will enable the next generation of manufacturing in a range of industrial sectors.

Scope:

The focus is on the following themes:

a) Innovation Actions

  1. Access to advanced photonics for researchers: The objective is provide photonics and non-photonics researchers with a one-stop-shop access to a wide range of existing cutting edge technology platforms as well as services needed to facilitate their use (such as design, measurement and packaging).
  2. Enabling automated mass-manufacturing of datacom photonics products: Actions should demonstrate automated manufacturing of optical transceivers with transfer rates above 1Tb/s at competitive costs according to the interconnection distance. Actions should cover all manufacturing steps of proven designs from chip manufacturing to photonic/electronic integration through to packaging and testing, and final demonstration in a real environment. Standardisation should be addressed.
  3. Connected Lighting: The action should focus on integrating lighting infrastructure with the Internet of Things and demonstrating new functionalities such as visible light communication for indoor positioning and broadband data communication. Development and integration of new technologies as security and multicast communication into open architectures must be demonstrated in real environments. Standardisation of a reference architecture must be one of the main goals of the action.

Maximum one proposal will be selected to cover each of the themes i and iii. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 3 and 6 million would allow these themes to be addressed appropriately. Nevertheless this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

b) Research and Innovation Actions

  1. Highly Productive Ultra-Short Laser Systems for Fast Materials Processing: the development of ultra-short pulse laser systems with pulse durations in the nanosecond regime down to the femtosecond regime and with average beam power levels of at least 1kW enabling fast materials processing with minimal heat impact on the work piece. Pulse energies and wavelengths must be appropriate for the intended application. Proposals may include also the related monitoring and closed loop control aspects. The developed system should be demonstrated with a relevant industrial application.
  2. Tailored Laser Beams for Laser-based Manufacturing: new methods and schemes of beam shaping providing the optimal energy delivery on the work piece with a high spatial and temporal resolution. Proposals may include also the related monitoring and closed loop control aspects. The developed system should be demonstrated with a relevant industrial application.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 3 and 6 million would allow these themes to be addressed appropriately. Nevertheless this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Proposals should describe how the proposed work will contribute to the listed corresponding expected impacts and include baseline, targets and metrics to measure impact.

a) Innovation Actions

i. A strengthening European innovation ecosystem and improved cross fertilisation between photonics and other technology areas.

ii. Reduced manufacturing cost of PIC-based optical transceivers with transfer rates above 1Tb/s enabling massive deployment in datacenter environments (<1€/Gbps between racks and <0.1€/Gbps inside racks).

iii. Enabling Europe to maintain and build on its leading position in innovative lighting solutions by making lighting part of the Internet of Things and unlocking new application domains.

b) Research and Innovation Actions

i. Strengthening industrial manufacturing based on ultra-short pulse lasers and extending its field of applications by simultaneous improvement of precision and productivity; significant contribution to the digitization of European industry.

ii. Substantial contribution to digital photonic production with increased productivity, flexibility and customized products ("first time right") at significantly reduced costs.

Cross-cutting Priorities:

Contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs)
Photonics

Topic conditions and documents

A small piece of text, which is also relevant for this topic, can be found in the 'Call Summary' under the subheading 'Technologies for Digitising European Industry'.

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the Work Programme.
A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

 

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the Work Programme.

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below.

 

3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the Work Programme.
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

 

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation (single-stage call): maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

 

5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

 

6. Additional provisions:

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

 

7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

 

8. Additional documents:

1. Introduction WP 2018-20
5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) WP 2018-20
5i. Information and communication technologies (ICT) WP 2018-20
18. Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation WP 2018-20

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Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Specific Programme

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