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Future Aviation Security Solutions funding competition

The latest £4.5million competition from the future aviation security solutions programme seeks novel solutions that can enhance security at airports, the border and other screening locations strengthening the detection of dangerous, illicit and contraband items. Innovations should address at least one of 5 defined challenges Improving the screening process for passengers, staff and their belongings…

Space to Innovate competition

£2 million will be available through the Defence and Security Accelerator for innovative Space ideas.  Photonics is a key space technology with many leading UK innovators with sensing and free space optical communications particularly relevant to this call. The aim of this competition is to develop science and technology (S&T) solutions that address four challenges:…

Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2019 features leading photonics companies

The Photonics Leadership Group congratulates photonics companies who have won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2019 including:- Yelo, Carrickfergus. The globally leading manufacturer of Photonics burn-in and life test systems, Yelo wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for Outstanding Short Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years. Optos, Dunfermline.…

Scottish Optoelectronics Association celebrates 25th anniversary

The Photonics Leadership Group joins the whole photonics community in celebrating the silver anniversary of the Scottish Optoelectroincs Association. The Scottish Optoelectronics Association is one of the oldest photonics networks in the world, raising awareness of photonics and bringing local stakeholders together. Scotland remains a vibrant cluster of photonics manufacturing and reseach in the UK…

Photonics for advanced manufacturing- EUREKA collaborative R&D competition

A new EUREKA competition for advanced photonics manufacturing projects opened 25 March 2019. Briefing events in London, Edinburgh, St. Asaph and Cardiff. Closing date for submissions 25 July 2019. Project should address advanced or industrial manufacturing i.e. the use and/or integration of innovative technology to improve products or processes. Total eligible projects cost between €750,000…

IOP Business Awards open for nominations

Nominations are now open for the Institute of Physics business awards. Photonics businesses have been award winners in many previous years and strong submission are encouraged for 2019. The Business Innovation Award recognises small, medium and large companies that have excelled in innovation, delivering significant economic and/or societal impact through the application of physics. The…

Photonics for robotics in extreme environments – new Innovate competition

Innovate UK will open a £2 million competition for projects to develop reliable extreme environment grade electronics, sensors and photonics for robotics and AI systems. Supported through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Robotics and AI for Extreme and Challenging Environments Challenge, this competition illustrates the importance of photonics in enabling solutions to key societal…