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Photonics

Photonics is the science and technology of light. This includes lasers, optical systems and components, as well as fibre optics. Photonics is a £13.5bn industry in the UK. Photonics technology is used across various UK industries and in society, from optical communications and data storage to laser sensors for autonomous vehicles.

Photonics is the science and technology of light. This includes lasers, optical systems and components, as well as fibre optics. Photonics is a £13.5bn industry in the UK. Photonics technology is used across various UK industries and in society, from optical communications and data storage to laser sensors for autonomous vehicles.

The KTN Enabling Technologies team supports 1,500+ photonics and photonics-enabled companies, and the vibrant UK photonics research base in the UK.

Our people create connections between photonics professionals and end-users in various sectors, from healthcare to AgriFood. This helps them fast-track the innovative technologies they’re working on.

The KTN supports the growth of UK photonics and is determined to promote the sector widely. We do this by working with photonics and related stakeholder groups and associations across the UK.

Our team has a deep expertise including photonics, laser, fibre, optical, optics, photovoltaic and imaging.

KTN is a partner in the European project which supports the Photonics21 platform. Photonics21 aims to establish Europe as a leader in the development of photonics technologies within applications fields such as ICT, lighting, industrial manufacturing, life science, safety, education and training.

We are proud to have contributed to the ground breaking horizon scanning report “Future horizons for photonics research 2030 and beyond”, released in September 2020 by the Photonics Leadership Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Group in Photonics and Quantum. We used our experience of online collaboration to support PLG in bringing together online 26 of the UK’s leading photonics researchers from 20 different institutions to ask “what will be the focus of photonics research a decade and more from now?”.

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KTN supports the SuperSolar Network Plus with the Head of Infrastructure acting as Chair to the Network Industrial Advisory Group. Through this group, and programmes such as Energy Catalyst as described above, KTN is actively brokering B2B and B2A linkages.

Funding Opportunities

Photonics21 Innovation Award

Photonics21 established this dedicated Innovation Challenge to push for more entrepreneurship in photonics. Any person active in the field of optics and photonics may apply.

Opens: 01/05/2022 Closes: 27/05/2022

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Horizon Europe Cluster 4: Digital, Industry and Space

Horizon Europe has a wide variety of open calls for digital, industry and space, with over €150m total funding. Current open calls in cluster 4 relate to 2D materials, graphene, robotics and AI.

Opens: 22/12/2021 Closes: 16/11/2022

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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2022 to 2023, round 2

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme allows a UK registered business or not for profit organisation to partner with a UK education institution, research and technology organisation (RTO) or Catapult to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project.

Opens: 11/04/2022 Closes: 15/06/2022

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Events

Thu
29
Apr
2021

Photonics for...Europe

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Thu
24
Jun
2021

Photonics for...Water

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Thu
16
Sep
2021

Photonics for...Renewable Energy

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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News

10.09.2021

Save the Date for Materials Research Exchange (MRE) 2022: 3rd – 5th October 2022

KTN is delighted to announce that Materials Research Exchange will be back in 2022 at the Business Design Centre in London.

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10.03.2022

Announced: Innovation Loans - Future Economy Competition

UK registered businesses can now apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential that will significantly improve the UK economy.

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