Structural projects

H2020 BESTPHORM21* (2021-2023)

A recurring project which generally positions Photonics Bretagne as a key player at European level (H2020 projects, lobbying commission, networking, etc.).

Our objective: participate in the structuring of the European photonics industry.


The NWE region contains 75% of the European activities in Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). SMEs play a pivotal role, but most SMEs cannot afford capital-intensive PIC manufacturing facilities.
Open-access facilities are of a laboratory nature (TRL4) and inadequate for manufacturing PICs with cost-efficiency, speed and reliable quality (TRL7). The equipment for PIC manufacturing is of an innovative, specialised nature that cannot be obtained from a single country. As application grows, NWE needs to stay ahead; intense collaboration between innovation stakeholders at transnational level is needed now.

OIP4NWE unites 7 enterprises, 3 research institutes and 4 innovation clusters. It includes innovation leaders (NL, DE, BE) to strong innovators (IR, UK) and a less innovative high-potential region in FR. The main output will be a pilot line offering faster, affordable and reliable PIC production. It will be validated by 3 SMEs. A voucher system will be employed for another 7 SME’s.

After project end, the pilot line will be continued as self-sustainable facilities. Embedding it in an Open Innovation Ecosystem with a TransNational Network, will ensure the NWE position as a global leader in integrated photonics. Projections for 2034 for NWE: 1000 SMEs active in integrated photonics with 3200 new jobs.

The project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (14 million euro).

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H2020 PHOTONHUB* (2021-2024)

A structuring project at European level to strengthen the competitiveness of SMEs / midcaps thanks to the rapid and intelligent deployment of photonic technologies in application sectors!

Our objective: initiate and co-finance collaborations in photonics between the Breton network and European partners to tackle societal challenges.

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The overall objective of the Photonics4Industry Partnership is to strengthen cluster management excellence, create exchange opportunities and build a sustainable pan-European strategic partnership of 5 photonics clusters in order to accelerate industrial modernisation, particularly enhancing the competitiveness of member small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Our objective: provide these services and european partnerships to the Breton ecosystem.

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PIA NUM & PHO (2020-2025)

A project focused on training to help photonics companies in Brittany to benefit from qualified human resources to support their development and growth.

Our objective: promote the regional offer of training in photonics from High school to Master (standard learning and work-study) in order to respond to the needs of companies.

*subcontracted by Photonics France



Space technologies based on photonics are considered as one of Europe’s areas of key industrial competence. They have huge potential to address a number of today’s grand societal challenges, in particular health and wellbeing, climate action and secure societies. However, this potential will be wasted if public polciy fails to address the gap between space research and its application on the ground. A long-term challenge is to ensure that R&I investments exploit the opportunities offered by space (e.g. huge availability of data and signals) by ensuring that applications and services are produced to address societal challenges and that they reach the market.

Recognising the role played by EU regions in space policy, both in strategic development and territorial impact, STEPHANIE brings together 8 partners from 7 areas to exchange knowledge on how to ensure that policy is designed to guarantee real benefits from space technology based on photonics, particularly in space and earth observation.

Partners and regional stakeholders cooperate over three years of interregional learning, leading to regional Action Plans that detail concrete measures for policy improvements. They continue to cooperate while implementing these measures, using interregional exchange for further stimulus and monitoring.

Policy changes will deliver long-term impact to regional competitiveness and socio-environmental well-being, thanks to collaborative innovation and innovative products addressing socio-environmental needs. They will open new markets for enterprises and improve capacity of regions to direct European space policies and strategies.

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