Photonics is the study of the generation and detection of light and the control of light propagation. Applications and products based on photonics surround us every day. The themes of the Academy of Finland research programme on Photonics and Modern Imaging Techniques were optical materials and processes, new imaging techniques, and photonics in life sciences. The programme consists of 26 research projects, of which 13 nationally funded, and another 13 joint projects co-funded with partner agencies from Brazil, Japan, and Russia. The programme runs for four years during 2010-2013.
Funding decisions for the 2009 call were made on 14 October 2009. 13 projects with 33 participating research groups were awarded funding, starting 1 January 2010.
Related to the research programme, the Academy had bi-lateral joint calls with Brazil (CNPq), Japan (JST), and Russia (RFBR).
The Academy of Finland funded the research programme with the sum of EUR 13.2 million. In the national call 13 projects were funded (total funding EUR 9 million). There were also 13 international joint projects with three funding partners:
National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of the Federative Republic of Brazil (CNPq)
- 4 projects, total funding EUR 1.7 million
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
- 4 projects, total funding EUR 1.4 million
Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)
- 4 projects, total funding EUR 1.1 million
Foresight video: Photonics Forecast: from research to applications
The research programme was coordinated by Programme Managers Tommi Laitinen and Saila Seppo, Academy of Finland.