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EPSRC Reference: EP/L01596X/1
Title: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics
Principal Investigator: Reid, Professor D
Other Investigators:
MacPherson, Dr WN McGloin, Professor D Riis, Professor E
Johnson, Dr NP Turnbull, Professor GA
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
AWE BAE Systems Canon Medical Research Europe Ltd
Cascade Technologies Ltd Coherent Scotland Ltd Defence Science & Tech Lab DSTL
Fraunhofer Institut (Multiple, Grouped) Glasgow Science Centre Ltd Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Fdn Trust
Gooch & Housego Leonardo UK ltd M Squared Lasers Ltd
M-Solv Ltd Merlin Circuits National Physical Laboratory NPL
OPTOS plc Powerlase Photonics Ltd PowerPhotonic Ltd
Renishaw Rofin Sinar Scottish Univ Physics Alliance (SUPA)
Seebyte Ltd ST Microelectronics Thales Ltd
UK Astronomy Technology Centre
Department: Sch of Engineering and Physical Science
Organisation: Heriot-Watt University
Scheme: Centre for Doctoral Training
Starts: 01 September 2014 Ends: 31 May 2023 Value (£): 4,493,487
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Displays Electronic Devices & Subsys.
Lasers & Optics Optical Communications
Optical Devices & Subsystems Optoelect. Devices & Circuits
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Aerospace, Defence and Marine Communications
Electronics Healthcare
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
23 Oct 2013 EPSRC CDT 2013 Interviews Panel K Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
In a consortium led by Heriot-Watt with St Andrews, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Dundee, this proposal is for an EPSRC CDT in Applied Photonics and responds to the Integrative Technologies priority area, but also impacts on the Measurement and Sensing, Photonic Materials and Innovative Production Processes priorities.

Technologies integrating photonics and electronics pervade products and services in any modern economy, enabling vital activities in manufacturing, security, telecommunications, healthcare, retail, entertainment and transport. The success of UK companies in this technology space is threatened by a lack of doctoral-level researchers with a grasp of photonic- / electronic-engineering design, fabrication and systems integration, coupled with high-level business, management and communication skills. By ensuring a supply of these individuals, our CDT will deliver broad-ranging impacts on the UK industrial knowledge base, driving the high-growth export-led sectors of the UK economy whose photonics-enabled products and services have far-reaching impacts on society, from consumer technology and mobile computing devices to healthcare and security.

Building on the success of our current IDC in Optics and Photonics Technologies, the proposed CDT will again be configured as an IDC but will enhance our existing programme to meet industry's need for engineers able to integrate photonic and electronic devices, circuits and systems to deliver high value products and processes.

Our proposal was developed in partnership with industry, whose letters of support show a commitment to sponsoring 71-74 EngD and 14-17 PhD projects -- 40% more than the minimum required -- demonstrating exceptional industrial engagement. Major stakeholders include Fraunhofer UK, NPL, Renishaw, Thales, BAE Systems, Gooch and Housego and Selex ES, who are joined by a number of SMEs.

The CDT follows a model in which (annually) EPSRC funds 7 EngD students, with 3 more supported by industrial / university contributions. In a progressive strategy supported by our industrial partners, we will, where appropriate, align university-funded PhD projects to the programme to leverage greater industry engagement with PhD research in the consortium.

The focus of the CDT corresponds to areas of research excellence in the consortium, which comprises 89 academic supervisors, whose papers since 2008 total 584 in all optics journals , with 111 in Science / Nature / PRL, and whose active EPSRC PI photonics funding is £40.9M. All academics are experienced supervisors, having each supervised on average >6 doctoral students, with many previously acting as IDC supervisors. The strategic commitment by the participating universities is evidenced by their recruitment since 2008 of 29 new academic staff in relevant areas (including 9 professors).

An 8-month frontloaded residential phase in St Andrews and Glasgow will ensure the cohort strongly gels together, and will equip students with the technical knowledge and skills they need before they begin their industrial research project. Business modules (x3) will bring each cohort back to Heriot-Watt for 1-week periods, and weekend skills workshops will be used to regularly reunite the cohort, further consolidating it to create opportunities for peer-to-peer interactions.

Taught courses will total 120 credits, and will be supplemented by new Computational Methods, Systems Integration and Research Skills workshops delivered by our industry partners, as well as public-engagement training led by Glasgow Science Centre.

Another innovation is an International Advisory Board, comprising leading academics / industrialists , who will benchmark and advise on our performance.

The requested EPSRC support of £4.5M is complemented by £2.8M of industrial / academic cash, covering the cost of 3 students in each cohort of 10. In-kind industrial / academic contributions are worth a further £5.4M, providing exceptional value.
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