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EPSRC Reference: EP/Z531066/1
Title: CORNERSTONE Photonics Innovation Centre (C-PIC)
Principal Investigator: Reed, Professor GT
Other Investigators:
Peacock, Professor A Sorel, Professor M Thomson, Professor D
Littlejohns, Dr C Mashanovich, Professor G Chong, Professor HMH
Nedeljkovic, Dr M Yan, Professor J zhang, Dr Ww
Gardes, Professor F
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Aberystwyth University Akhetonics Alter Technology UK Ltd
Aquark Technologies Aston University Bay Photonics Ltd
Bioherent BT Cadence Design Systems
Cambridge Consultants Ltd Camgraphic Ltd Cardiff University
CMC Microsystems CNIT CNRS Group
CompoundTek Pte Ltd Compugraphics International Ltd Czech Technical University in Prague
Delft University of Technology Digital Catapult Duality Quantum Photonics Ltd
Durham, University of Elforlight Ltd ePIXfab
Europractice G&H Photonics Google
Heriot-Watt University Imperial College London InSpek
Institute of High Performance Computing Intel Corporation Ltd iPronics Programmable Photonics
IQE PLC Lancaster University Leonardo UK ltd
Light Trace Photonics Ltd Lightelligence Loughborough University
Luceda Photonics Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Lumiphase AG
McMaster University Microsoft Nanoscribe GmbH
Nanyang Technological University National Physical Laboratory NPL National Quantum Computing Centre
Newcastle University Octopus Ventures Optalysys Ltd
Oxford Instruments Plc Photonics Leadership Group PhotonIP
Photronics (U K) Ltd PICadvanced Plasmore Srl
Pointcloud Polytechnic University of Milan PsiQuantum Ltd
QinetiQ Quantinuum Queen's University of Belfast
Renishaw Resolute Photonics (UK) Ltd Rockley Photonics Limited (UK)
Royal Holloway, Univ of London Scottish Enterprise Seagate Technology
SENKO Advanced Components Silicon Catalyst UK Ltd Siloton Ltd
Sivers Photonics Ltd Solent LEP Stanford University
Swansea University Synopsys (Northern Europe Ltd.) Tech Tour Europe
Technical University of Bari Technology Scotland Toshiba
Trellisense Tyndall National Institute University of Aberdeen
University of Birmingham University of Bristol University of Cambridge
University of Exeter University of Huddersfield University of Malaga
University of Manchester, The University of Nottingham University of Pavia
University of Salford University of Sheffield University of St Andrews
University of Strathclyde University of Twente University of Valencia
University of York Wave Photonics Xanadu
Zero Point Motion Ltd
Department: Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC)
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Standard Research TFS
Starts: 01 June 2024 Ends: 31 May 2029 Value (£): 11,782,397
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
29 Nov 2023 PAN080: OPP221: EPSRC Semiconductor technology for ICT innovation and knowledge centre Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
However, access to silicon prototyping facilities remains a challenge in the UK due to the high cost of both equipment and the cleanroom facilities that are required to house the equipment. Furthermore, there is often a disconnect in communication between industry and academia, resulting in some industrial challenges remaining unsolved, and support, training, and networking opportunities for academics to engage with commercialisation activities isn't widespread.

The C-PIC host institutions comprising University of Southampton, University of Glasgow and the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC), together with 105 partners at proposal stage, will overcome these challenges by uniting leading UK entrepreneurs and researchers, together with a network of support to streamline the route to commercialisation, translating a wide range of technologies from research labs into industry, underpinned by the C-PIC silicon photonics prototyping foundry. Applications will cover data centre communications; sensing for healthcare, the environment & defence; quantum technologies; artificial intelligence; LiDAR; and more.

We will deliver our vision by fulfilling these objectives:

Translate a wide range of silicon photonics technologies from research labs into industry, supporting the creation of new companies & jobs, and subsequently social & economic impact.

Interconnect the UK silicon photonics ecosystem, acting as the front door to UK expertise, including by launching an online Knowledge Hub.

Fund a broad range of Innovation projects supporting industrial-academic collaborations aimed at solving real world industry problems, with the overarching goal of demonstrating high potential solutions in a variety of application areas.

Embed equality, diversity, and inclusion best practice into everything we do.

Deliver the world's only open source, fully flexible silicon photonics prototyping foundry based on industry-like technology, facilitating straightforward scale-up to commercial viability.

Support entrepreneurs in their journey to commercialisation by facilitating networks with venture capitalists, mentors, training, and recruitment.

Represent the interests of the community at large with policy makers and the public, becoming an internationally renowned Centre able to secure overseas investment and international partners.

Act as a convening body for the field in the UK, becoming a hub of skills, knowledge, and networking opportunities, with regular events aimed at ensuring possibilities for advancing the field and delivering impact are fully exploited.

Increase the number of skilled staff working in impact generating roles in the field of silicon photonics via a range of training events and company growth, whilst routinely seeking additional funding to expand training offerings.

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