Open Calls

APPOLO Open call - Announcement

Project full name: Hub of Application Laboratories for Equipment Assessment in Laser Based Manufacturing Project acronym: APPOLO
Project grant agreement number: 609355
Instrument type:  Equipment assessment for sensor and laser based applications
Call opening: 12 January 2015
Deadline: 18 March 2015, at 17:00 (CET)
Expected duration of participation in project: 1st July 2015 to 31 August 2017
Total EC funding available for new partners: 1 200 000 Euro
Language in which proposals should be submitted: English
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High precision & speed processing with ultra-short (sub-ns) pulse lasers

The project APPOLO, currently active in the Seventh Framework programme, launches an Open Call for assessment experiments with new laser processing equipment for emerging manufacturing technologies based on ultra-short pulse (sub-ns). The about two year running experiments aim at validation of the technologies needed for large and global markets. The equipment should be tested for the selected technological process in close-to industrial environment using the assessment service of laser application laboratories around Europe joined to APPOLO HUB. Validation will be performed in close collaboration between equipment supplier, end-user and an application laboratory connected to the APPOLO HUB. The new laser assessment experiments should provide business relevant technical investigations and demonstrate applicability of the new equipment for industrial applications.

Approximate 6 proposals will be selected for funding in this competitive call, including at least two new partners per proposal from equipment supply (preferable SME) and end-user sides with clear exploitation plans and one existing partner from APPOLO HUB in order to perform the equipment/technology assessment. Please note that the Seventh Framework programme offers part-funding not full-funding of research activities.

As main goal of the Open call is to increase overall impact of the APPOLO project by adding new application and end-users, overlapping with running assessment value chains in terms of type of new equipment and applications will be scored as a weakness of the proposal.

Open call topics

The following topics are suggested as the most promising by the APPOLO project members: Laser based micro-processing of thin films and material surfaces with plane and curved topography for materials etching, modification and deposition. Topics of the call include, but not limited to:

1. By processes:

  • Efficient laser texturingHigh precision & speed texturing;
    • High precision & speed texturing
    • High-speed large-area surface texturing;
    • Roll-to-roll texturing;
    • Functional surface texturing.
  • Laser post-processing
    • Moulds;
    • Laser sintered parts;
    • Polishing, texturing.

2. By materials

  • Composite materials;
  • Transparent materials;
  • Silicon wafers;
  • Polymers;
  • Etc.

3. By application areas: laser processes for

  • Thin film & flexible electronics;
  • Security and defense;
  • Photovoltaics;
  • Bio-sensing.

4. By equipment to assess

  • ultra-short pulse laser;
  • novel wavelengths;
  • temporal/spatial beam shaping;
  • fast scanners;
  • process sensing & monitoring

The aim: higher reliability, 24/7, high quality, by laser processing itself or by combining processing and process diagnostics reverently in situ and in closed loop.

APPOLO project is already assessing new equipment from existing partners. This equipment can be included in your proposals, if you are seeing the benefits of verifying it's functionality for a new application field.

APPOLO equipment currently under assessments:

  • 1.342 µm wavelength, 10 W, 300 kHz, ps-laser / assessed by FTMC;
  • 100 m/s polygon line scanner / by FTMC and BUAS;
  • 10 MHz fiber laser: 1064/512 nm wavelength, 25 ps, 100W / by BUAS;
  • 100 W, 1ps laser / by BUAS.
  • 5-axis ultra-short pulse laser workstation for texturing of 3D surfaces / by LM.


Submission deadline: All submissions must be made by 18th March, 2015, at 17:00 CET.

Electronic submission: Proposal submission is exclusively in electronic form using email with subject “APPOLO open call” and a proposal as an attachment. To submit your proposal, send a PDF-version of your document (size should not exceed 3.0 MB) compliant with the proposal structure and formatting instructions given below.

Foreseen budget for Open Call: up to 1.2 M€ funding for new beneficiaries; the funding for individual experiments should not exceed 200 000 € for new beneficiaries. In addition, up to 40 000 € can be allocated to existing beneficiaries (APPOLO consortium partners).

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