Research and Funding
AiPT integrates research with education to generate and advance knowledge in photonics and to translate scientific breakthroughs into technology with industrial, economic and societal impact. AiPT is recognised as a centre of excellence in photonics, with global international visibility, and is a beacon of photonic learning and public outreach activities. It is ranked among the to academic photonic centres in the world.
AiPT provides outstanding facilities and infrastructure for its key research and training activities, with extensive theoretical and computational support.
Now housed in a complex developed in 2018, AiPT benefits from 30 laboratories covering 1500 square metres. Facilities include Gbit/s to multi Tbit/s communications testbeds, UV and fs laser systems for optical device fabrication, a Class 10,000 (locally 1000) cleanroom, environmental test chambers, and a range of other equipment for laser and sensing system development.
Activities in support of UK, EU and international partners are funded via cohort-based training activities, Early Career (Erasmus EMJMD programmes SMARTNET and PIXNET, COFUND, ETN and EID projects), and Established Career (individual fellowships) Researcher development, international collaborative projects (Horizon 2020), industrial outreach (European Strategic Investment Fund), blue sky and applied research (EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust), and direct industry contracts.
AiPT has valuable experience in formulating successful funding proposals, and supervising and administering a diverse range of projects covering research, industrial collaboration and training. It has a strong record of mentoring PhD students, with a 99% PhD degree award rate and more than 160 PhDs supplied to academia, research centres, and industry over the last 27 years.