International Fellowship COFUND Programme success - The MULTIPLY project


The Aston Institute of Photonics Technologies (AIPT), Aston University, UK, has received a prestigious award (with a total cost of 6m) of 3m from the EC Marie S. Curie COFUND programme to enable it to develop and administer a Fellowship programme for theinternational photonics community. 

TheInternational Mobility and Training in Photonics programme, MULTIPLY, will   offer interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary training for a large number ofoutstanding international researchers (90 fellow years) in thearea ofphotonics science, technology and applications: encompassing non-linear and quantum photonics, integrated and ultra-fast optics and optical engineering, laser science and applications, industrial laser manufacturing, high-speed optical communications, sensing, imaging, optoelectronics, medical applications ofphotonics, nano-photonics, bio-photonics, and many other areas across sectors ofeconomy. 

MULTIPLYhas thefull backing ofa consortium of46 internationally leading academic and industrial partners covering theglobe from China to Australia and from Russia to Mexico. Programme is open to new partners who present strong photonics or photonics applications relevant groups and who can provide required cofunding.Thepartners will act as hosts for eligible fellows, providing excellence in postdoctoral training, mentoring career development opportunities, offering access to cutting edge facilities, fast-paced innovation activities and further industrial links. 

TheoverallaimoftheAIPT MULTIPLY projectis to assist in thecareer development ofthenext generation ofphotonics research and innovation leaders.

The project will start in October 2016. All fellowship positions require co-funding.

Prospective hosts - If you are interested to be involved with the MULTIPLY project in the capacity as a partner host providing co-funding for prospective fellows, please direct your informal enquiries to Dr. Srikanth Sugavanam (

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