Strathclyde-based laser research centre receives £5 million funding

The UK headquarters for Europe’s largest contract research organisation, Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (FhCAP), has received an investment of more than £5million.

The second phase of work of the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (FhCAP), based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, will be supported through funding from the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise.

The non-profit centre specialises in photonics, or laser technology, and FhCAP is the innovation catalyst at the core of Scotland’s £740m-a-year photonics community.

As well as supporting the world-leading innovation of the lab, the funding package will allow the organisation to add a further 10 scientists and 10 students to the workforce.


The centre works in partnership with businesses by harnessing some of the best scientific minds to solve industrial challenges and drive innovation in areas such as renewable energy, security, defence and health care.

Scottish companies benefit from working with Fraunhofer to develop new products for international markets, helping to drive up Scottish exports. Fraunhofer also helps attract inward investment into Scotland due to its globally recognised reputation for innovation excellence.

Scottish Government Innovation Minister Paul Wheelhouse visited the centre at Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre to announce the funding.

He said: “Photonics is a key enabling technology and Scotland punches above its weight with a thriving, globally-competitive sector, with the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics at its heart.

“Their range of expertise and services is unique in the UK and Glasgow was chosen by the internationally respected Fraunhofer Institute as their European location to build on the considerable Scottish strengths in advanced photonics.

“This investment will allow Fh-CAP and Scotland’s thriving photonics industry, to continue to grow, and is evidence of the Scottish Government’s strong commitment to supporting our science and research communities and to continuing to establish and nurture research linkages within Europe.”

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “Since being established in 2013 within the Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre, and in partnership with our Institute of Photonics,  the Fraunhofer CAP has gone from strength to strength, and is recognised as being at the forefront of research, development and commercialisation in photonics.

“This funding announcement reflects its continuing success and impact at the heart of Glasgow City Innovation District, the city’s network of companies, organisations and academia for exchanging and generating new ideas. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Fraunhofer in the years ahead.”

Read the full news release from the University of Strathclyde



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