PROPHET – Postgraduate Research on Photonics as an Enabling Technology

An EU FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network
                                                                       [N.B. The PROPHET project ended in September 2015]

CAPPA are coordinating the €4.8M European training network, PROPHET – Postgraduate Research on Photonics as an Enabling Technology. Photonics, the generation and manipulation of light, is a key enabling technology for a diverse range of applications; in 2008, European photonics industry revenues were €55 billion. The PROPHET Marie Curie Initial Training Network brings together a consortium of leading European partners to train the next generation of photonics researchers in the full range of skills required for a career in photonics.


  • 16 European partners
  • 10 academic, 4 industry, 2 associated partners
  • 14 Early Stage Researchers (Ph.D. Students)
  • 5 Experienced Researchers (Postdoctoral Researchers)

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The research skills which the cohort of young researchers, are learning include materials growth, device fabrication, characterisation, design, theory and commercialisation. These skills are taught through projects focused on specific industry-related research topics within four diverse application areas, which demonstrate the pervasiveness of photonics technology.

Photonics Enabling
Communications Applications
Quantum Dot & Dash Mode-Locked Lasers
Photonics Enabling
Energy Applications
Novel Materials & Structures for Solar Cells
Photonics Enabling
Environment Applications
Mid-Infrared Lasers for Gas Sensing
Photonics Enabling
Life Science Applications
Tunable Lasers for Optical Coherence Tomography


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN-264687Footer_Logo_right

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About the Marie Curie Actions

The Marie Curie Actions are the EU’s funding mechanism for supporting the mobility and career development of researchers across Europe. (In Horizon 2020, they have been renamed the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions). Since 1996, the Marie Curie Actions have helped thousands of researchers of all ages, nationalities and disciplines develop their careers and realise their research dreams – no other scheme in the world offers such a wide variety of opportunities to such a broad range of researchers. By doing this, the Marie Curie Actions also promote the transfer of knowledge and skills across national and sectoral borders, and crucially, advance excellence in research and innovation across Europe.

The Initial Training Networks are one particular Marie Curie Action, which supports early stage researchers. Each network consists of a consortium of research partners and industry, with an integrated training programme in a particular topic. The Marie Curie Actions then fund a number of early stage researcher positions within the network.

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