Photonic-based Internet Access Networks of the Future

Basic Information

Network PIANO+
Aim of the joint call The challenge is to enable economic, ubiquitous broadband access of 1 Gbit/s (and beyond) for every subscriber by 2015-20, while meeting the shorter-term needs of system operators and users. We are seeking proposals to develop photonic technology and systems for the scalable, future-proof and energy-efficient access network and its extension to the customers’ premises, including the home. PIANO + consolidates public funding activities in the participating countries and supports the best possible exploitation of R&D resources. We expect the competition to provide a strong incentive for European companies to co-operate in strategic research; this is a unique opportunity for them to benefit from a more efficient use of their R&D resources and from comprehensive expertise made available by a variety of research institutes.
Type of joint call Two Stages - Call with pre-proposals and full proposals submissions
Launch date 15/03/2010
Deadline Pre-Proposal 29/04/2010 Submitted proposal: 32
Deadline Full-Proposal 16/06/2010 Submitted proposal: 25
Evaluation End Date 18/10/2010 Successful proposal: 16 Proposals funded: 13
Is call co-funded? No
Call follow up funding
  • There are mechanisms in place to monitor technical progress
Call reasons
  • Achieving critical mass
  • Sharing competences and associated work
  • Access to expertise from different countries
Research fields
  • Information and communication technologies
Type of research
  • Applied Research
  • Pre-competitive research
Target groups
  • Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
  • Private and Semi-private Research and Technology Organisations (RTOs)
  • SME (Small and Medium Enterprises)
  • Large Corporations
Participating networks n/a