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Backing for photonics assistance

Germany’s federal research ministry has launched the first competitive call in its programme Light Cares, which aims to use photonics-based ideas to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

The call, which opened on 12 January and closes on 31 March, is open to German companies, universities and research institutions that can use photonic tools and components—such as 3D printing and laser cutting—to help people with disabilities to lead more independent lives. Ten projects will be funded with up to €100,000 each.

The winning projects will be expected to take an open-innovation approach, making the most of the creative potential of the ‘maker movement’—the name given to a DIY subculture focused on creating devices in areas such as robotics and 3D printing—and working directly with people with disabilities.

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