Photonics funding

The National Research Council’s (NRC) photonics cluster initiative in Ottawa gets a $22 million boost from the Industry Ministry. The funding is meant to support collaborative R&D that results in high-value commercialized products. “The excellence of Ottawa’s photonics cluster is rooted in a tradition of community cooperation, and our support will help maintain and build upon the cluster’s reputation as one of the world's top five photonics clusters,” says NRC president Pierre Coulombe. “Activities undertaken by NRC and its community partners have substantially reduced prototype development costs for Canadian firms, thereby reducing startup costs for local firms while increasing investments from the risk capital community.” The three-year investment is a renewal of funding based in part on an increasing number of local photonics startups, and collaboration between Ottawa’s photonics community and universities and enterprise.

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