Space Technology with Photonics for market and societal challenges


The overall objective of the STEPHANIE project ( is to support a move towards public policy capable of promoting effective use of research and innovation in space technology based on photonics to develop products with strong market potential and capacity to address socioenvironmental problems. In order to do this, STEPHANIE helps regions to address two basic policy related challenges: a lack of cooperation in the technological value chain and a lack of easily accessible funding for innovation players.

Partners have recognized two pilars that their ERDF policy instruments can focus on to support this R&I delivery:

  • Using quadruple helix cooperation along the technological value chain at regional and interregional level.
  • Coordinated and simplified funding schemes for the development of marketable and society orientated products and services



  • Leader: IFAC ('Nello Carrara' Institute of Applied Physics National Research Council of Italy).
  • Partners: Regional Government of Tuscany, City of Prague, Photonics Bretagne, NMWP.NRW, FADA-CATEC, Durham County Council, University of Liége – Liége Space Centre.


1,701,700.00 €



The project has a scheduled duration of five years, during the period 2017 – 2021.

Project Nº: PGI02406



The initiative is supported by INTERREG EUROPE (