European research initiative offers 10,000 euros prize money

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The Innovation Award for Laser Technology, a European research and technology initiative with 10,000 euros prize money, is now open for proposals.

The award is given every two years by the German non-profit trade association Arbeitskreis Lasertechnik and the European Laser Institute, which is based at the Laser Zentrum Hannover. The award is given in recognition of outstanding innovative work in the field of laser technology. The closing date for applications is 17 January 2014.

The Innovation Award addresses laser manufacturers, laser users and researchers, who have successfully conceived and implemented an innovative idea relating to laser technology, following the project through from application oriented research to ultimate industrial application.

The scientific and technological projects in question must centre on the use of laser light in materials processing and the methods of producing such light, and must furthermore be in their practical implementation of demonstrable commercial value to industry.

The award can be conferred on an individual researcher or on an entire project group. Those eligible must be working in industry or at universities or independent research centres established in Europe. The range of possible fields extend from the development of new laser beam sources and systems for use in laser materials processing to the qualification of innovative laser manufacturing processes for use in an industrial production environment.

Application instructions and information for online submission can be downloaded at The official presentation of the award will take place in Aachen´s town hall on 7 May 2014 at the International Laser Technology Congress.