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What is MIRPHAB?

MIRPHAB is a strong consortium companies and organization working on the development of the highest quality components (lasers, detectors and packaging solutions), in combination with the state of the art in photonic circuits, enabling the maximum miniaturization for optical modules based on Mid-IR technologies.

What are the services that MIRPHAB offers?

MIRPHAB provides services for prototyping and manufacturing pre-commercial series of customized and miniaturized optical modules based on Quantum Cascade and Interband Cascade lasers for medical, industrial and environmental applications

Who can apply to the Open Access Program?

Companies directly engaged in developing and commercializing systems and products for chemical sensing which can incorporate photonics for enhanced functionality can apply for MIRPHAB support for design, fabrication and test of innovative Mid-IR miniaturized devices. MIRPHAB will assist the development from the prototyping phase to the industrialization via small-series fabrication.

All of the following criteria must be fulfilled in order to have a project proposal evaluated by MIRPHAB:

  • The proposal should be in accordance with the EC policies, rules of access to EC funded initiatives, with the goals of the call and with the objectives of MIRPHAB project. A summary of these guidelines can be found here
    The proposer must be a Company. Proposal coming from other organizations will not be considered for the evaluation;
  • The Project Proposal submitted for evaluation must be complete, i.e. all of the required information should be provided with the request level of detail as specified in the document template;
  • The company must confirm their agreement with a shared understanding about the IPR issues (related to foreground and background know-how );
  • The company must confirm that its legal officers have an understanding about the disclosure of confidential information that might be shared for the sole purpose of the MIRPHAB activities. It has also to be agreed that partners involved in the realization are committed to confidentiality and that none of the information receives will transmitted to third parties ;
  • Only Companies having a European identity can apply for a MIRPHAB Grant. Non-European companies may apply to access to Pilot Line fabrication but will not be entitled to receive any financial support from MIRPHAB and the expenses generated by design, fabrication and test of devices will be charged to the applicant

How are applications evaluated?

An overview of the different evaluation criteria and the scoring system is provided below together with the associated score. Each criterion is scored with a value from 0 (poor) to 10 (excellent). The threshold for each criterion is 5/10, below which the proposal will be rejected. In establishing the final score, the criteria have a different weight (for example: if the weight is 1.5, then the maximum achievable under this criterion is 15 points in total).

  1. Feasibility of the prototypes within MIRPHAB (Weight: 1.5)
  2. Contribution to the setup of the pilot line capabilities, support to advancement of the pilot line maturation, progresses in the pilot line organization, trigger for major improvements in the day-by-day operability (Weight: 2.0)
  3. Innovation content and progress beyond state of the art foreseen by the proposal (weight: 1.5)
  4. Involvement and business/technical commitment of the proposer (Weight: 1.0):
  5. Consistency of the business case: the value added to the business case for the pilot line as well as the product market potential (Weight: 1.0)
  6. Have clear path to the demonstration phase (Weight: 1.0)

What are the benefits of Mid-IR technology?

There are several markets in which precision sensing tools are needed, the current technologies employed to detect the smallest concentration of a molecule are gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Despite presenting the lowest detection limits, they are bulky and difficult to integrate into already existing equipment. NIR can be miniaturized and allow stand-alone operation, but this technique can not be used in many applications due to inappropriate detection limits.

What are the systems that MIRPHAB provides?

MIRPHAB provides an integrated optical module, including the laser, the detector and the optics that can be based on photonics integration circuits for the maximum minituarization.

Who are the key people to contact?

Director: Sergio Nicoletti
Dissemination manager: Ana Gonzalez
Customer service: Jeremy Perret –

Does MIRPHAB provide the electronics and the software?

MIRPHAB doesn’t provide the electronics only the optical module. Regarding the software, MIRPHAB provides a basic software able to read the photodetector.

Can MIRPHAB help companies in ramping up production?

The processes developed by MIRPHAB will be compatible with the manufacturing of larger volumes.

How can I access MIRPHAB services?

Contact any of the MIRPHAB key people or fill out the contact form and we will call you!

Can I have financial support for the development of an optical module with MIRPHAB?

Yes, European companies with a solid business plan can apply for a grant to subsidize the 70% of the cost of the project or up to 230k. (link to financial support)