ACCORD was an experimental program funded under the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Union (IST-2005-2.5.1, Photonic Components) which began in September 2006 and completed in April 2010. For a list of the ACCORD end of project Deliverables, please visit the ACCORD Deliverables page.
ACCORD's important work is continuing via its follow on programme NEXPRESSO the "Network for EXchange and PRototype Evaluation of photonicS componentS and Optical systems".
Beginning in July 2010, NEXPRESSO is a 3 year programme funded under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7-ICT-2009.3.7: Photonics).
The NEXPRESSO website is:
and was launched in August 2010.
The purpose of both ACCORD and NEXPRESSO is to:
Purchase at marginal cost pre-competitive photonic devices from innovative European companies and put them in the hands of European researchers and students, at no net cost to the university or to the company that furnished the devices and
Facilitate transfer of device evaluation results to potential end-users, assisting companies to access new markets and new applications.
ACCORD was managed by a Consortium comprising Interuniversity Microelectronics Center, European Photonics Industry Consortium, Multitel, Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale, Wroclaw University of Technology, Sagem Défense Sécurité, Scottish Optoelectronics Association and Perfos.
For detailed information on the European Commission's Photonics support programmes, see:
For detailed information on the European Technology Program (ETP) for Photonics - Photonics21, see: http://www.photonics21.org