The newly inaugurated ATTRACT funding program initiated by the European Horizon2020 is offering €17 million to 170 projects across Europe to support the development of breakthrough technologies as part of the mission to create an entirely new, European model of Open Innovation. Qnami, Magnes, Gamaya in a joint project with Dotphoton from Switzerland are among the beneficiaries.
ATTRACT brings together Europe’s fundamental research and industrial communities to lead the next generation of detection and imaging technologies. Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program and backed by a consortium of 9 partners, the project aims to revamp Europe’s economy and improve people’s lives by creating products, services, companies and jobs.
Following the recent selection, 170 breakthrough projects have been nominated for the ATTRACT Phase 1-Project offering a total of €17 Million. Covering the categories of data acquisition systems and computing Front and back-end electronics, sensors and Software and integration the projects will each receive €100,000.
The following projects in the cohort involve Swiss startups
Qnami is a quantum sensing start-up that uses cutting-edge quantum technologies (and synthetic diamonds) to improve imaging techniques. The startup will collaborate with the CNRS – Laboratoire Charles Coulomb from France on the project ThermoQuant to develop innovative, high-performance sensors for nanoscale thermal sensing and imaging
Magnes AG a Zurich based startup that develops and fabricates tailor-made micro-magnets for various applications such as performance monitoring sensors & anti-counterfeiting. Together with the University of Northumbria at Newcastle (UK), they will work on the project: 3D-printable metamaterial Integrated piezopolymer-based sensing platforms (3D-MIPS) to develop a wearable sensing platform by integrating two emerging technologies: metamaterial sensors and piezoelectric polymers. Moreover, 3D printing techniques will be utilized to fabricate the platform for realizing versatile, cost-effective and personalized devices.
Dotphoton AG, a specialist in quantum-based raw image compression and Gamaya AG, developing agronomic solutions powered by hyperspectral imaging (HSI) and artificial intelligence are working as a consortium on the project Unchaining Hyperspectral Imaging with quantum-inspired compression. Through their project, the two startups will push compression technology into the realm of HSI.