OPTICON Call for Proposals 2017B closed at the end of February. The next Call will open in early August 2017.

Please see the TNA Call 2017B page for information only

The OPTICON Horizon 2020 contract

A new OPTICON contract under Horizon 2020 started on the 1st of January 2017. A new website, using the same url, is being created and will soon replace these pages.

The 2018 ESFRI Roadmap

The 2018 ESFRI Roadmap process has been launched. Further information can be found on the ESFRI website:

FP7-2 (2013-2016) news

OPTICON sponsored instrumentation school features in December 2015 ESO Messenger article

Please see the article here (PDF file). The ESO Messenger home page is here:

OPTICON sponsored PhD school on Science and Technology with the E-ELT features in December 2015 ESO Messenger article

Please see the article here (PDF file) and the ESO Messenger home page (as above).

Fizeau Exchange Programme in Optical Interferometry

The Fizeau Exchange Visitors Programme in optical interferometry funds (travel and accommodation) visits of researchers to an institute of his/her choice (within the EC) to perform collaborative work and training on one of the active topics of the European Interferometry Initiative. The visits will typically last for one month, and strengthen the network of astronomers engaged in technical, scientific and training work on optical/infrared interferometry. The programme is open for all levels of astronomers (Ph.D. students to tenured staff). Further information and application forms can be found at (NB. The deadlines for applications are the 15th March and the 15th September for visits starting 1st May and 1st November, respectively).

2016 NEON schools

See details of NEON schools on the IAP website at

OPTICON TNA programme featured on EC website

See link here.

See the Press Releases regards OPTICON TNA Programme research news on our Downloads page

The OPTICON FP7 Part I contract closed on 31 December 2012. The new FP7-II contract has been awarded and will run until 2016.

This website has been updated with FP7-II workpackage information and details. Please let us know if you think anything is missing or should be included. You can review the contractual information on the Downloads page and refer to FP7-I at this page.

Downloads and documents

OPTICON input into H2020 and other pertinent EC and contract information is available on our Downloads page (this is currently being updated).