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"EPSRCís new manufacturing centres will focus on areas of pioneering research that has the potential to create new industries and new jobs for the UK.Ē
Professor David Delpy, Chief Executive of EPSRC


Welcome to the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics was established in 2010 to proactively engage with and support the photonics industrial base in the UK. The Centre was jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and 13 initial industrial project partners representing a total investment of over £9M initially. The programme concluded in 2015 and the CIMP team, based at the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, are now leading the new national manufacturing hub: the Future Photonics Hub.

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New Future Photonics Hub launched

We are pleased to announce our new EPSRC funded Future Photonics Hub programme has now commenced. The Hub provides national leadership linking academic expertise with industry to establish a pathway to manufacture for next-generation photonics technologies. Visit

EPSRC CIMP team to lead £10 million National Manufacturing Hub

The EPSRC funded Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics is to lead one of two £10 million research centres that will transform the UKís manufacturing industries through the use of photonics, the science and technology of light...

Outstanding PhD student is EPSRC UK ICT Pioneers 2015 category winner

Callum Littlejohns, from Southamptonís Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), has won first prize for the Information Overload category in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Councilís (EPSRCís) UK ICT Pioneers competition...

CIMP 'light' garden wins public engagement award

An EPSRC-funded public engagement project, hosted at RHS Tatton in July, has won most innovative public engagement project by SEPnet (South East Physics Network)...

New technique to help produce next generation photonic chips

Researchers from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to help produce more reliable and robust next generation photonic chips.

EPSRC Manufacturing the Future

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics is exhibiting at the EPSRC's Manufacturing the Future Conference in Glasgow on September 23-24 2014. Come along and meet our team. Register at