For Industry

Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics has a core remit to provide applied research and development services which benefit industry. By focussing on applied photonics, which underpin a wide range of products and sectors, Fraunhofer CAP is able to support the innovative use of photonics technology through R&D and prototyping.

Fraunhofer CAP has two principle Business Units:

Lasers and Laser Systems

Quantum Technologies


Both these units draw on a large pool of scientists and engineers and all staff are encouraged to work across teams, with most staff engaged on multiple projects each year.

Fraunhofer CAP is involved in applied R&D in photonics technologies which are used across a wide variety of sectors. We are application agnostic and have a great deal of experience in quickly assessing the particular needs and demands of particular industries and their real world end-use. We have completed laser and laser system projects in all of the following areas:

  • Aerospace
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Renewable Energy
  • Medical Devices
  • Oil and Gas
  • Life-sciences
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Transport
  • Defence and Security
  • Quantum Technology
  • Food and Drink
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Space
  • Spectroscopy
  • Consumer goods


In Quantum Technologies we have

  • Developed novel laser sources, subsystems and demonstrated the use of light in:
    • Quantum Sensing
    • Quantum Imaging
    • Quantum Communications
    • Quantum Computing


Fraunhofer CAP can deliver your project through:

  • direct contract R&D (from consultancy to major project)
  • InnovateUK supported proejcts
  • Horizon Europe 
  • Other mechanisms include subcontracting to us from EPSRC, UKSA, ESA, SBRI contracts or working together sponsoring and supervising a PhD or EngD student. 



Horizon Europe

Fraunhofer CAP is keen to participate in more Horizon Europe projects, accelerating your technology and creating future supply chains with important partners across Europe


Innovate UK

UK Government's Innovation agency Innovate UK supports industrially led collaborative R&D projects and often includes RTO like Fraunhofer CAP to provide essential expertise


Contract Research

To find out more about how we deliver to your needs in direct contract R&D...