The first ATTRACT funding call sought breakthrough technology concepts. The team of Prof. Haitham Zaraket from the Lebanese University takes part of one of the funded projects on Mid-IR laser with two SME's from Austria and Finland. See https://attract-eu.com/selected-projects/
Funded by the European Commission and managed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the ATTRACT call searched for novel ideas for developing sensors, data collection, software and electronics.
Of the more than 1,200 applications sent from European countries (10 from Lebanon from different Universities), 170 were selected and received €100,000 funding for a year, with the Lebanese University project the only funded project from Lebanon.
“The new ATTRACT funding encourages partnership with the Industry, it is a unique financial instrument that promote testing some daring ideas. The Lebanese University if showing through the funded project that leading innovation can be done with local resources when coupled with international relations" As commented Prof. Haitham Zaraket from the fiber optics laboratory of the Faculty of Sciences.
The idea is to enable further substantial funding for feasible ideas found in the first round of projects."