Awards and Grants

Celebrating Our Achievements

Over the years, nextnano has received acknowledgment and support from external organizations for our contributions to nanotechnology. At nextnano, we are dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in this field. We take pride in the validation and support we have earned, as evidenced on this page. Our accomplishments reflect our commitment to nurturing future leaders in nanotechnology.


CHIPS of Europe (EU Grant)

Creating Higher Education-Industry Programmes for the Semiconductor Industry of Europe

Project Goal

To increase the attractiveness of semiconductor-related study programmes and careers


EnQuTech-SIMUVLED (National Grant)

Quantum Mechanical Simulations of UVC LEDs and Lasers

Project Goal

To prepare a ZIM R&D project focused on advancing UVC LEDs and Lasers

Funding Information

nextnano: 70,000 EUR

Grant ID: 16KN121990

Program: ZIM Feasibility Study of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

Project Duration: April 2024 to October 2024

EU SiPho-G

SiPho-G (EU Grant)

Advanced GeSi components for next-generation silicon photonics applications (SIPHO-G)

Project Goal

To develop germanium-silicon Quantum-Confined-Stark-Effect electro-absorption modulators (EAM) and Avalanche Photodetectors (APD)

Funding Information

EC ICT: 5.0 Mio. €

nextnano: 305,000 €

Project Duration: January 2021 to June 2025


  • imec, Leuven, Belgium (Coordinator)
  • Mellanox Technologies Ltd, Yokneam, Israel
  • Ericsson Telecomunicazioni SpA, Pisa, Italy
  • Applied Materials Belgium NV, Leuven, Belgium
  • nextnano GmbH, Munich, Germany
  • nextnano Lab SAS, Corenc, France
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Luceda Photonics NV, Dendermonde, Belgium
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES Dresden Module One LLC & Co. KG, Dresden, Germany
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EU SiPho-G

Quantimony (EU Grant)

Innovative Training Network in
Quantum Semiconductor Technologies exploiting Antimony (QUANTIMONY)

Project Goal

To provide high-level training to early stage researchers in the field of III-Sb semiconductor science and technology

Funding Information

EC MSCA-ITN-ETN: 3.8 Mio. €

nextnano: 252,788 €

Project Duration: December 2020 to November 2024


  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC): Instituto de Micro y Nanotecnología (IMN) & Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM), Madrid, Spain (Coordinator)
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Lancaster University, UK
  • The University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany
  • Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy
  • Aixtron SE, Herzogenrath, Germany
  • IQE plc, Cardiff, UK
  • nextnano GmbH, Munich, Germany

Partner Organizations

  • Bruker AXS (Germany)
  • Cardiff University (UK)
  • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (Grenoble, France)
  • Fluxim AG (Switzerland)
  • Lancaster Materials Analysis Ltd (UK)
  • Lund University (Sweden)
  • nanoplus GmbH (Germany)
  • nextnano Lab SAS (France)
  • QuantCAD LLC (USA)
  • Technische Universität München (Germany)
  • TiberLab Srl (Italy)
  • National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC)-Taiwan Photon Source (Taiwan)
  • Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (Brazil)
  • Universidad de Cádiz (Spain)
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EU UltraFastNano

UltraFastNano (EU Grant)

Electronic generation and detection in nanoelectronic devices at the picosecond scale (UltraFastNano)

Project Goal

To develop Electronic Flying Qubits

Funding Information

EC FET Open: 3.3 Mio. €

nextnano: 290,000 €

Project Duration: January 2020 to December 2024


  • Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA Grenoble, CEA Paris-Saclay), France (Coordinator)
  • nextnano GmbH, Munich, Germany
  • nextnano Lab SAS, Corenc, France
  • Institut Néel, CNRS, Grenoble, France
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL), London, UK
  • Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
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FLASH (EU Grant)

Far-infrared Lasers Assembled using Silicon Heterostructures (FLASH)

Project Goal

To develop a SiGe THz Quantum Cascade Laser

Funding Information

EC FET Open: 3.2 Mio. €

nextnano: 307,500 €

Project Duration: November 2017 to July 2021


  • Universita Degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, Italy (Coordinator)
  • University of Glasgow, UK
  • IHP GmbH, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • nextnano GmbH, Munich, Germany

Success story

The FLASH project resulted in the foundation of a new company in 2021: nextnano Lab SAS

nextnano Lab is an R&D company based in the Grenoble area, France. Its main activity is to develop modeling and simulation tools in the field of solid-state quantum physics, in particular for semiconductor quantum devices. nextnano Lab develops simulation tools for quantum transport based on the nonequilibrium Green’s function framework, such as the nextnano.NEGF sofware which is commercialized by nextnano GmbH. The most prominent application are Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs).
nextnano Lab is a simplified joint-stock company jointly owned by Dr. Thomas Grange and nextnano holding GmbH. Thomas was working in the FLASH project on the modeling of silicon-germanium based terahertz QCLs and is now Chairman and Research & Development Director of nextnano Lab.
nextnano GmbH acknowledges 12 days of business coaching services offered by the European Innovation Council pilot as part of the FLASH project to commercialize results.

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nextnano GmbH has been certified by the Bescheinigungsstelle Forschungszulage (BSFZ) to get its R&D expenses refunded.

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