In order to support transfers to SMEs, Inria has established strategic partnerships, particularly with OSEO, as well as a platform of tools and services. How does Inria help SMEs?
David Monteau, innovation manager
"Alongside OSEO, we are able to offer comprehensive support to our partners, consistent with the coordination of innovation ecosystems by the competitiveness clusters."
Laure Reinhart, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, OSEO
In order to boost technology transfers to SMEs and SMIs, Inria has established the I-Labs system. The idea is to bring together an Inria project team and a partner SME in a joint laboratory. The two entities define a joint, specific work program lasting two to three years. Incentives are given by Inria to the project team involved, while the SME can receive government assistance to finance its research project (particularly the research tax credit).
HPC-SME Initiative is a program launched jointly by GENCI, Inria, OSEO, and four global competitiveness clusters. Objective: to facilitate and encourage SME access to high-performance computing (HPC), a luxury often reserved for only large industrial groups. Because it can shorten the time for testing services and products and process large amounts of mixed data, the use of supercomputing allows SMEs to remain aggressive on competitive, changing markets.