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Active in computational sciences in Rhône-Alpes

Centre Grenoble Batiment Face

Established in Grenoble and Lyon since 1992, the Inria Grenoble – Rhône-Alpes Research Centre strives to promote the integration of its operations into the scientific settings of Grenoble and Lyon. It is involved in defining relevant local strategies by systematically supporting a partnership logic.

Created in 1992, the Inria Grenoble – Rhône-Alpes centre was established then developed in partnership with the clusters and institutions of Grenoble and Lyon. The centre currently has 34 research teams, including 11 located in Lyon. With more than 25% of its activity in Lyon, the Lyon teams represent a major component of the centre.

In close interaction with the regional higher education and research structures

Most of Grenoble's project teams are joint teams with the French National Centre for Scientific Research, Université Joseph Fourier, and Grenoble INP within the following laboratories:

In Lyon, the activities of the Inria project teams have been concentrated within the laboratories of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Université Claude Bernard-Lyon1, INSA (French National Institute of Applied Sciences), and CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research):

In order to strengthen its interactions, in 2009, the Centre signed partnership framework agreements with all of its major academic partners in Grenoble and Lyon: ENS-Lyon, Université Claude Bernard – Lyon 1, INSA Lyon, Grenoble INP, Université Joseph Fourier.

Strong involvement in the regional dynamics of research and innovation

The Research Centre is a signatory of the "Grenoble Université de l’Innovation " project as part of the "campus plan". It is particularly involved in the "International Software and Smart Systems Cluster " (PILSI) project.

In Lyon, the Centre supports the structuring, as part of the campus plan, of a computer science area on the La Doua campus, as well as the development of modelling and simulation activities particularly intended for life sciences on the Gerland site.

The Centre also participates in the FINOVI advanced research thematic networks (innovations in infectiology) in Lyon and "Fondation nanosciences" in Grenoble, which represent two strategic areas of research bringing innovative applications to biology and physics.

On the technology transfer and development side, the Centre is an active member of the regional consortium GRAVIT (Grenoble Alpes Valorisation Innovation Technologies) and works with the competitiveness clusters to develop its technology transfer offering intended for SMEs.
It relies on several regional players in development and technology transfer:

  • in Grenoble: GRAIN2, grouping together GRAVIT (Detection and Maturation), GRAIN (Business Incubation), and PETALE (Industrial development)
  • in Lyon: Lyon de Lyon Sciences Transfert (LST) and the business incubator CREALYS.

In addition, several research teams of the Centre are members of the Institut Carnot "Smart Software and Systems" (LSI), directed by Université Joseph Fourier.

With the support of local authorities

In its period of growth, the Centre was supported by local and regional authorities to back the dynamics of its scientific activities.
In particular, as part of CPER 2007-2013, the construction of the new wing of the Montbonnot building (1,000 m2), dedicated to the teams and the technology transfer activities, was financed in part by the local (Town Hall, General Council of Isère) and regional (Rhône-Alpes Regional Council) authorities in addition to Inria's investment in its own resources.

Keywords: Rhône-Alpes Grenoble Lyon