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Technology transfer policy

Inria at the heart of the local economic community

For Inria Nancy - Grand Est, whose assignment closely combines research and technology transfer, technology development is a central issue. To achieve this, the research centre relies on a strong and dynamic industrial network. It also draws on a community-based partnership with competitiveness clusters in the Grand-Est region in order to develop collaborative and innovative projects. In doing so, it helps the companies involved to assume a top-flight position in France and around the world.


Technology transfer: a solid and reliable network

Inria's goal is to reconcile scientific excellence with technology transfer to the business world and society. Through a variety of partnerships with industry and the formation of businesses created from technologies developed at Inria, the Institute has developed expertise in technology transfer.

To meet the expectations of innovative SMEs, Inria draws on its regional foothold and a solid network.

At each Inria centre, the Technology Transfer and Partnerships Officers maintain relations with local innovation players (competitiveness clusters, SMEs, financing bodies, etc.). Due to their daily contact with the research teams, they have in-depth knowledge of the projects carried out and can thus detect technology transfer opportunities. Once a project has been identified, they assist its development using their expertise in contract best practices developed in collaboration with the Technology Transfer and Innovation Department.

Our networks are active in business formation or relationships with the local or cross-border economic community.

Business formation:  The Inria Nancy - Grand Est Research Centre collaborates closely with the Lorraine Incubator , with which it signed a partnership agreement in 2008. Inria also participates in the actions of the Créalliance  network, which brings together business formation players from the Nancy local area.

Relations with local businesses : Inria participates in various regional networks such as 3I Lorraine , Nancy Numérique , Aériades  and Club N’Tech , which are closely connected with the regional industrial community, to promote the skills of researchers, notably to local SMEs, in order to foster innovation collaborations and projects.

Cross-border relations : The Inria Nancy - Grand-Est Research Centre maintains regular contact with Luxinnovation , the National Agency for the Promotion of Innovation in Luxembourg, a favoured entry point for accessing Luxembourg companies that want to collaborate with research organisations.

Competitiveness clusters

 Inria Nancy - Grand Est, a partner of regional competitiveness clusters

In an increasingly competitive global economy, in 2004 France introduced a new industrial policy  that mobilises the key factors in competitiveness. The most important of these is the capacity for innovation, hence the creation of competitiveness clusters across the country.

These competitiveness clusters are powerful tools for developing the competitiveness of regional areas. Their goal is to consolidate and stimulate a chain of innovation in which, in particular, public research and businesses collaborate intensively and effectively.

For Inria, the creation of these clusters has opened up new opportunities to develop its relationships with industry partners, the aim being to transfer its research to innovative small and mid-sized businesses.

Inria Nancy - Grand Est, a participant in regional competitiveness clusters

-  In Lorraine:

  • The Inria Nancy - Grand-Est Research Centre actively participated in the creation of the MATERALIA  cluster, of which it is currently a member of the Supervisory Board. Several of the Centre's teams are currently involved in a collaborative project certified by the cluster, the COMAC project, which looks at the non-destructive control of composite materials, in collaboration with businesses from the region, including the Florange-based company SLCA.
  • Inria is also a member of the HYDREOS  cluster, which obtained the "competitiveness cluster" label in 2010. This cluster is interregional and covers the regions of Alsace and Lorraine.

-  In Alsace

  • The Centre maintains relations with the Vehicle of the Future  cluster, and participated, through the involvement of three research teams, in the CRISTAL project in collaboration with local businesses, including LOHR Industrie.
  • Efforts to bring the Alsace Biovalley cluster  and the Centre closer together are underway, with the aim of fostering the emergence of technology transfer operations and industrial collaborations in the field of health.

Keywords: Pole Technology transfer Networks Businesses Compétitivité