The eight Institutes of Technological Research (IRT) created three years ago have won their first bet: that of already being fully operational tools of excellence and agile actors of the French industrial renewal as well as the revolution of the economy, society and uses.
Their 300 industrial and academic partners work in more than 120 projects that allow them to go faster and further to produce knowledge, processes, technological bricks or ready-to-use solutions.
One challenge: to innovate to create value for industrialists, large groups such as ETI, SMEs and start-ups that are members, partners or customers, with the help of academic actors and the support of the state, local authorities.
The eight IRTs also share a common ambition: to spearhead French Technological Research at the international level, while irrigating all the local ecosystems of French Research and Innovation. Since their inception, IRTs have met regularly to share their best practices and find very often collective solutions to the questions asked.
Today, the IRT wanted to go further by creating the Association of IRT French Institutes of Technology (FIT) with four objectives:
- strengthen attractiveness, and promote the IRT model, in their structural and organisational diversity, both nationally and internationally;
- Be the European Commission's interlocutor so that IRTs can find their place in the various research and innovation programmes, including the H2020 programmes;
- promote exchanges between its members and the coordination of their actions to optimize their operational efficiency, development and sustainability;
- to develop coherence between the different objects of the Future Investments Programme, in particular by strengthening the links between the academic and industrial worlds. This coherence can also be illustrated between TRIs by identifying common thematic axes of scientific cooperation.
"The creation of this association is a good move. It gives more visibility in Europe and internationally to the technological research of our country. The association will be a valuable interlocutor for CGI in the preparation of PIA 3," said Louis Schweitzer, Commissioner General for Investment.
French Institutes of Technology has elected today: Vincent Marcatté, President of b<>com, President and Gilbert Casamatta, President of IRT Saint Exupéry, Vice-President.
They will benefit from the active contribution of all the other IRT Presidents and the support of an Operational Committee composed of the Directors General in which Stéphane Cassereau, Jules Verne, Secretary General and Pascale Boissel, Bioaster, Treasurer were elected.
For Vincent Marcatté: "The creation of French Institutes of Technology will enable us to make IRTs visible and sustainable in the national and international landscape and to facilitate our development in harmony with other research and innovation players. I would like to thank on behalf of all the IRTs, especially the Office of the General Commissioner for Investment, which has encouraged the creation of our Association and all those who have supported our work from the beginning. »
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