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Partners in our innovations

Anchored in a strong regional dynamic of technological innovation, the Grenoble research centre relies on the regional development and technology transfer structures to support its technology transfer actions and has developed strategic partnerships with large regional companies, such as Schneider, ST Microelectronics and CEA, in particular.
Technology transfer to SMEs is also realising its full potential in competitiveness clusters, such as Minalogic based in Grenoble, which is devoted to miniature smart systems, and Imaginove based in Lyon, specialising in image, video, and multimedia.

Seeking to develop and transfer its innovations to the economic and social world, the centre's policy in terms of outside partnerships is very active. A significant share of the research led at Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes is intended to meet the technological needs of businesses.

Technology transfer and innovation structures

GRAVIT and Lyon Sciences Transfert

GRAVIT and Lyon Sciences Transfert are close partners of the Grenoble centre in supporting the detection and maturing of innovative projects.

GRAVIT is a consortium of players in research and development, created in January 2006, in response to a call for tenders launched by the French National Research Agency.
Providing support for innovative projects, GRAVIT has four missions:

  • Prospecting of industrial needs and technological barriers
  • Pro-active detection within innovative project laboratories, able to contribute a solution to identified industrial needs
  • Technico-economic maturing of the laboratories' projects
  • Promotion of the technological offering of laboratories on a cross-disciplinary economic sector.

Lyon Science Transfert is the development department of the Université de Lyon. Lyon Science Transfert was established in April 2006, following the call for tenders launched by the French National Research Agency. Lyon Sciences Transfert has the following missions:

  • Raising awareness of research players to development
  • Identifying inventions stemming from partner laboratories
  • Maturing inventions (proof of concept and prototype)
  • Transferring to socio-economic players
  • Managing intellectual property


For the creation of businesses, the centre relies on the regional business creation assistance structures: GRAIN (Grenoble-Alpes-INcubation) in Grenoble and Crealys in Lyon. Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes is a founding member of the GRAIN incubator. It contributes its experience in company creation in the field of information and communication technologies.

Support in the creation of a business mainly involves projects resulting from the technologies developed at Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes. However, Inria is open to external owners of projects involving information and communication technologies.

Competitiveness clusters

More particularly, the management of Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes is reinforcing its research activities on nano-technologies, energy and health, as part of the competitiveness clusters Minalogic in Grenoble and Imaginove in Lyon.

Inria participates in projects of the clusters...

  • Imaginove
    The Imaginove competitiveness cluster brings together industrial and academic partners in image activities (Video Game, Audiovisual, Cinema, and Interactive Multimedia) in the Rhône-Alpes region.
  • Minalogic
    The global competitiveness cluster MINALOGIC coordinates and structures a space for innovation and specialised skills in the Grenoble-Isère region for the design, finalisation and production of products and services based on smart miniaturised solutions for industry.
  • AESE
    The Aeronautics, Space, and Embedded Systems (AESE) competitiveness cluster is a global cluster covering two regions: Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées.
  • System@tic
    The SYSTEMATIC Paris-Région global competitiveness cluster unites more than 200 industrial, academic, and institutional players, including Inria, around cooperative projects distributed over four application fields: Telecom, Security-Defence, Automotive-Transport, System Design and Development Tools.

and collaborates with the clusters...

Keywords: Development Innovation clusters Lyon Grenoble