France’s Technological Research Institutes (IRTs) are one of the instruments of the French government’s Investissements d’avenir economic stimulus package to spur innovation and revitalize the nation’s manufacturing and services industries. The IRTs are multidisciplinary public-private innovation campuses set up to further strengthen the innovation ecosystems established by the nation’s competitive clusters.
The primary role of the IRTs is to pool public and private research equipment, facilities, and expertise, preferably under a single roof. The goal is to achieve the “critical mass” necessary to drive the entire innovation process, from concept to demonstrators and prototypes.
The research and development carried out at the IRTs is market-driven and interdisciplinary, and calls upon know-how from both academia and industry. The innovations developed must contribute to economically-competitive technological solutions addressing markets deemed strategic to France’s economy.
Each IRT brings together at a single location state-of-the-art expertise, equipment, and facilities, conducting applied research through to the demonstrator/industrial prototype stage. The IRTs maintain a special focus on transferring the technologies they develop to industry for integration into economically-viable products and services, thereby helping get innovations “made in France” onto international markets.
The IRTs are run by the French National Research Agency (ANR).
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> IRTs across France
As of end-2010, a total of eight proposed IRTs had been selected to receive funding. Together, they represent nearly 400 members, 75% market-leading businesses of all sizes and 25% top-tier academic research organizations. The IRTs, which receive government funding under France’s Investissements d’avenir economic stimulus package, will have invested an impressive €2.5 billion in research and innovation by 2020.