Innovation and technology transfer: comprehensive organization
The Midi-Pyrenees Regional Council has established its goals of enabling our region to reinforce its position as a major scientific and research center, at both the national and European level, within the framework of policies for economic development and promotion of research in this region.
The aim of the transfer of technology is to favour the economic development by the support of innovation and the valorization of regional research. The acts of Midi-Pyrenees' regional council follow this point of view :
The structuring of research clusters. The regional council supports founding projects (property investments to gather reserach teams, extension of laboratories...) around six scientific fields: Space, Sciences of earth and climate - IT, Electronics - Sciences of life - Water, Engineering of processes, Chemistry - Materials, Physics of the matter, Aeronautic technics - Sciences and society.
Ambition of regional council is to confirm, in Midi-Pyrenees, some excellence poles with national and even European vocation.
The support for joint laboratories in order to extend the national and international acknowledgement of regional researchers and laboratories - for example, the laboratory PEARL which gathers five publics laboratories, Alstom and a dozen of companies working on power electronics (cf. table research/industry partnership below).
Aid for scientific events
The purpose of this measure is to promote the organization of events in Midi-Pyrenees intended to develop research community/business links, and international events (conventions, seminars, meetings, symposiums, conferences) of a scientific nature, centered on the priority themes in the Midi-Pyrenees Region. The subsidy is intended for public research organizations, universities and engineering schools, as well as nonprofit organizations espousing scientific goals.
- Aid for events to promote business-research links
- Aid for international scientific events
Call for research and technology transfer projects
The purpose of this call for projects is to support technological research and applications within the developmental domains of the two regional competitiveness clusters. The two sectors defined innthe current call for projects are :
- « Aeronautics, Space and Embedded Systems »
- « Cancer-Bio-Health »
An open portfolio budget is available to back research projects concernig other sectors.
Chaires d'Excellence Pierre de Fermat
(Pierre de Fermat Chairs of Excellence)
The Midi-Pyrenees Regional Council has launched a program for annual financing of research chairs in order to welcome high level, internationally renowned researchers in all disciplines.
The attribution of each chairs enables the beneficiary to spend six months or a year, full-time in one or several higher education or research establishments in Midi-Pyrenees, working on a collaborative project with a local team. The grant may be distributed over a period of two years.
Programme Régional d’Actions Innovatrices (PRAI) (regional program for innovative action):
A PRAI, or regional program for innovative actions, is a European Union mechanism provided to the regions to encourage experimentation and innovative projects. Its purpose is to initiate and support innovative regional policies in the areas of research and development, new information technologies, sustainable development, and to reinforce public-private partnerships in these areas. This original approach, developed in the research phase of the PRAI, seeks to stimulate technological innovation in Midi-Pyrenees on a long-term basis and achieve better involvement of regional companies in technology transfer strategies.
Priority is given to the following sectors :
- Molecular Screening,
- Modeling and Calculation.
In addition to these actions, the Regional Council has created a regional innovation agency, Midi-Pyrenees Innovation, and the research promotion agency, AVAMIP :
This agency merges the three organizations previously in charge of technology transfer: Adermip, Miditech and 3RT. Its purpose is to provide a link between the research community and businesses in order to help businesses evolve, and to accompany their innovative projects by integrating them into the European dynamic, and to enable the driving forces of Midi-Pyrenees to contribute to the region's competitiveness.
The regional agency for the promotion of research in Midi-Pyrenees (AVAMIP), confederates the strengths of 20 establishments in Midi-Pyrenees (Toulouse universities, engineering schools, research organizations) and has been assigned four primary missions: to favor patent applications by providing better information to research teams; to back the creation of innovative companies by researchers from public establishments; to improve the flow of information to the industrialists concerning research work carried out in the region; to help laboratories integrate European research programs.
Beyong this three acts, the Midi-Pyrenees' regional council supports other structures of transfer, like:
- Regional centers for innovation and technology transfer (CRITTs).
There are 9 CRITTs in Midi-Pyrenees which are members of intercritt:
Five 3RT regional networks for technological research, meeting the needs of business and industry, favors the distribution of information and the emergence of cooperative technological and industrial research projects:
Transversal organizations enable university technical institutes, advanced technical programs, vocational and technological secondary schools and agricultural schools to implement technology transfer services directly related to the immediate needs of regional companies.
Midi-Pyrenees Incubator has provided assistance and follow-up for nearly 101 innovative start-ups which have spun off from research. It gaves birth to 61 companies in variuous fields like:
- Sciences and technology of information et communications: Noomeo, Intuilab, Nanotimes
- Engineering: Marion Technologies, NeoSens, Ajlit
- Life sciences: Vectalys, BT Pharma, Physiogenex, Urodelia
Regional Start-up Fund - Fonds d’AMorçage régional, the FAM invests in companies with strong potential which are working to capitalize on the latest scientific and technological developments, preferably in companies within the incubator, or within the network of fledgling business centers in Midi-Pyrenees, as well as start-ups less than two years old.
CNRT/AE National Aerospace Technology Research Center
, the purpose of CNRT/AE is to stimulate the partnership between public and industrial research units, based on the scientific and technical topics to meet needs expressed directly by the industries. This research center is located in Toulouse at the heart of Midi-Pyrenees. It is working to create a center of excellence recognized both nationally and on the European level in aerospace, by concentrating resources and organizing close collaboration between public research units and those within companies. Its role is to assist local industrial development and consolidate Toulouse at the head of a national and European network in the field of aerospace.