The State has pledged €400m to the Grenoble, University of Innovation project as part of Operation Campus..
The project, which was one of the six selected in May 2008 within the scope of Operation Campus, is geared towards further developing Grenoble’s academic and scientific excellence and its international reputation. It stands out chiefly for its global and integrated approach, be it in terms of the nature and number of players involved, its urban integration, its scientific vision or its concern for social issues.
The Grenoble, University of Innovation project encompasses the strategic development visions of ALL the local area’s academic and scientific actors: universities (Université Joseph Fourier, Université Pierre Mendès France and Université Stendhal, Grenoble INP and Grenoble IEP) and other research and training establishments (CEA, CNRS, INRIA, Cemagref, CHU and GEM), in partnership with INSERM and CSTB, CROUS for student accommodation and welfare aspects, and the local competitive clusters and CCI, with additional support from the various local authorities (Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, Isère Departmental Council, Greater Grenoble Urban Council and Grenoble City Council).
The project includes a number of wide-scale initiatives aimed at performing major changes to Grenoble’s two main university sites, through the construction or refurbishment of facilities, for the purpose of:
- improving the living and working conditions of students and staff (accommodation, sports, services, etc.)
- overhauling the university facilities that need the most urgent attention and bringing them into compliance with current sustainable development standards
- structuring or reinforcing the thematic, scientific and education clusters that constitute the area’s centres of excellence.
The Grenoble project is geared primarily towards demonstrating the academic and scientific community’s commitment to the social issues that are a Sustainable Planet, Health and Information. Grenoble’s approach to each of these major social challenges is based on a cross-disciplinary rationale that takes in all the relevant themes, from scientific and technological innovation to social innovation.
The commitment made to addressing these four challenges primarily involves setting up or consolidating various thematic clusters (or centres of excellence), each concentrated in one physical location and, much like the successful Minatec cluster, gathering together all the players in the relevant field (training curricula, research units, collaboration and transfer mechanisms, ongoing training, etc.). These thematic clusters fall into the following categories:
- Innovation and Creation and Technology Management (targeting Innovation)
- Micro-nanotechnology and Intelligent Software and Systems (targeting Information)
- Energy and Sustainable Development and the Environment (targeting a Sustainable Planet)
- Integrated and Systemic Biology and Biotechnology (targeting Health)