All GIANT research labs devote a significant portion of their activities to industry partnerships. These partnerships include joint programs with more than a hundred companies from France and beyond, ranging from start-ups to major multinationals such as Air Liquide, Alcatel-Lucent, EADS, Freescale, bioMérieux, STMicroelectronics, Pfizer, and Total.
The joint programs carried out at GIANT mainly address high-tech industries including microelectronics, information technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. However they also support traditional industries like oil and gas, construction, automotive, rail, building materials, and household appliances. For these more traditional industries, partnerships with GIANT are crucial to developing the breakthroughs needed to stay ahead of the competition. Such partnerships tend to focus on transforming the new technology developed at GIANT into marketable products.
How to become a partner
GIANT partners are known for their active involvement in joint research projects. For instance, the CEA-Leti information technology partnership and the new energy consortium comprised of CEA, CNRS, Grenoble Institute of Technology, and Grenoble University (Université Joseph Fourier) have received the prestigious Carnot certification from the French National Research Agency.
GIANT offers the following types of business partnerships:
- training for Masters, Ph.D., and post-doc students on the state-of-the-art in science and technology and the best practices in technology transfer
- access to the equipment and expertise at the GIANT labs and technology platforms
- active participation in research-industry consortiums established to bid for regional, national, and EU funding. GIANT partners are members of the Minalogic, LyonBioPole, and Tenerrdis competitive clusters, all of which provide efficient networks for bringing together industry, research, and education
- bilateral R&D agreements set up to develop technological building blocks, find new applications, and establish joint research-industry project teams
Companies can also partner on research projects with Grenoble Ecole de Management, a business school specializing in technology and innovation management, or they can enter into an agreement with the school to receive expert insight and test new practices in the real world.