Scientific and technological research


The GIANT campus is home to nearly 10,000 science and research jobs.

GIANT, or Grenoble Innovation for Advanced New Technologies, was designed and created to speed up innovation from basic research through to industrial R&D. Today, the campus is positioned as a tech transfer accelerator. Specifically, this means that all GIANT partners are engaged, both individually and together, in moving new scientific knowledge generated through basic research through the stages of the innovation process through to potential market applications.

In practical terms, the campus’ higher education partners Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble INP, and UGA conduct basic research that feeds into programs at sci-tech research institutes like the CEA, CNRS, EMBL, ESRF, and ILL. At this stage, basic research has evolved into applied research. Finally, our tech-transfer partnerships with businesses help bring this applied research to the market. 

GIANT’s model works because the campus’ partners are so firmly committed to cooperation. But there’s more. GIANT also engages in open innovation. At GIANT, open innovation means centralizing different stakeholders’ know-now, research and development facilities and equipment, and financing—in this case, on the GIANT campus—for all to use. 

GIANT has built a large number of partnerships spanning basic and applied research and has carved out a position as a leading international tech innovator. The success of GIANT’s unique ecosystem depends on leading researchers—including in the nanosciences—and international-caliber research facilities like the large European instruments.

Research at GIANT focuses on 5 societal challenges and 3 transverse axes :