Focus on Europe
IRT Jules Verne, a French research institute dedicated to manufacturing, has as its key ambition to bring its expertise and know-how to bear on the international stage through the conduct of R&D projects. Specialising in meeting market requirements, IRT Jules Verne is directed towards the strategic aeronautics, automotive, energy and shipbuilding sectors. These highly competitive industries are seeing the emergence of ambitious European programmes, which are supported by public authorities and include the European Commission’s Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development, as well as collaborative projects involving academic and industrial actors.
Since 2015, IRT Jules Verne has taken a decidedly international turn and has set up a strategy to obtain European funding in order to bring to fruition a number of research and development projects in line with its technological roadmap.
IRT Jules Verne is active within the European Commission’s Framework Programmes dedicated to research and development such as FP7, HORIZON 2020 and HORIZON Europe. The Institute is particularly involved in the Second Pillar “Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness” of Horizon Europe:
To meet its ambition, IRT Jules Verne has structured its business accordingly and in 2017, it set up a Europe unit dedicated to the set-up of European projects with the aim of strengthening IRT Jules Verne’s international collaborations and meeting the challenge of diversifying its funding. The results are already apparent, with no fewer than 12 European projects on its books.
Its team supports IRT Jules Verne’s researchers, but where necessary, its industrial and/or academic members can be brought onboard for different projects.
The principal mission of the European Unit rests on the following three pillars:
- Positioning IRT Jules Verne within the European research landscape (lobbying, integrating formal and informal networks of influence, institutional relations, taking a proactive stance on future framework programmes, developing its network of European partners, etc.). As such, IRT Jules Verne is a member of the European lobbying associations, an active member of several GTN (National Thematic Groups), and it is in regular contact with the various NCPs (National Contact Points).
- Carrying out strategic monitoring of calls for tender for European projects, particularly Framework Programmes, and opportunities for collaboration on themes already within IRT Jules Verne’s roadmap.
- Representing and promoting IRT Jules Verne at European and international networking events.
- IRT Jules Verne also has a representative based in Brussels, as close as possible to the European institutions, whose main mission is to represent the Institute’s interests. This representative is a “shared resource” between the EMC2 competitiveness cluster and 10 of its members, including IRT Jules Verne.
Set-up and management of European projects
Responding to calls for tender in targeted projects on behalf of IRT Jules Verne:
- Around 15 proposals submitted each year, a number expected to grow in the coming years.
- Intervention mainly as workpackage leader.
- Possibility to solicit French end-users (aeronautics, automotive, naval, energy and integrators sectors).
Monitoring the funded projects and associated periodic reporting.
Ties with the local ecosystem
- Creating ties between Europe’s activities and the existing regional ecosystem such as the EMC2 cluster, WEAMEC, the Brussels Office for the Loire region, etc.
- To this end, and as part of a pooled resource project involving 9 other partners in the EMC2 ecosystem, a representative based in Brussels has been handling IRT Jules Verne’s European interests since May 2019.