The French law related to Universities’ liberties and responsibilities in August 2007 (LRU) has deeply removed the academic landscape and its governing rules, introducing new balances and decision-making processes who directly impact the organization of public bodies and the everyday life of researchers and lecturers.
Since 2010 the so-called “future investments” (investissements d’avenir) promotes the emergence of new entities (Labex, IRT, IHU, IEED…), of projects of site logistics (IDEX, SATT), of infrastructures funding possibilities (Equipex, Infrastructures), of training actions (IDEFI) and of targeted research (Cohorte, Nanoélectronique, Bioinformatique…). Those new funding opportunities on a longer period of time (5 to 10 years) introduce local rearrangements that public bodies must appropriate themselves, formalize and integrate.
In a compelled economical context French state’s positions and strategic orientations in terms of research and innovation appears as major stakes for the economical reflation of the country. With its recent decisions and the 2013 budget notice, the French state confirms the national choice to support and promote a higher education system of high quality and a strong research turned towards future.
With a 2,2% increase in 2013, the budget of the French ministry of Education and Research reached 23 billion Euros, which defines research and innovation as a major priority and which confirms that the government considers student success and public research as key elements of growth. Research and innovation clearly appear as major levers for the economical reflation and for the way out of the crisis in our country. Those choices and their dedicated funds in particular will enable our research teams to challenge their European and international colleagues.
Facing the crisis of 2008 the European Commission also adapted the next program for research and innovation funding called “Horizon 2020”, clearly positioned on growth stimulation and job creation. This program will promote projects strongly innovative, clearly positioned for a market launch in the short term, and related to people’s concerns. This is why Horizon 2020 funding is organized around three priorities:
- Excellent science, supporting talented researchers, facilitating exchanges, encouraging access to priority infrastructures, in order to make Europe more attractive to international researchers;
- Industrial leadership, by promoting activities in line with companies’ reality, investment in key industrial technologies, growth potential optimization of European firms by funding, in particular SME;
- Societal challenges, by prioritizing people’s challenges to face and by mobilizing scientific and technical expertise as well as human and social sciences.
The current research context is therefore moving and new; its actors must be accompanied at two levels:
- the funding channeling in order to understand all those political and strategic changes as well as the rules and expectations of the new research funding opportunities in order to select those that are best adapted;
- the project shaping by sharing the needs and objectives of all parties involved (taking into account their specificities and interests for the project) and by constituting a coherent and full partnership.
Nowadays the research work mainly proceeds from a logic of projects whose budget is built with public grants and private funding, in an always more competitive context (in terms of number of submitted proposals and international opening) and definitely oriented towards transfer. This is why innovation actors (coming from the public research as well as from the socio-economic landscape) are well advised to look for the support of project engineering professionals in order to increase their funding potential.
Lyon Ingénierie Projets is an SME and a subsidiary of the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1.
Since the creation of the company in 2006 our mission is project management and engineering.
The company gathers now together 35 collaborators who work on a privileged partnership with 2000 researchers and lecturers of the University of Lyon to make innovating projects emerge, to shape them and to accompany them all project long.
The important network of partners that we built together with research institutes and with the main economic and institutional actors allows us to place us as an innovation actor in the Rhône-Alpes region. Our experience enable us to act on the whole national territory and beyond, in most European Countries.
Notre métier, depuis la création de l’entreprise en 2006, est l’ingénierie et le management de projets.
La société regroupe aujourd’hui 35 collaborateurs, qui s’appuient sur un partenariat privilégié avec les 2 000 chercheurs et enseignants-chercheurs de l’Université Lyon 1 pour faire émerger, construire et accompagner des projets de recherche innovants.
L’importance du réseau de partenaires que nous avons tissé avec les établissements de recherche et les principaux acteurs économiques et institutionnels nous permet de nous positionner aujourd’hui comme un acteur de l’innovation en Rhône-Alpes. Forts de cette expérience, nous intervenons aujourd’hui également sur l’ensemble du territoire national, et au-delà, dans la plupart des pays européens.