South Region-CNRS Collaborative Protocol: European Research Projects, Vectors for Innovation and Expertise for the Region

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Antoine Petit, President and CEO of CNRS and Renaud Muselier, President of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur during the signing of a cooperation protocol © Florent Gardin

This signing comes on the occasion of an event organized by CNRS and the Southern Region as part of the French Presidency of the European Union (PFUE) and Joli mois de l’Europe, ” CNRS celebrates Joli mois de l’Europe with the southern region – European research projects, a vector for innovation and expertise for the influence of the territories ‘Propose a morning of presentations by researchers carrying out scientific projects developed in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and supported by Europe, in order to raise awareness of the research projects carried out in the context of the major societal challenges facing Europe; , their impact on citizens and on the attractiveness of territories.

Through this cooperation protocol, the CNRS and the Southern Region undertake to combine their actions in favor of common goals:

• Support research and support for innovation,

• Consolidate research facilities and infrastructures with high visibility into a logic of sharing and openness to the scientific community, in particular regional, public and private,

• Implement an ambitious partnership policy for the development of scientific and technical employment, by participating in education through, and for research, by developing initiatives for the benefit of the disabled and apprentices,

• Promote the exploitation of research results for the benefit of regional economic development,

• Contribute to the implementation of the “conservation of R & D jobs” system to maintain the R & D capacity of regional enterprises,

• Contribute to the dialogue between science and society,

• Provide support for public policies and expertise.

This 3-year commitment will be assessed annually to assess the measures taken and encourage the emergence of new cooperation.

With the help of the European Union, we are now strengthening our partnership with CNRS to support our researchers, develop our education and encourage innovation in the region. Higher education and research are essential to meet the major societal and environmental challenges that await us. Let’s together make the Southern Region the largest Smart Region in Europe says Renaud Muselier.

CNRS wants to strengthen its links with local authorities, who are our natural partners on the sites, of course with universities and schools, but also with Europe. Our goals meet and complement each other, especially when it comes to placing science at the center of society or the necessary transfer of our research findings to the socio-economic world. This agreement allows us to jointly structure a few priority scientific themes and also to act in a coordinated way with regard to promotion, the attractiveness of the territory or even scientific culture. », Explains Antoine Petit, President and CEO of CNRS.

Thematic priorities

The main themes on which the partners decide to register their cooperation are linked both to the research potential that exists in the territory, as well as to the strategic issues defined by the Southern Region within the framework of its climate plan “Keep a COP of advance “and major regional causes such as the cancer plan, in line with the following 10 areas of specialization:

• Health and silver economy,

• Naturalness,

• Blue Economy,

• Aviation,

• security defense,

• energy conversion,

• the ecological change,

• Culture,

• tourism,

• Sports.

In addition, the collaboration between the region and CNRS will also focus on the 3 key technologies identified in the recently adopted draft Smart Specialization Strategy 2021-2027, which are:

• Intelligent, communicative and secure technologies,

• Optics Photonics,

• Green chemistry and active and advanced materials.

Initially, special emphasis will be placed on the following areas:

• Marine resources / biodiversity / climate / environment,

• Biology / Health, medical research,

• Astrophysics, particle physics, mathematics,

• Smart technologies

communicative and secure,

• Heritage / archeology,

• Optics-Photonics, Quantum Technologies.

Innovation is developing in the South region

For the economy and employment, higher education and research represent a real asset in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. With a complete ecosystem that has benefited from more than € 150 million in regional support by 2020, it provides businesses and academic staff with access to advanced infrastructure. Region South wishes through the signing of this agreement

form” its engagement with the State and Europe in favor of the attractiveness of its territory. Thus, more than € 96 million is registered in the future contract, which will strengthen the development of regional research “.


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