On 28 March, during his visit to "GLOBAL INDUSTRY", Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, reiterated the government's support - notably financial - for the Carnot, an essential mechanism for innovation in French companies. This additional €5 million confirms the role of Carnot in the innovation landscape and will enable the company to step up its actions in the service of companies of all sizes and in all regions.
Auring her speech on the occasion of her visit to the "Espace Carnot" on 28 March, the Minister thanked the Carnot institutes for their work in favour of research and bringing laboratories and companies closer together, as illustrated by the latest technologies and innovations presented at the exhibition. (1).
On that occasion, she said: "The government wants to encourage programs that work and have proven themselves in the innovation landscape. This is precisely the case of the Carnot Institutes, which are working to bring public research laboratories and businesses closer together. It is for these reasons that I have decided to support them financially so that they can develop further and expand their activities. »
Philippe Véron, President of the Association of Carnot Institutes added: "I would like to thank Minister Frédérique Vidal for her support, which is a strong sign for our network whose strength is illustrated by our collective presence on GLOBAL INDUSTRY. It is by working together that we are able to create the innovations of tomorrow and support companies in their R&D projects on a daily basis. »
Tomorrow's innovations are already here
In order to boost companies' R&D and facilitate their access to the skills and technologies of the largest French laboratories, the Carnot are at the origin of numerous innovations presented at GLOBAL INDUSTRIE around six thematic clusters:
- Innovative materials with in particular a paper filtering the Wifi and mobile waves or a textile of new generation which attenuates, for the 1st time, only the desired radiations unlike the existing solutions blocking the whole frequency bands;
- Optimized products and services backed with hydrophobic paper or drone allowing industrialists to inspect, easily and quickly, the components of inaccessible installations such as wind turbines or catenaries ;
- Advanced production technologies including an intelligent collaborative robot, or a new ultrasonic welding method for assembling paperboard;
- Connected objects with, for example, a network allowing autonomous and connected vehicles to analyse complex scenes in real time or a connected dress prototype with micro-encapsulation of perfume and electroluminescent fabric ;
- Augmented human with virtual and augmented reality applications for fire training or design assistance as well as a surgical cockpit to effectively support surgeons ;
- Environmental performance and energy efficiency, including the presentation of a new process for producing a clean fuel from water and electricity for a torch.
(1) The Institut Carnot label was created in 2006 to develop research partnerships between public laboratories and socio-economic players by guaranteeing a high level of professionalism in the partnership relationship. The Carnot network brings together 38 research structures selected, in July 2017, following a call for applications based on very selective criteria and strong commitments. It is the leader in partnership research and aan essential lever for accelerating innovation for business.
Located on the whole of FranceThe Carnot network works closely with companies of all sizes, from SMEs to large groups, to better meet their daily innovation needs, which are more essential than ever in a context of globalized competition. The Carnot facilitate access SME scientific and technological skills of the network thanks to structuring programs, such as the "Cities of the Network". Carnot shares« for a wide range of industrial sectors including aeronautics, automotive, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and sports.
Grouping together 18% of the public research workforce, the Carnot are at the origin of 50% of R&D contracts financed by companies to French public research, for a total of €611M in direct contractual revenue with companies. Here again, these figures attest to the recognized role of the Carnot as a pivotal player in research and innovation in France. Working with the Carnot guarantees companies research at the highest level and a professional partnership relationship.
The Carnot system is piloted by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and is managed by the National Research Agency. The Association of Carnot Institutes is in charge of leading and promoting the network's actions.