The CNRS and the University of Limoges strengthen their partnership: a shared scientific policy

The University of Limoges has 11 structures under joint supervision with the CNRS. At 1er January 2020, nearly 80 CNRS permanent staff are distributed in common units with nearly 50 researchers and around thirty engineers-technicians-administrators.

The partnership research between the CNRS and the University of Limoges revolves around the following scientific themes:

  • Radio-Frequency (RF) systems and printed electronics for telecom and energy;
  • Intelligent systems and networks;
  • Photonics Coherent fibers and sources;
  • Synthesis and analysis of images;
  • Mathematics and information security;
  • Ceramic processes; Plasma and laser processes;
  • Multi-scale structural organization of materials;
  • Ceramics under environmental constraints;
  • Basic immunology and pathologies associated with monoclonal immunoglobulins

as well as themes related to the environment:

  • Constructions and mobilizations of environmental capital;
  • Environmental amenities and mobility
  • Environment and health risks.

These activities are thus developed in partnership with 8 of the 10 CNRS institutes: INSIS, INC, INEE, INSB, INS2I, INSHS, INSMI and INSU.

The structuring partnership between the University of Limoges and the CNRS is based first of all on objects of the Future Investment Program (PIA). The EUR TACTIC for “Transverse actions between advanced ceramics & ICT” carried out jointly by the XLIM and IRCER laboratories aims to train, through research, students specialized in the field of ceramics and ICT technologies. The University of Limoges coordinates the LabEx “SIGMA_LIM: specific ceramic materials and components for integrated, secure, intelligent communicating systems” (renewed in 2019).

The Laboratories are involved in three multi-site EquipEx+ projects for the 2021-2027 period: NANOFUTUR (National Investments for Nanotechnologies of the Future), ADD4P (Additive Manufacturing of glasses and components for photonics) and TIRREX (Technological Infrastructure for Robotics Research of Excellency).

The scientific dynamic is also articulated around structuring projects within the framework of the State-Region Plan Contract (CPER) subject to financial support from the State and the Region. Several units are also involved in setting up one or more Regional Research Networks (R3) in New Aquitaine. The ONCOSPHERE network, focused on Oncology (for which the CRIBL immune response laboratory is one of the founding members) is already very active. BIOSENA on Biodiversity is being consolidated and. Others are in the start-up phase: SYLVANA for forest bio-economy or even R4 for Robotics, the R3 “low-carbon ENERGY” network, the R3IA “Artificial Intelligence” network, the “Water” network, the R3 “Digital Educative “. Finally, other networks are at the end of the creation phase and will start the seed phase in 2022, such as the “recomposed human” network or the “New mobility” network.

IRCER and XLIM are at the origin of many start-ups and are developing significant contractual activity with several large national groups, particularly within the framework of 11 joint laboratories. The dynamic of partnership and development on the Limoges site results from a strong articulation with the ecosystem (competitiveness clusters, CRTs, local authorities, etc.). The model built around the joint PROTHEIS laboratory project and the SAFIR platform is a perfect illustration of this link. The University of Limoges and the CNRS wish to further increase the dissemination of this culture of partnership and entrepreneurship.

In order for the territory to gain in visibility and attractiveness, the University of Limoges and the CNRS also wish to jointly develop their action towards Europe and internationally. The desire of the two establishments is to increase the number of applications for European projects within the framework of the new Horizon Europe programme, more particularly ERC projects and projects coordinated by a research team from the Limoges site.

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The CNRS and the University of Limoges strengthen their partnership: a shared scientific policy


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