Research in Europe

IMT is a major actor in large European research programs. By itself, the Institut accounts for 192 research contracts in FP7, the 7th Framework Program, with the European Commission.  This program was the principal instrument for financing research in Europe from 2007 to 2013. In 2014, the European program HORIZON 2020 replaced FP7.

horizon-2020IMT to play a major role in the Horizon 2020 program, notably as an NCP SME, a National Contact Point for Small and Medium Enterprises. The NCPs are led by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR). It brings together experts from European programs tasked with assisting project leaders.

The Institut was engaged in FP7 on several levels: large joint projects, individual ERC (European Research Council) projects of excellence, and mobility programs for researchers (Marie Curie program).

Large joint projects

These projects aim to strengthen ties between our research laboratories and our industrial (SMEs, midcaps and large groups) and academic (universities, research centers) European partners. The objective of these projects is to progress in the scientific and technological state of the art in our respective fields of competence. They also contribute to the proposal of industrial applications for our research, allowing our results to be highlighted through the transfer of technology to our private partners in France and Europe.

IMT taking part in 28 collaborative projects in the 4 sections of Horizon 2020:

  • Excellent Science: 6 projects (2 projects in the “Future and Emerging Technologies” program and 4 ERC projects)
  • Industrial Leadership: 14 projects
  • Societal challenges: 7 projects
  • Euratom: 1 project

See the list of Horizon 2020 projects

In the framework of FP7, IMT has distinguished itself particularly in the following areas:

  • ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) where it is among the top French contributors alongside its counterparts the CEA, the INRIA and the CNRS, with one hundred or so projects. The Institute coordinates three projects: Euro-NF (Future Internet), PANOPTESEC and NECOMA (Cyber Security). The Institute is amongst the top contributors in certain domains: in the top 3 European academic contributors on the themes of networks of the future and security in ICT.
  • Energy and processes: fifteen or so projects notably including several leading projects: IDEAL CELL, SAFEWIND, LOVE, ENDORSE
  • Materials and nanotechnology, with fifteen or so projects involving Mines ParisTech, Mines Douai and Mines Albi.
  • Also worthy of mention are those in the fields of transport, space, the environment, health and safety (plus twenty or so projects) and those part of Euratom (6 projects).

See the list of our FP7 projects


Logo Eureka

IMT also participates in several other European research programs, including the Eureka program, which supports innovative technological cooperation projects led by industry players. The Institute plays a particularly active role in programs on the themes of software with ITEA 3, telecommunications with Celtic-Plus and microelectronics with Catrene.

See the list of our Celtic projects

See the list of our ITEA projects


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology: EIT ICT Labs


The European Institute of Innovation and Technology is a European initiative that aims to promote links between training, research and innovation. The measure is based on the establishment of KIC (Knowledge and innovation communities).

The EIT ICT Labs are the KIC for information and communication technologies. EIT ICT Labs are organized around seven geographic regions: Berlin (Germany), Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Helsinki (Finland), Paris (France), Stockholm (Sweden), Trento (Italy) and London (United Kingdom).


ERC (European Research Council) individual projects of excellence

The ERC funds scientific excellence at the cutting edge of knowledge. It is a investigator-driven program allowing researchers to identify new opportunities and directions for research, rather than being led by priorities. The program is dedicated to exploratory research, whose only selection criterion is scientific excellence.

The Institute awarded 5 ERC grants in the Horizon 2020 program:

gif_erc-logoDavid Gesbert (Eurécom) : Advanced Grant – PERFUME

Stéphane Avril (Mines Saint-Étienne/Armines) : Consolidator Grant – BIOLOCHANICS

Pierre Badel (Mines Saint-Étienne/Armines) : Starting Grant – Aartemis

Roisin Owens (Mines Saint-Étienne /Armines) : Proof of Concept – IONOSENSE

Nicolas Tabareau (chargé de recherche Inria au sein de l’équipe Ascola, basée à Mines Nantes) : Starting Grant –  «CoqHoTT»

 4 of the Institute’s researchers received ERC funds during FP7:

Jean-Philippe Vert (Mines ParisTech/Armines): Starting Grant – Statistical machine learning for complex biological data

Fabian Muniesa (Mines ParisTech/Armines): Starting Grant – Performativity in Business Education, Management Consulting and Entrepreneurial Finance

Roisin Meabh-Owens (Mines Saint-Etienne/Armines): Starting Grant – Exploitation of Organic Electrochemical Transistors for Biological Ionsensing

Claude Berrou (Telecom Bretagne): Advanced Grant – Neural coding, specification, design and test of message passing neural machines

Structural funds: Interreg IV

The Institut also takes part in Interreg projects. This program aims to promote cooperation between regions in Europe and the development of joint solutions in the fields of urban, rural and coastal development, economic development and management of the environment. The current program is called Interreg IV, and covers the period from 2007 to 2015.

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology: EIT ICT Labs

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology is a initiative that aims to promote links between education, research and innovation. This measure is based on the establishment of Knowledge and Innovation Communities, or KICs.

EIT_Kics_logo_EIT_ICT_LabsThe EIT ICT Labs is the KIC dedicated to information and communications technologies. The EIT ICT Labs is organized around seven locations: Berlin (Germany), Eindhoven (the Netherlands), Helsinki (Finland), Paris (France), Stockholm (Sweden), Trento (Italy) and London (United Kingdom). The IMT is part of the French consortia alongside Alcatel-Lucent, Orange/France Télécom, INRIA, the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), the Université Paris Sud (Paris 11) and certain competitiveness clusters (Systematic, Cap Digital, Images&Réseaux etc.).

International Research – Outside Europe

IMT schools have established multiple agreements for educational and scientific cooperation with the world’s leading universities and research centers (framework agreements, cooperation agreements, exchange programs etc.).

On the strength of these exchanges the Institute can develop additional international research partnerships. In particular, it participates in programs set up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support research in ICT with Asia (STIC-ASIE program) – 15 projects since 2005 -and South America (STIC-AMSUD program) – 12 projects since 2009.

See of our STIC Asie projects and our STIC AmSud projects

IMT projects and partners in the STIC ASIE and STIC AmSud programs

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