Supporting entrepreneurial researchers

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The University of Bordeaux supports its researchers in their innovation and business creation projects. Within the university, many departments are involved in boosting technology transfer and the promotion of research work.

Photo : Innovation and promotion of research are part of the University of Bordeaux's missions © University of Bordeaux
Innovation and promotion of research are part of the University of Bordeaux's missions © University of Bordeaux

For years, the University of Bordeaux has been strengthening its links with the socio-economic sphere and supporting researchers who want to add a new dimension to their discoveries.

This support is achieved on a daily basis via the university's internal departments, which make it possible to smoothly validate each step of the project selection process.

Services for research promotion and innovation

Businesses, partnerships and innovation department 

Learn more about the Innovation department (in french)

The Businesses, partnerships and innovation department is mainly involved in managing 'early stage' projects, i.e. upstream, when projects are in the first stages of design.
Its missions are to generate and promote the emergence of ideas, to detect emerging projects, to provide support for developing projects, as well as to act as as an interface with the socio-economic sphere.
The department brings together a very wide range of skills, expertise and methodologies, especially in outreach or design thinking so it can respond to external calls for projects in search of funding. In short, it helps an idea become a project.

Department for technology transfer and research contracts

Learn more about technology transfer and research contracts (in french)

COREV, the department for technology transfer and research contracts, helps laboratories and researchers set up a framework for their collaboration (advice, negotiating and drafting a contract that will provide the framework for the project, in particular regarding intellectual property) and in their project for promoting their research findings. COREV receives individual requests from lecturer-researchers about business creation, scientific cooperation or holding shares in the capital of a start-up that uses their findings.
The department also provides daily monitoring of the activity of two university affiliates, SATT Aquitaine Science Transfert and ADERA, and it supports the university's Federation of Research Platforms, in particular in opening up to the socio-economic sphere.

The University of Bordeaux and companies are currently involved in over twenty joint research entities.
These entities can take on many different forms (joint laboratories, official positions such as  department chairs, etc.), but as a whole, they pursue a common goal: to meet the technological challenges expressed by industry and the economy, thanks to the pooling of resources and governance shared between companies and academics to co-build a scientific programme.
The SRCom office provides monitoring of these formative partnerships that act as a major lever in promoting research.

Aquitaine Science Transfert: the university affiliate promoting research in the region

Learn more about Aquitaine Science Transfert (in french)

In the region, the SATT Aquitaine Science Transfert (AST) is a major player for research institutions like the University of Bordeaux.
Funded by the French government as part of the French Investments for the Future Programme (Programme des Investissements d'Avenir), AST's mission is to evaluate, protect and develop inventions by researchers to support them until the inventions are turned into innovations placed on the market.
The University of Bordeaux relies on its SATT to manage the institution's portfolio of intellectual property and file patents in its name.

Adera: the university's affiliate supporting innovation

Learn more about Adera (in french)

ADERA (Association for the Development of Education and Research in Aquitaine) is now a university affiliated company, whose main missions are to support and encourage innovation and relations with industry.

It manages industrial contracts, takes charge of hosting certain platforms and technology transfer cells, and supports the organisation of conferences designed to promote research work.