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In Grenoble, at the heart of the French Alps, the GIANT partnership is forging dynamic new links between education, research and industry to foster the technological breakthroughs that will be the economic value drivers of the future.

The aim of the GIANT project is to respond to major challenges confronting our society today, such as communication technology, renewable energy and environmental problems, bioscience and human health.

The GIANT campus hosts more than 6,000 researchers, 5,000 industry professionals and as many students on a 250 hectares site, and its overall budget is $1 billion per year.

GIANT hosts highly innovative institutions from:
  • Grenoble Ecole de Management (Grenoble EM), Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP) and the University Joseph Fourier (UJF)
  • Major French research institutions - CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) and CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research)
  • Leading European laboratories - the European Synchrotron Research Facility (for cutting-edge science with photons), the Institute Laue-Langevin (world leader in neutron science and technology) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.
These eight institutions have joined forces under a single banner, the GIANT Innovation Campus, driven by a common goal: to become one of the world's top campuses in research, higher education, and technology transfer to industry. Scientists working in the various institutions publish 5000 publications per year and file more than 500 patents annually.

One of GIANT's main features is its will to restructure the site into six coherent centers of excellence, thereby increasing visibility and attractiveness at a worldwide level.

3 technological centers of excellence in applied research, that bring together research and technological platforms, higher education and industry:
  • MINATEC one of the major micro-nanotechnology campuses worldwide
  • GreEn (Grenoble renewable Energy) that focuses on new energy storage and production technologies
  • NanoBio that aims to develop new, miniaturized tools to improve analysis, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of diseases.
3 transversal centers of excellence:
  • The EPN Science Campus, gathering three major European Institutes and providing highly attractive instruments, able to explore the matter at anatomic level  
  • Major institutes in nanosciences, cryogenics, material sciences and life science such as CNRS
  • The Genoble School of Management, with a specific degree in Innovation and Technology Management.  
To reach that goal, $1.5 billion will be invested over 6 years, half of it will be dedicated to the development of the centers of excellence (2010-2015), the other half being used to fund amenities and transportation infrastructures. By 2015, the GIANT campus should be home to more than 30,000 students, researchers and students, with an annual budget of $1.5 billion. For more information visit:

Office for Science and Technology - Embassy of France in the United States