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Programme of Investments for the Future

Born from the "Juppé - Rocard" report of 2009, the Programme of Investments for the Future was rolled out in 2010 by the French State to finance innovative and promising investments in the region, with a principle of co-financing for each project.

Led by the General Commissariat for Investment, this program for the benefit of higher education, research, development and innovation in the strategic sectors of the French economy (industry, digital, transport, energy, health) has is the subject of several successive components (2010 - 2014 - 2017- 2021)

FEMTO-ST has mobilized in each of the last three waves of calls for projects and is involved in the various winning projects presented below.



The year 2017 saw the launch of the PIA 3, with calls for projects strongly emphasizing structuring formations in territories. PIA 3 has doubly confirmed the ambition and potential of ISITE-BFC, with two winning projects.

The one filed in the call NCU- New University Curriculum, named "RITM-BFC", concerns the License level.


The project of the University Research School -EUR called "EIPHI" (Engineering and Innovation through the Physical Sciences, High Technologies, and Interdisciplinarity) concerns, in an integrated manner, the Master and PhD levels. Also worn by the UBFC, it was built jointly by the FEMTO-ST laboratories and the ICB, as well as part of the IMB (Mathematical Institute of Burgundy), a model of Graduate School "À la française" and whose themes are located in the scientific perimeter of the ISITE-BFC axis 1 (waves, advanced materials, and intelligent systems).

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In the context of PIA (2)


Promoted by UBFC, the I-SITE Bourgogne Franche-Comté aims to ensure that the territory becomes, with the participation of all the actors involved in the project, a real international reference in three major fields of excellence:
- advanced materials, waves and intelligent systems, (part 1),
- environment, territories, and food for a sustainable quality of life (part 2),
- integrated health and individualized care (part 3).
As part of the 13 I-SITE projects submitted at the national level, this project was one of two selected at the final audition by the jury in January 2016.
The FEMTO-ST institute is one of the major contributors to the project, especially at components 1 and 3.


In the context of PIA (1)


Promoted by FEMTO-ST, this project was about smart systems embedded in the material. Based on a multidisciplinary approach involving micro and nanotechnologies, the structuring and activation of materials and the dynamic processing of complex signals, this national project "ACTION" also associates ICB and LNIO. It had 8 million €.
The goal was to transform passive objects into true intelligent systems, offering security features or adaptability and reconfigurability. These new features, which are part of many everyday objects or industrial technical installations, give vehicles, energy systems or medical devices more functionality and reliability.

The LABEX ACTIOn was integrated into th EUR EIPHI in june 2018.


The FEMTO-ST and UTINAM Institutes are among the main partners of the Thematic Network Project for Research, Innovation, Training, Services and Time-Frequency Transfer (FIRST-TF). Supported by the SYRTE (Time-Space Reference System) of the Paris Observatory, it involves, in addition to the two Franche-Comté institutes, the Laboratory of Physics of Lasers (Paris 13) and GEOAZUR at the Observatoire de la Côte d 'Azure.
However, it should be noted that 40% of the resources are located in Besançon.
The project aims at coordinating at the national level research activities in the field of time-frequency metrology. In particular, it aims to establish international standards for time and frequency and to develop ultra stable sources that can be used for a large number of applications in the fields of environment, defense, space and telecommunications.
Indeed, the impact of time and frequency references is essential in all communication architectures. This will interest the equipment manufacturers in these areas (ST Microelectronics, Thales, EADS, ..) for whom it is essential to have the most advanced technologies.
The impact of the project for the general public is important and concern geolocation applications such as Galileo which allows to develop a large number of applications in everyday life through mobile phone platforms.

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L’EQUIPEX « Oscillator IMP »

Supported by the FEMTO-ST Time-Frequency Department in partnership with UTINAM, this project has a budget of € 3.5 million in its first phase (more than € 4 million in total). It aims to implement a platform dedicated to the characterization of short-term frequency stability (1ms to 1 day). The objective is to become the world leader in the field covering a very broad spectrum (from MHz to THz) and including optical frequencies (microwave photonics). This platform will be used for research purposes: study and demonstration of new concepts of oscillators, but will also be open to the industry via collaborative projects or services. Oscillator-IMP will thus make it possible to significantly improve the metrological performance of measurements made for both service activities and research and development needs.




In addition, still in the field of time-frequency, FEMTO-ST is partner of the project "REFIMEVE +" which will allow the agencies and national laboratories involved in the field to have a frequency reference from the SYRTE (Observatoire de Paris ). This distribution is ensured by the RENATER fiber optic network. In Besançon, the FEMTO-ST Institute, one of the major players in Time / Frequency metrology, will be one of the privileged nodes of this network with UTINAM. The Institute will thus have the necessary reference signals to continue its research on ultra-stable oscillators and clocks, as well as to extend its accredited service activity for the calibration of frequency sources. On the other hand, the implementation of this large network will allow the realization of original scientific experiments: it can for example be used as a gigantic Sagnac effect gyro to measure with unparalleled precision the rotation of the Earth and its irregularities, or to study the forces causing the earthquakes.



FEMTO-ST is also involved in the Robotex National Robotex Robotics Platform project.

Led by the CNRS on a national scale, it focuses on the development of five technological and scientific platforms in France in the field of robotics. At the FEMTO-ST institute, this project will make it possible to acquire a scanning electron microscope equipped with micro-nanorobotic tools for a total amount of 630,000 euros, including maintenance over 5 years. The objective of this equipment is the study of new automatic means of micromanipulation and micro-assembly on a dimensional scale located between microsciences and nanosciences. This project should open new avenues for the assembly of nanotechnology components.

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L’IRT « M2P »

FEMTO-ST is one of IRT M2P's partners. This Technological Research Institute aims to build a technological research center for the production and transformation of materials to maintain the competitiveness of the application sectors of energy, transport and industry. With 300 public and private researchers, it is spread over three sites (Metz, Besançon and Troyes)


PSPC Open food system

FEMTO-ST is one of the research partners of the Project Structuring Competitiveness Clusters "Open food system".
National in scope, at the crossroads of several sectors of activity (the food industry, household appliances and that of digital content and services), it aims to develop digital kitchen solutions and new intelligent cooking appliances (automatic control cooking parameters for optimal results, preservation of organoleptic and nutritional qualities of cooked food ...). Coordinated and led by Groupe Seb, it is supported by six competitiveness clusters, including the Microtechniques and Vitagora clusters in Franche-Comté. This project, which brings together 25 industrial and scientific partners, will receive financial support of 9.1 M € for a global budget of 21 M €.

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