The Research and Study Centers (CER) come from a partnership between the University François Rabelais and one or several companies: they are mixed public and private laboratories.
Endowed with human and technical resources, they are dedicated to collaborative research in a certain sector of activity and possess effective tools for research and development.
Objectives: • To create attractive centers of excellence whose goals are to improve the competitivity of companies • To encourage innovation and job creation in research and development
The CERs bring together the converging interests of the principle actors in the activity of a territory: the State, communities, businesses and the university.
The University and 7 companies created together the 5 CER : • Micro-electronics : CERTEM with ST microélectronics • Cutting tools: CEROC with Sandvik Coromant • Elastomer materials: CERMEL with Hutchinson (founder) • Radio-pharmaceutics: CERRP with Cyclopharma • Sensory technology: CERTESENS with RCP Design Global, Spincontrol and CQFDgustation
Custom design for business needs • Scientific Expertise • Research project partnerships • Services on-demand • Help finding financial aid • Confidentiality
Resources for all companies • High level scientific teams experienced in working in partnerships • Quality equipment • Up to date measurement and investigation methods
The University François Rabelais expands on this policy: • by developing the existing CERs in order to aid them in achieving an international level, • by developing the association of the CERs with new businesses, notably by opening technical resources to small businesses