Région Centre-Val de Loire


For the Centre-Val de Loire region, is supporting research projects, whether they are carried out by laboratories within university research organizations and high schools, or by companies. These projects will provide the Region with new assets for its socio-economic development. The actions of the Region aim to strengthen exchanges and partnerships between laboratories and companies, which are the best vectors of innovation.

Moreover, scientific progress and technological development can only benefit society if they are the object of the broadest appropriation by the population: knowledge of the stakes, the hopes but also the risks involved must be shared. This dialogue between science and society is supported by actions to promote and disseminate scientific, technical and industrial culture, strongly supported by the Region.

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Academic Partners

Laboratoire PRISME


The outline of PRISME’s activity lies in the broad field of Engineering Sciences, ranging from the automation, robotics, signal processing, computer vision, modeling of complex systems, risk, energy, combustion.
The different research themes are supported by two departments: Fluids, Energy, Combustion, Propulsion (FECP) and Images, Robotics, Automatic, Signal (IRAuS).
The unit of 160 people, including 100 permanent staff  (95 Lecturers-Researchers and 5 technicians and administrative staff), and 60 PhD students  located on 4 sites of the University of Orléans (Orléans, Bourges, Chartres, Châteauroux) and on INSA CVL (Bourges). The PRISME laboratory contributes to the advancement of scientific knowledge with strong relationships with industrial development with annually: 50 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, a hundred international conferences and fifteen PhD defenses.

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Laboratoire LIFAT


The Lab is located in Tours and Blois and depends on The University of Tours and on the INSA CVL. There are around 50 academic researchers, 30 PhD students and 10  Post-docs and technicians. The scientific concerns of LIFAT are to design and develop models/methods/algorithms to extract information and draw knowledge from data.
The Laboratory is structured into three teams: Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis; Operations Research, Scheduling, and Transportation; Databases and Natural Language Processing.
There are three main areas of application that unite the activities of LIFAT:
• Health and disability, with many partnerships with the Tours CHRU and INSERM teams, on technical aids for the physically disabled, autism, flow optimization, image analysis for diagnosis assistance, visual data mining of medical data, etc.;
• Big Data and High Performance Computing,  with issues around infrastructure for storing and accessing data, GRID / CLOUD computing, extraction, analysis and structuring of data, operation, visualization and HMIs;
• Digital Humanities, with issues related to database structures, 3D scanning, recognition of patterns. Many partnerships are underway with CESR and CITERES laboratory.

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Frasem Seed


For the past 25 years, FRASEM has multiplied and cleaned vegetable seed in the heart of Beauce France. The company know-how covers the full cycle from sowing through harvesting to gradin and associated services.

Together with its nearby network of contracted growers, its specialist team offers expertise to ensure the process runs smoothly, provides the growers with day-to-day advice, reacts to anything unexpected and optimises the quality and regularity of production.
The seeds collected by growers are brought into the 10,000 m² factory where they are dried, cleaned, treated, packed and stored for its customers.

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AUTOMACHINE designs and manufactures customized automated and robotic solutions. AUTOMACHINE designs and produces its own mechanical designs and the best way to make them move. AUTOMACHINE’s customers are industry (EDF, CEA, AIRBUS, etc.), agriculture and the general public (YOTEQ).

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Competitive Clusters

Vegepolys Valley


VEGEPOLYS VALLEY was created in 2019 from the merger of VEGEPOLYS and CÉRÉALES VALLÉE-NUTRAVITA following “Phase IV” of competitiveness clusters initiated by the French government. The cluster covers 4 regions: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bretagne, Centre-Val de Loire and Pays de la Loire and mobilizes 28 employees for more than 500 members across the entire plant value chain, from genetics to uses . This public-private and multi-sector network innovates for, on and through plants.
Faced with environmental, economic and societal challenges, VEGEPOLYS VALLEY’s ambition is to develop more competitive, more qualitative agriculture that respects the environment and health. Thus, the cluster stimulates and supports the co-design of innovations around 7 main axes:
• 3 axes for plant production: Varietal innovation and performance of seeds and plants / Plant health / New technologies and practices for production systems
• 4 axes for the development of the uses of plants: Plants for human and animal food / Nutrition prevention Health, Well-being / Agromaterials and Biotransformation / Urban plants.

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Agreen Tech Valley

Agreen Tech Valley aims to bring to life the different themes of digital and agriculture, and more broadly, plant life.
AgreenTech Valley – Vallée Numérique du Végétal, brings together all users, providers of technologies and services, as well as academic stakeholders, around digital technologies, to design, disseminate and exploit these technologies and provide innovative solutions to the agriculture and agri-food sectors.

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