Located in the heart of Europe, the Grand Est Region is sharing borders with 4 very dynamic countries : Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Third industrial region in France, Grand Est is acting to prepare for the Industry of the future and to become one of the European leaders in the bioeconomy. The major regional territory’s assets are various: automotive industry, chemistry-materials, wood-forest, machinery-equipment, health technologies, renewable energy, agro-food and agro-resources industry. Grand Est also pursues two important challenges: first, to implement the « European valley of artificial intelligence », from Dunkirk to Basel; Second to support all companies and stakeholders in their digitalization process. To strengthen regional attractiveness and competitiveness, one of the main competences of French regions, Grand Est promotes research and innovation activities in the region. The higher education and research sector of Grand Est represents 209 000 students, 11 000 researchers from public and private research centres and 180 laboratories.
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By implementing its smart specialisation strategy, the Grand Est Region wants to offer companies new partnership opportunities contributing to the three major transitions that the territory is experiencing: the industrial, ecological and digital transitions. By orienting its smart specialisation strategy more specifically towards the digital transition, the Grand Est Region aims to support the digital transformation of companies, organisations and relations with citizens, through support for the acquisition of digital skills (AI, Big Data, Cloud, cybersecurity ...). For 2021-2027, S3 of Grand Est will support projects and investments prioritised around the three thematic sectors of excellence of the territory: Industry, Health and Bioeconomy. All initiatives must also meet the following eight sectoral priorities: technologies and equipment for industrial transition, Recycling and functionalisation of materials for industry and for construction, medical biotechnologies, digital tools for health, medical devices, molecules and bio-based materials, tools and systems for sustainable and smart management of natural resources, energy systems and their performance.