2016–2020: FMNT expands
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Published : 1 April 2016
The FMNT (Federation for Micro and Nanotechnologies) saw its mandate renewed for an additional five years on January 1, 2016. The organization took advantage of the occasion to bring in three new labs, bringing its total headcount to nearly 500—a 30% increase. The FMNT is now one of France’s largest research organizations in the fields of microelectronics and nanotechnology. Until end-2015, the FMNT encompassed four labs: LTM, LMGP, IMEP-LaHC, and part of G2ELab’s activities. The new, expanded FMNT is now home to Spintec, two research teams from TIMA, and an additional team from LCIS in Valence.
Five strategic research areas and seven labs
The expanded FMNT is headed by Mireille Mouis (IMEP-LaHC) and will focus on five strategic research areas—microelectronics, telecommunications components and systems, integrated measurement systems, materials and components for energy, and components and systems for healthcare—that show just how much the FMNT’s scope has broadened over the past several years. The organization’s seven labs will work to better leverage synergies, ramp up transversal research topics, and submit joint proposals for EU projects. FMNT had already begun pursuing these goals in certain research areas during its last five-year mandate and will now use this approach on a much larger scale. A new platform, Opera, will be set up as a single point of contact for outside researchers seeking to use the functional characterization equipment. Finally, FMNT will overhaul its website in order to raise its online profile.