The University of Bordeaux is among the largest educational communities in France, with about 50,000 students housed both in the downtown campus and in a larger suburban campus on the periphery of the city. It enjoys strong ties with major French research institutions (CNRS, INSERM, INRA and others) as well as other educational institutions such as the Institute for Political Studies (Sciences Po). Most recently, it has been elected among the beneficiaries of IdEx (Initiatives d’Excellence), a selective funding programme of the French government to boost the international standing of French academic research and education.
GREThA (Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée; go to: English web site) is the largest research unit in economics of the University of Bordeaux, and it hosts both university faculty and CNRS researchers. Its activities are organized along three axis, one of which includes the Economics of Innovation along with Industrial Economics, Regional Economics, and the Economics of Science.
GREThA also hosts VIA-Inno, a technology intelligence unit that provides patent data analysis services to business companies and policy-makers (Web site). VIA-Inno’s partners include local technical consortia (such as InnoVin, Aquitaine Robotics, and Route des Lasers) and business firms (prominent among which is PSA Peugeot Citroën).
Two chairs hosted by GREThA mark the importance of research on innovation: the Chair of Economics of Innovation, funded by the Regional Council of Aquitaine; and the Chair of Technological Intelligence, which works in close cooperation with ViaInno.