The French national statistics agency, INSEE, recently published a study spotlighting the vitality of R&D in the Rhône-Alpes region thanks to the actions led by the Lyon metropolis and Grenoble.

Rhône-Alpes counts 13 competitiveness clusters, two of which have world-ranking (Lyonbiopôle and Axelera), alongside 8 universities and academies.


The study shows that the region boasts a large number of qualified jobs and that the design-research functions lead the way. For example, such functions account for 8% of employment in Grenoble, compared with a national average of 2.7%. Jobs and training are essential. In the Rhône-Alpes region, 46% of people aged 30 to 34 have higher education degrees (an increase of 11% between 2002 and 2012), which puts the region in third place among the 27 regions studied, well ahead of regions in Germany, Austria and Italy.

The number of patents filed by companies and labs also contributes to this ranking. With 56 patents per million working people, compared with 37 for France as a whole and 22 in the other regions, Rhône-Alpes is the clear leader in this category.
As for R&D spending, 2.9% of the region’s GDP goes to this budget, while the European average stands at 2.1%.