InnovaXN

A doctoral programme training PhD students on innovative projects

The programme

InnovaXN is a doctoral training programme bringing together the expertise of large-scale research infrastructures with the R&D needs of European industry.

Supported by an H2020 MSCA COFUND Programme, 40 PhD students will study a wide variety of subjects driven by industrial challenges. The programme is also focussed on exploiting the advanced characterisation techniques of the large-scale European facilities in Grenoble: the ESRF and ILL.

The equal opportunity policies of the ESRF and ILL have been in place for many years. These policies focus on
gender balance, cultural diversity and inclusion of disabled staff.

Why InnovaXN ?

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    Train young researchers in advanced synchrotron X-ray and neutron techniques in an international, innovative and multidisciplinary environment

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    To bridge the knowledge gap between Europe’s world-leading research infrastructures and the industrial world

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    To create a community of uniquely-skilled ambassadors to industry by recruiting and training 40 international PhD students

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    To contribute to the development of breakthrough technologies for science, industry and society

Why InnovaXN ?

  • A network icon

    Train young researchers in advanced synchrotron X-ray and neutron techniques in an international, innovative and multidisciplinary environment

  • A community icon

    To create a community of uniquely-skilled ambassadors to industry by recruiting and training 40 international PhD students

  • A chip icon with purple background

    To bridge the knowledge gap between Europe’s world-leading research infrastructures and the industrial world

  • A graph icon

    To contribute to the development of breakthrough technologies for science, industry and society

News & Events

CERN COURIER features InnovaXN

The Institut Laue-Langevin and the ESRF are prioritising engagement with Europe’s technology companies and positioning the neutron and X-ray science laboratories as a natural extension of the R&D and innovation pipeline. Through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions grant agreement within the European Union’s Horizon 2020, the two large-scale facilities funded in 2019 the InnovaXN PhD programme […]

Not on the moon yet, but getting closer to it!

The Exploration Science Summer Internship based at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, is a NASA-funded intensive programme aimed at hosting successful graduate students with backgrounds in geology, planetary science, astronomy and related topics. Jennifer Sutherland, one of our InnovaXN PhD students, who is currently carrying out […]

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InnovaXN Plenary Meeting, 6-7 July 2022

On 6 and 7 July, a two-day Plenary Event brought together, for the first time in-person, the PhD students and the industrial and academic supervisors of InnovaXN, an EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral training programme. The programme has 38 PhD students studying industry-related projects in areas such as materials science, soft-matter science, biology and physics. This […]

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InnovaXN is a Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND programme providing an opportunity for 40 industrial companies to work with 40 PhD students, performing advanced research and exploiting the unique characterisation techniques of the ESRF and ILL.

Project round 1 and 2 _ industrial sectors