Green light for the first INNOVAXN projects

The InnovaXN Scientific Review Board has selected 20 projects out of 60 received from European industry and their partners.

These projects will become PhD thesis topics in the InnovaXN doctoral programme. The approved projects cover a wide range of research fields such as chemistry, catalysis, aerospace, automotive and consumer products. They focus on industrial research, with coordinators from both industry and academia for each project.

“This set of challenging and exciting research projects with industry will show the value of the ESRF and ILL’s state-of-the-art technology for competitive research”, explains Jean Susini, Director of Research at the ESRF and InnovaXN Coordinator.

The projects will be advertised for prospective students in early 2020.

InnovaXN round1 project areas.

Distribution of the selected projects amongst industrial sectors.


The InnovaXN programme, supported by H2020 MSCA COFUND, will allow a total of 40 PhD students to study a wide variety of subjects driven by industrial challenges, focused on exploiting the advanced characterisation techniques of the large-scale European facilities in Grenoble, the ESRF and ILL, over a five-year period.

The programme is co-directed by Dr Jean Susini (Director of Research, ESRF) and Prof Mark Johnson (Science Director, ILL).

For more information, contact the Business and Industry teams:

ESRF: Dr Edward Mitchell + 33 476 882 664

ILL: Dr Caroline Boudou + 33 476 207 209