- > History
2011: the origins of the project
A range of indicators demonstrated the relevance of setting up such a community in the Jura Arc:
> The CTJ study on economic co-development in 2010 (one of the foundations of the Minnovarc project)
> A Swiss analysis on the importance of connecting the worlds of education, research and innovation and the opportunity of running cross-border initiatives
> Expression of convergent interests in this type of project by various stakeholders, including the Higher Education and Research Attaché of the French Embassy in Switzerland
> Intermediate assessment of the France-Switzerland Interreg IV programme highlighted the above-average quality of the research and transfer projects initiated between Swiss and French partners within the area of cooperation, and particularly in the Jura Arc. These projects did, however, present clear weaknesses in terms of their sustainability.
2012: first conference and declarations of intentA working group coordinated by the CTG was set up and a Franco-Swiss conference organised. This was held on 8 March 2012 at ENSMM in Besançon and attended by more than 200 actively involved and enthusiastic participants. A catalogue of Franco-Swiss cooperation projects was produced by the CTJ for the occasion.
A declaration of intent was signed by 17 French and Swiss organisations. Following the conference, the CdS objective was to prepare an application for an Interreg project. To this end, a meeting was organised with the communication officers of the signatory establishments to consolidate and develop links between CdS partners.
2013: mobilising human resources and analysing the expectations of potential partners
> First half of 2013:> arcjurassien.ch conducted a survey of Swiss signatories to identify their expectations.
> The University of Franche-Comté (UFC), designated as leader of the Interreg project on the French side, recruited a project manager with the support of the Franche-Comté Regional Council.
> Second half of 2013:> arcjurassien.ch, leading the Interreg project on the Swiss side, allocated one of its employees to this task because of their experience gained through the Minnovarc Interreg project and their future role in the InnovARC project.
> In order to capitalise on the discussions held to date, 37 action plans were inventoried from the leads identified through:
- the 2012 conference and its workshops
- ideas discussed by the CdS working group
- bilateral discussions held with signatories of the declaration of intent
- benchmarking performed on other cross-border structures (Upper Rhine, Franco-German University, etc.).
2014: application for an Interreg IV project and organisation of the second conference
> First half of 2014:> CdS stakeholders were consulted to prioritise and qualify these leads. Around 20 people from 12 Franco-Swiss organisations signing the declaration of intent gave their feedback via an assessment rating grid. Bilateral meetings were also organised to further develop these ideas.
> From this foundation, a project was devised and budgeted for in the framework of an Interreg IV financial package. The project leaders filed an application for funding in May to the Interreg authorities. The cantons of Bern, Jura, Neuchâtel and Vaud as well as the Franche-Comté Region and French Embassy in Switzerland were also named as financial partners in the project. In addition, academic partners agreed to promote and develop services under the project.
> Second half of 2014:
> Organisation of a pilot first webcast at UniNE
> The CdS Interreg IV project was approved by the Interreg programme authorities on 9 October.
> 12 December: organisation of the second CdS conference at HE-Arc in Neuchâtel attended by 150 French and Swiss participants.
2015: the CdS continues to develop and introduces measures to extend the project to 2018
> First half of 2015:
> Identification of new Franco-Swiss initiatives with a view to applying for an Interreg V project
> (2015-2018) via 8 themed workshops attended by CdS members including lecturers, researchers, administrative employees and innovation leaders.
> Organisation of several webcasts in collaboration with CdS event organisers
> Analysis of prolific results from the workshops (40 action plans) and selection of some 20 actions to be included in the Interreg V application (2015-2018).
> On the basis of a new graphic charter, design and creation of CdS communication materials
> Second half of 2015:
> Administrative closure of the Interreg IV project (2013-2015)
> Advanced progress on actions for the Interreg V project (2015-2018), including construction of a budget and funding plan for this new period
> Production of CdS communication materials started
> 2 October 2015: Interreg V application filed with the Interreg programme authorities
> First half of 2016:
The CdS Interreg V project was approved by the Interreg programme authorities on 9 February.