Need for IoT

Cross Disciplinary Program 2017.
Anticipate and support sustainable transition in nanoelectronic industries.

NEED for IoT develops research methods and advanced demonstrators for connected objects and their components, integrating an economic analysis that includes the acceptability and sustainability of the proposed new solutions.

With the exponential growth in the number of connected objects, estimated at 20 billion devices by 2020, access to raw materials becomes a major economic and geopolitical stake for the field of nanoelectronics. The ambition of this project is to develop the organizations and technologies that underpin sustainable nanoelectronics by using considerably less or even substituting critical materials in key IoT devices such as sensors, memories, optoelectronic and spintronic devices.


The environmental and social impact of the objects serving an IoT use has never before been studied, neither regarding the design nor the risk of supply chain disruptions. Some of the raw materials used for IoT are becoming rare and therefore expensive. Thus, there are major stakes to study how to replace some of these materials by others that are more accessible, and also to better understand the value chain by comprehensively integrating disruption risks.


A main goal of the NEED for IoT project is to achieve a better understanding of research practices to facilitate the evolution towards sustainable thinking and propose new technologies for IoT accordingly. This requires an interdisciplinary approach which involves: supply chain studies to develop predictive tools in anticipation of strategic evolutions, social sciences to anticipate and adapt to a rapidly evolving context, materials and engineering sciences to propose new technological solutions, etc.

Project's organization...

The project develops methodologies applied to advanced research integrating economic analysis, geopolitics issues, and the acceptability and durability of new technological solutions. It will develop a global approach for the design of products for IoT and their components, the technological processes and the management of the innovation. The project proposes disruptive solutions and methodologies to push the development of an alternative economic sector which values sustainable raw materials.

... and its international visibility

Sustainable technologies are developed in several institutions around the world. France and Europe bring together manufacturers of different sizes and research teams that need to work together to maintain their leadership in the sector. NEED for IoT aims at offering integrable solutions for sustainable electronics and opportunities for its partners, so they develop a leading position to maintain the competitiveness of the European electronics industry against global competitors. 

The project’s goal is to stimulate effective cross-disciplinary efforts by integrating academic and industrial communities that share a common economically realistic vision of what sustainable electronics could be. Grenoble, with its highly advanced research facilities, universities, and leading industries, is well positioned to become the pilot of a European network on these topics, giving a real benefit for national and European industry players in the field of IoT devices.

Updated on February 18, 2020