In the BRGM's laboratories in Orléans: a scanning electron microscope coupled with a Raman spectrometer (Orléans, 2012). © BRGM - Didier Depoorter

BRGM-Carnot Institute: research for business development

10.03.2016
The BRGM Carnot Institute implements research partnerships with industrial sectors and businesses of every size. The aim is to deliver innovative management solutions for a range of topic areas, including soils and subsoils, raw materials, water resources and prevention of natural and environmental risks.

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Geosciences and innovation: the BRGM Carnot Institute as a preferred partner for businesses

Since 2006, the BRGM Carnot Institute has been implementing research partnerships with industrial sectors and companies of every size.

The economic sectors concerned include construction, energy, water, mining industries, environment and ecotechnologies.

 the MEB-RAMAN platform serving the BRGM laboratories in Orleans. © BRGM - Didier Depoorter

Example of a technological platform: the MEB-RAMAN platform serving the BRGM laboratories in Orleans. © BRGM - Didier Depoorter

Multi-disciplinary research and development

BRGM areas of competence for subsoils

  • Addressing challenges to supplies of subsoil resources: minerals, water, geothermal energy.
  • Developing new (eco)technologies and tools for subsoil uses and their management: materials and energy storage, development and security of utility and communication networks.
  • Proposing efficient tools for operational assessments and monitoring of the environment: risk prevention and environmental precaution, integrated data products.

Three markets

  • Energy & Mineral Resources
  • Water & Environment
  • Infrastructure and Planning 

 the Prefecture of the Aquila region (consolidation work in progress) (Aquila, 2009). © BRGM - Julien Rey

An example of damage sustained during the Aquila earthquake on 6 April 2009 in the Abruzzo region in Italy: the Prefecture of the Aquila region (consolidation work in progress) (Aquila, 2009). © BRGM - Julien Rey

Research partnerships with businesses: simplicity and flexibility

A company looking to engage in a research partnership, whether in collaboration or under contract, contacts the BRGM Scientific and Technical Centre in Orléans or one of its regional divisions.

A contract or agreement then sets out the rules governing costs, confidentiality and industrial property. Companies in France may be eligible for tax relief.

Once the contract is signed, the company has access to all the human resources and materials required for the project (databases, ICTs, laboratories, pilot facility, etc.) without needing to recruit staff or make large investments.

Water sampling for chemical and isotope analysis. © BRGM

Water sampling for chemical and isotope analysis. © BRGM

Two kinds of research partnerships with businesses

The BRGM offers research partnerships of two types:

  • Research under partnership contracts: the company and the BRGM work together to find solutions to a given problem. The BRGM then develops a tailor-made research programme. On completion of the research, the BRGM and the company share the IP rights in the solutions developed.
  • Collaborative research partnerships: several public and private partners work jointly on large-scale projects, under European programmes or calls for projects from the ANR (French national research agency) or under the “Investing for the Future” programme.

Sampling in the experimental columns for modelling the behavior of PCB (Orleans, 2011). © BRGM - Philippe Bataillard

Sampling in the experimental columns for modelling the behavior of PCB (Orleans, 2011). © BRGM - Philippe Bataillard

Examples of BRGM technological platforms

  • Cutting-edge analytical equipment (LC-TOF, SEM-RAMAN, etc.),
  • geophysical measurement platform,
  • test platform on expansive clays,
  • geothermal platform (geothermal heat exchangers).

 a sterile room used to monitor chloredecone degradation in soil samples (Orléans, 2012). © Laurent Mignaux - MEDDE

The BRGM's experimental pilot facility: a sterile room used to monitor chloredecone degradation in soil samples (Orléans, 2012). © Laurent Mignaux - MEDDE

The BRGM’s experimental platform on geothermal energy in Orléans. © BRGM

The BRGM’s experimental platform on geothermal energy in Orléans. © BRGM

CONTACT

Marie-Christine Dictor
+33 (0)2 38 64 36 31
institutcarnot@brgm.fr

Institut Carnot BRGM
3, avenue Claude Guillemin
BP 36009
45 060 Orléans Cedex 2
France

TO FIND OUT MORE 

Examples of public-private partnerships

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The “Carnot Institute” label

The “Carnot Institute” label is delivered by the Ministry for Research and is designed to meet needs for innovation in business and to build closer links between public research and economic players.

This is in line with the European and French policy of promoting public-private partnerships for economic development.

The Carnot scheme awards financial support to the Carnot Institutes to help them sustain their scientific and technological areas of excellence, develop partnerships and establish these on a permanent professional footing.

Find out more about the Carnot Institutes network

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