Taking samples and measurements for palaeomagnetic dating (New Caledonia). © BRGM

State-BRGM contrat 2013-2017

10.10.2014
The new State-BRGM performance contract for 2013-2017 sets out a precise, closely targeted roadmap that clearly defines the BRGM's key roles.

The State-BRGM performance contract for 2013-2017 commits the French geological survey to addressing nine future challenges for the geosciences. It sets out 5 key goals organised into 35 lines of action, with 30 performance indicators and milestones.

The principle of the new State-BRGM performance contract for 2013-2017 rests on the BRGM's capacity for responding to challenges relating to the geosciences and on the high quality of our scientific production and input to public policy-making and for the socio-economic players involved through the implementation of strategic partnerships.

Four key words: excellence, interactiveness, transfers (of research results and geoscientific and geo-environmental knowledge) and expertise in the assessments we provide to public policymakers at the regional, national and international levels.

The contract has two annexes relating to:

  • the BRGM's role in supporting public policy development;
  • the BRGM's scientific strategy defined for the duration of the contract.

9 future challenges for the geosciences

The State-BRGM performance contract addresses nine future challenges for the geosciences:

  • Tensions over natural resources: energy, minerals and groundwater.
  • Climate change mitigation policies.
  • Exposure to risks arising from global changes and the development of policies and strategies to adapt to climate change.
  • Growing demand for independent scientific expert assessments in response to mounting expectations from the dialogue between science and society.
  • Strengthened innovation and industrial competitiveness to promote sustainable resource use.
  • New geoscience contributions to the development of "green" sectors (new professions emerging from public policies and technological advances).
  • The changing landscape of higher education and research.
  • The changing roles of the State and the Regions in relation to BRGM topic areas.
  • European Union dynamics in the fields of innovation, sustainable development and risk management.

5 key goals for 2013-2017

Five key goals are set out to guide the BRGM's key roles (see box below for details):

  1. Excellence in scientific output and partnerships addressing the challenges of sustainability and global change.
  2. Mobilisation and dissemination of scientific knowledge, expert studies to support public policy development
  3. A proactive policy for innovation, development and transfers to economic sectors.
  4. International activities to increase know-how in diverse environments.
  5. Adapting competences and practices to support scientific output geared to sustainable development.

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Find out more about the BRGM's scientific strategy for 2013-2017

The 5 key goals of the State-BRGM performance contract for 2013-2017

Key goal 1: Excellence in scientific output and partnerships addressing the challenges of sustainability and global change.

The BRGM's scientific and technical work will revolve around some twelve lines of action, including implementation of the French Geological Reference Platform (in response to sustainable development expectations in regions and local areas) and mobilising all BRGM scientific competences in the regions. Other lines of action include active participation in the new European H2020 projects and strengthening strategic partnerships with higher education and research establishments. 

Key goal 2: Mobilisation and dissemination of scientific knowledge, expert studies to support public policy development

The nine lines of action include, in particular, contributions to the development of responsible mining and strengthening the BRGM's role as a reference player in capitalising, managing and disseminating geoscientific and environmental data and associated services. Other lines of action are participation in sustainable water resource management and support to public policy development for analyses and integrated management of natural and anthropic risks.

Key goal 3: A proactive policy for innovation, development and transfers to economic sectors.

Notable results will include strengthened innovation activities with SMEs (through competitiveness clusters, the Carnot Institute and alliances), contributions to sectoral dynamics and the creation of digital services.

Key goal 4: International activities to increase know-how in diverse environments.

This goal involves five lines of action, which include contributing to the security of mineral raw materials supplies in France and Europe. The aim here is to participate in the technological platform dedicated to sustainable mineral resources, but also to contribute to the Millennium Development Goals for water, the environment, geothermal energy and natural risks in particular.

Key goal 5: Adapting competences and practices to support scientific output geared to sustainable development.

This final goal also comprises 5 lines of action, including parity at work, continuation of an attractive human resources policy geared to diversity and professional equality and continuing implementation of modernisation, management and sustainability projects.

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