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

The State-BRGM performance contract for 2018-2022

The State-BRGM performance contract is the document that will guide the French geological survey's activities for the 2018-2022 period.

The BRGM is a public industrial and commercial institution working under the supervision of the Ministries responsible for research, the environment and mining.

The performance contract reflects a vision common to the French State and the BRGM on implementation of our strategic policies.

It is organised around 6 key goals and sets out 20 targets together with indicators and milestones.

6 key goals for 2018-2022

The State-BRGM performance contract sets out 6 key goals:

Goal 1: Promote a research policy that supports the production and development of knowledge and expertise

Research is a major component in the BRGM's key roles, which it undertakes to international standards of excellence. The quality of research and scientific output is a determining factor for the quality of the BRGM's other activities, which range from expert studies for public and private organisations to transfers of innovations and management of its industrial and service subsidiaries.

The distinctive nature of our key roles  requires a scientific policy and programme that must combine a well-defined research strategy in our areas of specialisation (geosciences and georesources) with skills resourcing and stimulation for scientific output and the transfer of research results, which therefore promotes interdisciplinarity.  High research performance also demands infrastructure to the highest international standards, the whole being underpinned by a strong partnership policy consistent with the BRGM's scientific priorities.

Goal 2: Deploy the BRGM’s expertise to support the development of public policies

Each year, the guidelines issued by the national public services steering committee (CNOSP), which are now strategic in nature, provide the framework for the BRGM's activities to support public policy development over the next 3 years. 

These guidelines now cover a wide range of fields, reflecting a high degree of adaptability to the changing needs of the public authorities.

Goal 3: Support a proactive policy for innovation, development and transfer

Innovation, development and transfers of research results make up one of the three pillars of the BRGM's activities, complementing the development of its scientific and technical research and expertise.

The BRGM's current position is still essentially focused on research and support to public policy development, with a high degree of interaction between these  two pillars.  The third pillar will therefore be the focus of particular efforts, with a view to strengthening the economic impact of our R&D and expert activities through improved distribution of results and more efficient transfer to socio-economic sectors (including the BRGM's own subsidiaries).

The overall aim is therefore to apply a shared development and innovation strategy across the BRGM at every level, the ambition being to expand the dissemination of scientific and technical results in France and internationally.

Goal 4: Strengthen the BRGM’s European and international strategy

The BRGM's European and international strategy is developed within a multilateral framework.

Because today's environmental challenges, from sustainable resource management to the energy transition and climate change impacts, all have dimensions that are at once local, regional and global, they demand collective responses to which science, technology and innovation will have major contributions to make.

Goal 5: Develop a sites and training policy in line with our scientific strategy

The landscape of higher education and research has been profoundly changed over the last decade by successive reforms and programmes under the Investing for the Future scheme designed to foster sites of excellence of a critical size that ensure a high level of international visibility.

Research clusters geared to intenational activities and specialising in themes of direct relevance to the BRGM are now in place, and it is important that we both support these local dynamics and learn from them in developing our expertise, by seeking synergies within the framework set out by the strategy for the regions (STRATER) set out by the Ministry for research.

Synergies will also be sought with the PhD schools at these sites and with the BRGM's PhD programme and policy for research supervision.

Goal 6: Boost governance and management dynamics

The BRGM's overall strategy for the next five years will be implemented in a context of broadened opportunity (renewal of our scientific strategy, strengthened partnerships with centres of excellence, digital platforms and infrastructure, etc.) but also of budget constraints.

The BRGM needs to be in a position to scale up its expert and research capacities to address new challenges, better anticipate and prioritise our activities and improve performance. We will support this approach by closer targeting of project management to results and to meeting the needs of our supervisory ministries and partners (scientific community, businesses) and to demand from citizens seeking more reliable and transpârent public information.


Read the State-BRGM performance contract for 2018-2022

A 10-year strategy setting out our scientific vision for the future

The BRGM's scientific vision for the future is set out in a 10-year strategy developed for a framework that encompasses the national research strategy, the Paris Climate Agreement, the Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction and the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030.

This scientific strategy has been developed to address 6 major social and economic challenges for the geosciences:  

  • Geology and knowledge of the subsurface
  • Groundwater management
  • Risks and spatial planning
  • Mineral resources and the circular economy
  • Subsurface potential for the energy transition
  • Digital data, services and infrastructure
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