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Institut Carnot Inria

Serving business innovation

Inria has been certified “Institut Carnot” (Carnot Institute) since 2011. This strong and consistent commitment demonstrates the institute's will to establish relations with the industrial world that are rich, professional and followed-up. Inria is not only an internationally recognised research centre in the field of information technology and applied mathematics; it wants to go to the end of the road to innovation by taking the researchers' work to the industrial fabric in the most efficient possible way.

In order to do this, a dedicated team is tasked with organising daily dialogue with businesses of all sizes in order to better understand their needs and propose solutions based on the research results of our teams.

Our team

"Partnership officers "from each of the eight Inria centres in France ensure a local contact with the businesses in their local ecosystems. This channel quite naturally focuses on direct contacts with the SMEs or intermediate-sized enterprises (ETIs).

 "Business engineers " work with the partnership officers on a national level to share and redirect industry requests towards the relevant research teams. They also coordinate the institute's cooperations with large national or international companies.

Our solutions

  • Inria manages intellectual assets of several hundreds of software programs and patents that make up a catalogue of technologies that are available almost immediately for direct use or integration within a production chain.

    InriaHub and InriaTECH are two internal initiatives put in place within the institute in order to assist with technology transfer. They carry out part of the engineering work necessary for the adaptation of scientific products to the operational needs of the customer companies.

Working with our institute as part of the Institut Carnot Inria is very simple.

Initial contact takes place via the “partnership officers” or “business engineers” who reach out to the companies. A business can also enter into en contact with Inria in order to start a partnership-based dialogue.

  • A unique contact person is identified within the institute. They will ensure the management and coordination of the exchanges, from the initial contact onwards. Their role will be to build a dialogue with the company and the research teams that will enable each side to set out their requirements, issues and propose solutions.
  • As soon as a road to cooperation is defined, a contract agreement sets the commitments of the parties, the financial contribution of the company and the elements regarding access to - and sharing of - intellectual property that already exists or that is built jointly.

As Inria is a public research institution, the research partnership contracts signed with a company are, in most cases, eligible for the French research tax credit (CIR) for an amount twice that of the price paid. In this case, the work provided by Inria will, in real terms, cost the company 40% of the amount invoiced by the institute.

Inria cannot provide solutions to every problem! The strength of the network of 29 Instituts Carnot means that it can overcome this hurdle by organising collaborative work with another Institut Carnot or simply by transferring the industry contact to one of the other establishments that will be better placed to provide a relevant solution to the problem posed.

The work carried out by the Institut Carnot Inria respects the charter shared by all of these research centres and allows the same professionalism with regard to exchanges, partnerships and contractual relations to be provided to industry.

What is an Institut Carnot?

An Institut Carnot is a research structure that is identifiable and visible on a national and international level.

  • It clearly defines its research strategy as much through the technological challenges it tackles as through its competitive positioning with regard to the markets and through its partnership policy;
  • It has its own governance and a strong internal organisation in order to define the strategic orientations, contract agreement rules, human resources policy and the management of the financial support of the Carnot programme;
  • Its activity meets the criteria with regard to professionalism and quality according to the highest international standards;
  • It carries out proper internal research activity in order to guarantee its scientific and technological rejuvenation;
  • It has a strong commitment to research partnerships for the benefit of the socio-economic world;
  • And preserves its interests and those of its partners, in particular with regard to intellectual property.

The Carnot label, created in 2006, is a label of excellence awarded by the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research to research establishments in France for a renewable period of five years, following calls for applications. The scheme, which has proven its effectiveness, has been in its third phase since 2016, with the launch of “Carnot 3”.

  • Its aim is to foster research partnerships, i.e. the management of research work carried out by public laboratories in partnership with companies, in order to accelerate the transition from research to innovation and to increase technology transfer towards economic players.
  • The certified establishments, called Instituts Carnot, receive funding aimed at helping them to be better structured in order to fulfil their missions.
  • The French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research steers the Carnot scheme, defines its main orientations and awards the label at the suggestion of the Comité Carnot (Carnot Committee). It has entrusted the management of the scheme to the French National Research Agency (ANR), which organises its procedures and funding.