Carnot brgm

BRGM, the French geological survey

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.

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


Core business

Natural resources

Hight competences

Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent)
including PhD Students
Global budget
40,7 M€
incomes with industry
27,5 M€


BRGM Carnot Institute
3 avenue Claude-Guillemin
BP 36009
45060 Orléans Cedex 2

+33 (0)2 38 64 48 85

Email contact


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

© BRGM - Cyril Bruneau / © Laurent Mignaux - MEDDE

Multi-disciplinary research and development

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.

  ©BRGM - Thomas Dewez /  ©BRGM / ©BRGM - Philippe Bataillard

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.

© BRGM / © BRGM - Julien Rey

Three markets:

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

Examples of technological platforms

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