Carnot institutes

The Carnot network

The Carnot network comprises public research structures, certified by the French Ministry in charge of Research, committed to developing research partnerships that promote innovation in businesses of all sizes – from SMEs to large corporations – and among socio-economic stakeholders.

The Carnot institutes’ intellectual property policy

The Carnot institutes network’s purpose is to develop research partnerships with companies and fostering technology transfers. This involves an organised transfer of public research results for an optimal benefit with the best possible socio-economic impact.

Carnot is preparing the future

Carnot Institutes leverage their cutting-edge scientific and technological expertise to understand the R&I challenges of the partner businesses they work with and to deploy a proactive scientific and technological resourcing policy to anticipate tomorrow’s innovations today! 

Carnot : choosing a name ?

Asked to improve steam engines (Reflections on the motive power of heatand on machines fitted to develop that power), Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796-1832) established the second law of thermodynamics, which governs the workings of devices that we all use on a daily basis (heat engines in cars, refrigerators, etc.).

The Carnot Charter

Shared values, serving quality partnership research

Our mission

Carnot’s mission is to prepare the industry and economy of tomorrow by supporting businesses’ innovation and transformation strategy.

Partnership Research

The Carnot institutes network brings together a large number of science and technology professionals, from sectors as varied as healthcare, ICT, mechanics, materials and processes, energy and chemistry.

Carnot and start-ups, SMEs and mid-caps

Of the 10 200 R&D contracts signed every year between Carnot Institutes and businesses, 4 900 are with start-ups, SMEs and mid-caps. This does not include the numerous collaborative R&D projects involving SMEs in which Carnot plays a key role or non-research related services provided by Carnot teams. 

Carnot Institutes: research for business innovation

The Carnot network’s mission is to prepare the industry and economy of tomorrow by supporting businesses’ innovation and transformation strategy. 

The Carnot network's documentation

The Carnot network's presentation (February 2021)

For businesses

The most potent R&D offering for supporting businesses’ innovation

The Carnot label

Founded in 2006, the Carnot Label was designed to develop partnership-based research, meaning research conducted by public laboratories in partnership with socio-economic players, primarily industry (from SMEs to large corporations), to serve their needs.