Carnot network

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.

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. 

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! 

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.

Our mission

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

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. 

The Carnot network's documentation

The Carnot network's presentation (February 2021)

Association des instituts Carnot

To forge a genuine operating dynamic, unlock synergies and take full advantage of their shared commitment to partnership-based research and innovation in business, all Carnot Institutes belong to the Association of Carnot Institutes (AiCarnot) through their oversight body. AiCarnot brings together all of the Carnot Institutes and is tasked with coordinating and structuring the network.

For businesses

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