Being Carnot

A Carnot institute is a public research structure certified by the French Ministry of Research after highly-selective calls for applications. The Carnot label was created in 2006 and ISIFoR was certified in 2011.

A network of excellence

Each Carnot institute makes extensive commitments to develop its R&D activities to foster corporate innovation (SME, middle-market companies and large companies) and regular assessments are run to make sure that the 29 Carnot institutes and 9 Carnot potentials (Tremplin Carnot in French) respect the requirements imposed by the Carnot certification. In return, they receive financial support calculated on the volume of their partnership activities, to help them perform the actions they consider essential for meeting these commitments.

The network of Carnot institutes is federated by the Carnot institutes Association (Ai Carnot), responsible for spearheading and promoting network actions.


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Organized by skill areas

Carnot institutes that are strongly involved in the same sector of activity, organize themselves and share their means to ensure that companies can benefit from a clear and comprehensive partnership and knowledge and technology transfer offer. The offer is enhanced by an assessment of the R&D requirements specific to each sector of activity.

These actions are backed by the Future Investments Program “Valorization – Carnot Institutes”.
ISIFoR coordinates the Extra&Co program for the skill area Extractive Industries and First-stage Processing (IEPT).

Making it easier for companies – SME and middle-market companies – to access their technological competencies and resources

Being able to provide a response to requirements both close to the market and much more upstream, to assist companies in their innovation projects