Our know-how

As a Carnot institute, ISIFoR develops research work in partnership with socio-economic actors, mainly companies (both SME and large corporations) to meet their needs.

Why choose ISIFoR?

Partnerships with university laboratories give companies access to specific competences and unique laboratory resources. The research conducted by our laboratories combines scientific quality and innovation for the benefit of society and the business world.

By striking up partnerships with public laboratories, you can bring down your R&D costs, initiate a development strategy and be at the cutting-edge of foresight and future disruptive technologies.

Thanks to the development structures of its parent institutions, the institute benefits from solid experience in implementing different types of partnerships and therefore proposes the necessary legal and technical competencies. Competent and responsive teams constantly ensure that negotiations and rapid and fair.

ISIFoR agrees to process your request with the utmost confidentiality. A confidentiality agreement can be signed before any detailed exchanges take place on the technical or commercial aspects of your project. A fair confidentiality agreement helps each party protect its assets and know-how.

ISIFoR is also certified ISO 9001:2015 for the management of research projects since December 2014.

There are many ways of working with a research laboratory.

It may involve having access to a particular laboratory technology or know-how, of a feasibility study to optimize or validate an innovation developed by a company, or a more lasting R&D relationship.


(less than a year) in which ISIFoR uses its competencies and know-how to meet a specific need of the company in terms of expertise or advice. One or more research teams agree to produce deliverables (or results) in compliance with a scope of work defined beforehand (e.g. analyses, measurements, advice, expertise, etc.). This type of partnership is covered by a service agreement signed between the company and the institution. The deliverables (or results) are the exclusive property of the company.

Research partnerships

(1 to 3 years) correspond to a research project between one or more partners and one or more research teams. The research teams agree to use all the available resources to reach the results stipulated in a jointly defined scientific program (e.g. R&D or innovation project, development of new products: prototype, process, software, etc.). This type of partnership is covered by a research contract signed between the company(ies) and the institution(s). Results are the joint property of the partners and are proportional to their financial and intellectual contributions. Companies can benefit from the CIR or the CICo because the institutions have these approvals.


(industrial contract for training through research) partnerships: they serve to finance the dissertation projects that place PhD students at the heart of a research partnership between a company and a research team. Work lasts three years and ends with a dissertation defense. The salary is partly financed by the ANRT.

Access to scientific equipment

cutting-edge equipment can be made available to companies for specific purposes.

There are many ways to find support for a company’s efforts to innovate and obtain financial backing for its R&D projects in partnership with public research, and in particular with the Carnot Institutes.

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