The Carnot Label

The Carnot Institutes

The Carnot Institutes are research organisations that place partnerial research, i.e. research for both companies and local government, at the heart of their strategy.

The Carnot Institutes are therefore known for:

-Their very high scientific standards
-Their professionalism and committment to developing high quality collaborative research programmes.

These institutions take a pro-active approach with regards to driving innovation in companies, particularly SMEs, by proposing R&D solutions tailored to the economic and market needs of the private sector.

The Carnot Label

Encompassing more than 13,000 research specialists, 7,000 PhD students and an overall budget of €1,3B, the network of Carnot Institutes is one of France’s main players in partnerial research. With 33 Carnot Institutes, managed by the governing body AiCarnot, the organisation represents 12% of public research personnel and over 45% of public research financed by private French enterprise.



The Association of Carnot Institutes (AiCarnot)

The Association of Carnot Institutes was created to unite and organise the network of Carnot Institutes. It coordinates and structures the way in which the network is run. In order to fulfil its objectives, AiCarnot works within 5 main areas:

  • Support in developing partnerial research (exhibitions, speed dating events) to promote potential partnerships with small businesses and professional organisations, and to demonstrate the network’s skills.
  • Structuring and coordinatiing the activity of the Carnot Institutes within the network: setup of thematic alliances between the various Carnot Institutes.
  • Promotion of the  Carnot Institutes for private sector organisations: setup of successful research practices and research collaborations.
  • Development of the network’s visibility via profressional communication strategies
  • Developing the network’s international activity: networking and developing special relationships with European research organisations, promotion of the  Carnot Institutes via international exhibitions.


The 13,000 researchers included in this network all have the same objective – to develop research collaborations with private enterprise. The Carnot network is a Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) and works with its European and worldwide counterparts (FhG, TNO, VTT, etc.) to ensure:

  • Easy access to the network’s skills, whatever the project’s starting point,
  • Committment to to quality and understanding the client’s needs,
  • A professional approach to collaborative research..

The Carnot label is awarded to public research organisations for a period of four years after which it can be renewed. The Carnot Institutes carry out their own research projects to constantly move forward the boundaries of science as well as look to forge research partnerships with Industry, in order to develop innovations that have significant socio-ecomomic value.


The Carnot Institute for Software and Intelligent Systems

The creation of the Carnot Institute for Software and Intelligent Systems (LSI) in 2007 occured in response to a major economic and societal need, in itself a result of “the digital age”. The changes that are taking place in our daily lives revolve around making progress in security, interoperability, user acceptability, etc.

In response to these challenges, the Carnot Institute for Software and Intelligent Systems (LSI) can draw upon the skills of almost 500 researchers and engineers who are experts in the field of software production and more particularly emerging applications including:  healthcare, smart home technologies, embedded systems, and transport.

28 research teams from the Université Joseph Fourier – Grenoble 1, the Grenoble National Polytechnic Institute, the CNRS 1and the INRIA2 have come together within LSI to develop new technology and to offer their wide ranging skills to Industry. Floralis, the subsidiary of the Université Joseph Fourier, is responsible for the management of industrial partnerships and the management processes related to technology transfer within the  LSI.

With the aim of anticipating the needs of the future, LSI leads numerous collaborative research projects with companies and small businesses as well as large international groups.
It also establishes partnerships with public research organisations and other Carnot Institutes, a multidisciplinary approach that enables the LSI to strengthen projects with the input of its many scientific experts.

LSI was one of the 33 Institutes to be given the Carnot label in 2007, and the organisation participates in more than one hundred European projects and clusters, coordinating the renowned ARTIST network, and contributing to the renowned European technological platform ARTEMIS.

Since its creation, LSI has financed around ten initiatives with the aim of developing technology demonstrating high potential. This funding is shared out according to LSI’s key strategic areas, i.e. intelligent buildings, health, transport, and more recently system design.

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Research carried out by the TIMA and TIMC laboratories, and the Pitié Salpétrière Hospital in Paris, has led to a solution to incontinence problems involving the use of a new artificial urinary sphincter.

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LSI partners with the ESA to develop a manual on the toughening of integrated circuits against radiation

The ESA has entrusted the ARIS team from the TIMA laboratory and Floralis with the creation of a manual on techniques for toughening integrated circuits against space radiation.

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