Creating long-lasting sustainable relations with companies
Companies regularly identify technological obstacles involving scientific questions which interest INSIS researchers who can suggest ways of improving situations or resolving problems to companies through their work.
To encourage long-term research, the INSIS has forged lasting links with major groups: PSA, Total, Safran, Airbus, Orange, Essilor, Alstom, Michelin, Thales, EDF, etc. Equally numerous collaborations have been established with small and medium-sized businesses and start-up companies. Contracts and ad hoc structures have been set up to encourage long-term work based on jointly defined objectives.
Joint laboratory contracts differ from basic research collaboration contracts in terms of their annual programming activity and governance and are particularly used within INSIS units. The aim of a joint laboratory is to bring structuring projects based on important scientific and industrial issues to fruition. Large corporations and companies can easily make use of this system as is also the case for small and medium-sized companies who mainly use the French National Research Agency's (ANR) LabCom system to do so.
The progress of this bilateral research is largely ensured by the work of young researchers who share their research time between laboratories and companies and receive funding from their theses thanks to the National Association of Research and Technology's (ANRT) Industrial Agreements for Training through Research (Cifre).