Sustainable engineering of georesources

Working with ISIFoR

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About us

ISIFoR federates the academic research dedicated to subsurface energy and environmental issues in the Greater South West of France.

The ISIFoR Carnot institute has around 500 researchers resolutely focused on the companies and committed to taking up the challenge of energy transition. ISIFoR holds a leadership position in the management of fluids (water, gas, oil) in the complex environment of the deep subsurface (pressure, temperature, complex fluids, fluid/solid interfaces).

What is a research laboratory?

Research laboratories are the reference units for developing research activities. They are made up of scientists (researchers, research professors, engineers, technicians, PhD students, etc.) who depend on one or more public research institutions (e.g. Universities, CNRS, INPT, IRD, etc.).

Public research laboratories in France have no legal personality. Legally speaking, they are represented by the public institution(s) they depend on which are their parent institution(s). Only the President(s) of the parent institution(s) are authorized to deploy the resources and engage the responsibilities required for the projects undertaken in the laboratories and schools, that may be on their premises, in cooperation with their respective directors.

What is the Carnot institute quality label?

It is a label of excellence awarded by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research to public laboratories for their efforts and professionalism in partnership research (Carnot Charter).

The Carnot institute association (AiCarnot) disseminates best practices throughout the network. It facilitates meetings between the institutes and businesses in need of R&D support to meet their innovation objectives, particularly during the Rendez-vous Carnot, an annual business convention.

How to contact ISIFoR ?

- By phone: +33 (0) or +33 (0)
- By email :
- Communication & press: 
- By directly getting in touch with the researchers, your privileged points of contact.

To learn about our researchers' know-how and our laboratory equipment

By cooperating with a university laboratory, companies can gain access to specific competencies and unique laboratory equipment. 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.

To build a partnership suited to your projects

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.

By guaranteeing confidentiality

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.

By proposing different kinds of partnerships

There are many ways of cooperating 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.  Different types of contracts can be implemented to reflect these various partnerships:

  • Services (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.
  • CIFRE (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.


How can companies finance R&D?

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. For more information  (