The Carnot network comprises public research structures, certified by the French Ministry in charge of Research, committed to developing research partnerships that promote innovation in businesses of all sizes – from SMEs to large corporations – and among socio-economic stakeholders.
Of the 11 000 R&D contracts signed every year between Carnot Institutes and businesses - of which 40% with SMEs. This does not include the numerous collaborative R&D projects involving SMEs in which Carnot plays a key role or non-research related services provided by Carnot teams.
Asked to improve steam engines (Reflections on the motive power of heatand on machines fitted to develop that power), Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796-1832) established the second law of thermodynamics, which governs the workings of devices that we all use on a daily basis (heat engines in cars, refrigerators, etc.).
To forge a genuine operating dynamic, unlock synergies and take full advantage of their shared commitment to partnership-based research and innovation in business, all Carnot Institutes belong to the Association of Carnot Institutes (AiCarnot) through their oversight body. AiCarnot brings together all of the Carnot Institutes and is tasked with coordinating and structuring the network.
The Carnot network’s mission is to prepare the industry and economy of tomorrow by supporting businesses’ innovation and transformation strategy.