Last update on 29th November 2012
The IRSN has developed two methods of cooperation in France depending on the type of partner - sector-based industries or academic bodies.
With industrial partners
With its industrial partners, the research primarily takes the form of multi-party programmes, the aims of which are of high economic and strategic importance for the nuclear industry. These programmes all have either a nuclear safety or radiation protection theme. The benefits of this approach are that it leads to well-informed dialogue into safety requirements, on the one hand, and the essential need for efficiency and technological progress on the other.
The IRSN has signed agreements or research partnerships, in particular with Areva, EDF, Suez, Lafarge, Total, Thermodata.
With academic and research partners
With the academic sector the IRSN has forged several long-term partnerships illustrating the synergies between it and its scientific collaborators. The nature of these partnerships varies: much shared work is being conducted with laboratories; 20-30 new PhD students join the Institute every year; 2000 hours of teaching are given by IRSN employees to partner companies.
- Collaboration agreements with academic partners and research institutes:
Framework agreements with the CNRS (and many specific agreements with laboratories and institutes such as In2P3, INSU, PROMES, SIMAP, CINAM, ICARE, etc., via via shared laboratories or research federations), IFREMER, INERIS, Société de calcul mathématique (SCM), InVS, CEA, INCA, INRS, INSA de Rouen Coria, Météo France, ARMINES, ANDR.
Agreements, in particular with BRGM, IFSTTAR, CSTB, Institut Curie, Service de santé des Armées, CNES, Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais (LNE), Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), IRSTEA, ONERA, INRA, CEREGE…
- Collaboration agreements with higher education and research establishments:
Framework agreements: Ecole nationale supérieure des mines de Saint-Etienne (ENSM), Nîmes University, Caen University, Rouen University, Aix-Marseille University, Paris-sud XI University, Paris-Est Créteil University, Joseph Fourier de Grenoble (UJF) University, Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) University, Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) University, Ecole nationale supérieure des mines de Nantes.
Agreements, in particular with ENS Cachan, LPC Caen, CNAM, Irphe, Geosciences Azur, Ecole centrale de Lille, Ecole centrale de Paris, ENSI de Bourges, Bordeaux I University, Nantes University, Perpignan University, Paul Sabatier de Toulouse University (UPS, via l’IFT et l’INPT), Clermont-Ferrand University, Franche-Comté University.
The most structured form of collaboration is the shared laboratory. Three have been set up with the CNRS and some universities.
In addition, the IRSN has been involved in the creation of the research and teaching chair dedicated to the organisational and human aspects of sub-contracting and co-contracting relationships (RESOH) at the École des Mines de Nantes.
The IRSN plays an active role in research groups and cross-disciplinary structures, such as:
- "Nuclear, Energy, Environment, waste Disposal and Society" (NEEDS) in 2012, a programme steered by the CNRS in support of cross-disciplinary topics, in response to a social need and to promote the development of new disciplinary fields, and previously in the national research groups TRASSE and MOMAS.
- The Institut de recherche en sciences et techniques de la ville (IRSTV) in 2012.
- The research federation ECCOREV. ECCOREV is a federative structure build around the theme "Continental Ecosystems and Environmental Risk". Founded in January 2008, the Federation benefits from the scientific and technological synergies of 29 research laboratories in the Provence, Alps and Cote d'Azur region.
- The research federation ICORE (Interactions of Cells, ORganisms, and the Environment).
- The scientific interest groups RAP (Réseau Accélérométrique Permanent) and GOPS (Grand Observatoire de l’environnement et de la biodiversité du pacifique Sud).
In addition, the IRSN participates in national alliances in fields related to its research activities, primarily ANCRE, AVIESAN et ALLENVI, in particular to ensure coherence between the various positions created at national and European level.