The Label Carnot seeks to promote collaborative research, i.e. the conduct of research by public laboratories in partnership with socio-economic stakeholders primarily including businesses (ranging from small and medium-sized businesses to large groups).
The Label Carnot is awarded for a renewable five-year period to public research structures comprising the Carnot Institutes, which simultaneously combine front-end research work geared to updating their scientific and technologic skills by applying a proactive policy towards collaborative research for the benefit of the socio-economic world.
Each institute has its own governance structure and organizational system, which are set up to promote sustainable and high-quality collaborative research. Carnot institutes are bound by the terms of the Carnot charter, which describes the Carnot spirit and ethic:
- Implementation of a continuous improvement programme for conducting research projects to a professional standard in line with the expectations of businesses and socio-economic partners,
- Establishment of a clear research strategy incorporating the expectations of socio-economic stakeholders and planned technological changes,
- Systematic response to partner queries, directing them towards other research structures where necessary,
- Taking account of scientists’ and laboratories’ involvement in collaborative research projects for the benefit of the socio-economic world, when assessing their performance,
- Fostering strong and lasting ties with the world of academic research in order to facilitate recruitment of scientific and technological personnel,
- Promoting the label Carnot, synonymous with quality and professionalism, openness and receptiveness to the expectations of socio-economic partners,
- Fostering partnerships within the Carnot network and with other European technological organisations in order to deliver an integrated multi-disciplinary service.
In 2011, sixty million Euros were invested in the Carnot scheme (excluding funds earmarked for bolstering Carnot institutes as part of the drive to invest in future research projects).