BRGM undertakes joint research with partners in industrial sectors and with businesses of every size. It promotes its innovations and ensures they are transferred into the business world.
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    Mount Weld rare earth mine (Australia, 2014). 

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    BRGM, your partner for research, development and innovation 

    BRGM, the French Geological Survey, is the French public institution responsible for Earth Science applications. 

    It provides innovative solutions for land management, the subsurface, raw materials, water resources and for preventing natural and environmental risks. 

    The economic sectors concerned by BRGM's activities include construction, energy, water, mining industries, environment and eco-technologies. 

    Research partnerships with businesses: simplicity and flexibility 

    To establish a research partnership, whether in collaboration or under contract, companies must contact the BRGM Scientific and Technical Centre in Orléans, or one of our regional divisions. 

    The contract or agreement specifies the rules concerning costs, confidentiality and industrial property. Companies can benefit from the French Research Tax Credit scheme (Crédit Impôt Recherche – CIR). 

    Once the contract is signed, the company has access to all the human resources and materials required for the project (databases, ICTs, laboratories, pilot facility, etc.), without needing to recruit staff or make large investments. 

    The Research Tax Credit scheme (CIR)

    The French Research Tax Credit (CIR) is a tax relief scheme designed to encourage businesses to invest in research and development. The tax relief is calculated on the basis of the company's R&D expenses. For the first bracket (up to €100 million), it is equal to 30% of R&D expenditure.

    Who can benefit from the Research Tax Credit scheme (CIR)?

    All industrial, commercial or agricultural companies can benefit from the research tax credit system, as well as associations governed by the French law of 1901 (under certain conditions).

    BRGM, an organisation that is approved for the Research Tax Credit scheme

    BRGM has been approved for the CIR scheme by the French Ministry of Research. This approval acknowledges its capacity to carry out R&D on behalf of companies and means BRGM's private-sector partners can benefit from the research tax relief scheme.

    BRGM's expertise 

    As a research institution that provides support for public policy decisions, BRGM places its expertise and experience at the disposal of civil society to help in decision-making processes. Any French or non-French organisation, be it an institution or legal person under public or private law, may commission BRGM to carry out an expert audit on a given subject.

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    Innovation and the transfer of knowledge and tools to businesses 

    BRGM has put in place all the requisite means to promote its innovations as effectively as possible by speeding up the process for taking concepts through to maturity and embracing joint-development with industrial partners.

    BRGM, a partner to businesses in France and abroad 

    In addition to its head office in Orléans, BRGM has 27 regional offices in mainland France and the French Overseas Territories. Thanks to this regional network, BRGM maintains a close relationship with its local partners. BRGM also works in some thirty different countries on behalf of various customers, including private companies.

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    BRGM's PRIME platform in Orléans for soil and water decontamination. Submetric platform.

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    Becoming a BRGM supplier

    Would you like to become a BRGM supplier? Technical procurement (analyses, drilling, equipment rental, technical equipment, provision of services in our geosciences-related areas of activity), insurance, buildings and related services, communications and marketing: publications, vehicle fleet, supplies... Our needs are permanent, varied and evolving. Find out more about our procurement policy, our calls for tenders and get referenced by our purchasing team.

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    BRGM - Head office

    3 avenue Claude-Guillemin, BP 36009
    45060 Orléans Cedex 02

    Phone: +33 (0)2 38 64 34 34

    Your regional contacts

    BRGM has 28 offices in mainland France and the French Overseas Territories, in order to meet the needs of its regional partners.