On 31 March 2023, BRGM signed its new objectives, resources and performance contract for the period 2023 to 2027 with the French Government. For the first time, this contract includes a multi-year, State-allotted budget.
13 April 2023

An ambitious scientific policy to better exploit subsurface resources for societal challenges, to reinforce BRGM's impact on society through innovation and expertise, and to enable more efficient management of the ecological and energy transition; these are the main guidelines in BRGM's new objectives, resources and performance contract (COMP - Contrat d’Objectifs, de Moyens et de Performance) for the period from 2023 to 2027, signed with the Government on 31 March. With a real change: a State-allotted budget, which reaffirms with renewed conviction the missions entrusted to the institution.

The new objective, resources and performance contract was signed on 31 March 2023 by representatives of BRGM’s four supervisory Ministries including:

  • Sylvie Retailleau, Minister for Higher Education and Research;
  • Roland Lescure, Minister Delegate for Industry representing the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty;
  • Cédric Bourillet, Director of the General Directorate for Risk Prevention, representing the Minister for Ecological Transition and Regional Cohesion and the Minister for Energy Transition.

This objectives and performance contract is part of a more ambitious scientific strategy and a renewed mission for BRGM to support public policy-making to meet challenges related to ground and subsurface resources. The need to adapt to climate change and the important role that the subsurface will play in the energy transition require the highest level of scientific research and expertise, which BRGM is responsible for developing in partnership with other research establishments. From this perspective, BRGM's integrated model, which combines research, expertise and innovation in the same teams, is a clear asset that will enable France to responsibly develop and protect the subsurface and its resources.

I am completing my mandate at BRGM by signing this COMP. BRGM will be undertaking it with more financial and scientific resources. It sets a course for 2027 for BRGM, giving it both a trajectory and additional resources to achieve it.

Michèle Rousseau, former BRGM Chair and Managing Director

A new contract with a State-allotted budget: a first for BRGM

This is a real novelty for BRGM, as the traditional five-year framework for BRGM and its supervisory ministries has for the first time been provided with a State-allotted budget to enable it to achieve its objectives. This new framework was recently put in place by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research under the recent research-programming Act, which enables research institutions to adopt strategies with multi-year budgets.

The COMP was largely based on the evaluation and recommendations of the High Council for the Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) in 2022. The drafting phase enabled BRGM to discuss the objectives with its supervisory ministries, but also with its main partners and on the basis of a broad internal consultation of its staff.

The COMP 2023-27 reaffirms the threefold missions entrusted to BRGM:

  • scientific research,
  • a mission of scientific and technical expertise in support of public policies and economic actors,
  • support to help companies innovate.

This contract sets an ambitious course for BRGM, positioning it as one of the key partners of the State, local authorities and industry, to help them adopt a scientific policy focused particularly on the issues of adaptation to climate change and the energy transition, and thus to assist in the deployment of national strategies for energy transition, decarbonisation of industry and regaining our sovereignty, while also adapting to climate change.

Christophe Poinssot, acting Chair and Managing Director of BRGM

The COMP is structured around three strategic goals and is intended to serve as a guideline until 2027. It sets 13 objectives and 31 actions to be undertaken:

This goal aims to stimulate and consolidate its scientific activity and strengthen BRGM's role in the research and innovation ecosystem in order to make a decisive contribution to mitigating and adapting to climate change, as well as to the key role of the subsurface in energy and ecological transitions.

It describes the actions relating to the institution's scientific policy, its breakdown into scientific programmes, its partnership strategy and its digital strategy. Actions aim in particular at improving the management of scientific knowledge and expertise in the medium term, and especially at increasing the number of young doctoral and post-doctoral students.

The aim is to strengthen BRGM's impact on society, in particular through expert appraisal with high scientific added-value for the State and local authorities, but also to increase the dissemination of environmental information to civil society and citizens.

This means strengthening synergy when research results are transferred to ensure expert appraisal at the highest level.

This last goal reflects the desire to modernise and simplify processes and tools to ensure greater efficiency in operating and managing the institution. Actions will include optimising financial management and reducing the institution's carbon footprint.


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