IFPEN is an active member of an extremely dense network of partnerships with French, European and international academic and industrial research players, a genuine “dynamic biotope” that is constantly evolving. This dense ecosystem is underpinned by a continuous drive to select outstanding academic partners with a view to fostering long-term relationships with them. 

IFPEN thus contributes to the structuring of emerging sectors, the consolidation of research communities and the reinforcement of international collaboration, in line with French and European strategic priorities in the fields of energy, the environment and transport.

Moreover, partnerships based on fundamental research are conducted from an academic rather than an application perspective, an approach that generally avoids any issues concerning intellectual property between partners. IFPEN brings expertise and knowledge to complement those of its partners within the innovation ecosystem, since all collaborative research activities are conducted in synergy. 


IFPEN has partnership agreements in place with more than 200 respected research teams, each of whom brings scientific expertise to complement that of IFPEN, expertise that is crucial to research activities dedicated to the scientific challenges.

In order to forge strategic long-term relationships with research players to support the implementation of its scientific policy, IFPEN favors the use of framework agreements with French and international partners. These framework agreements are developed on the basis of jointly-constructed collaborative research road maps. For example, framework agreements are in place with:

  • the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), in numerous fields of common interest,
  • the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), covering a variety of fields such as the use of biomass, sustainable mobility, the energy transition and energy storage,
  • the University of Lyon Comue (community of universities and institutions), reflecting IFPEN’s active presence in the Lyon ecosystem,
  • ENS Lyon, in the field of catalysis,
  • INRIA (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation), in the field of high-performance computing, data sciences and artificial intelligence,
  • ANDRA (French National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management), concerning geological modeling, monitoring, instrumentation and analysis, numerical simulations and steel corrosion,
  • INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research), primarily in the field of bioeconomics,
  • SOLEIL synchrotron, for the detailed characterization of materials in the fields of energy and biomaterials,
  • the Géosciences franciliennes Scientific Interest Group,
  • University College London, in the field of chemical engineering,
  • Utrecht University, in the field of geosciences,
  • Politecnico di Milano, in the fields of chemical kinetics and catalytic reactor modeling,
  • Naples University, in the field of catalysis,
  • Stuttgart University, in the field of high-performance computing,
  • the École polytechnique de Montréal (CIRAIG) engineering school, in the field of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA),
  • Kazan University, in the field of Thermodynamics, 
  • Argonne National Laboratory, in the field of mobility ; 
  • the University of British Columbia (UBC), in the field of multiscale simulation.

In addition, IFPEN continuously forges new academic research partnerships relating to targeted themes. 

IFPEN also takes part in CNRS research groups that work on scientific themes directly relating to its fundamental research. IFPEN is currently involved in around twenty such groups, either contributing to research or at managerial or governance level. These research groups cover various scientific fields: Mathematics, Physical Chemistry, Chemistry, Mechanics, Materials, etc.

Scientific interest groups (SIG) are another possible form of partnership. In 2016, IFPEN joined forces, for a renewable period of four years, with other public bodies in the Île-de-France region (CNRS, École nationale supérieure des Mines de Paris, École normale supérieure, École polytechnique, INRIA, IPGP (Institute of Earth Physics of Paris), Cergy-Pontoise University, Paris Sud University and Pierre et Marie Curie University) to form the Géosciences franciliennes SIG led by the CNRS and managed by IFPEN. The purpose of this scientific interest group is to pool fundamental research activities in complementary fields (geosciences, mechanics, digital sciences, etc.) covering problems relating to natural resources and the environment. 

Lastly, IFPEN pools its low-TRL research efforts with industrial players to address a variety of scientific questions

These examples of partnerships are, of course, far from exhaustive.


Isabelle Morelon

  • “Academic Research Partnerships” Manager