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Renault and CNRS seal a new framework agreement


Renault CNRSRenault and France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) have signed a new four-year framework agreement. The new framework agreement covers new collaborative research and innovation opportunities for the years ahead. Research areas include neuroscience, virtual reality, ergonomics, new materials and catalysis.

Renault and the CNRS have been working together for decades and have signed several framework agreements since 1993. Recent changes in the research landscape and scientific strategies of both partners have prompted a review of the terms of the framework agreement. Following one year of talks on scientific, strategic and legal issues, Renault and the CNRS are pleased to announce that a new framework agreement was signed on May 15, 2013, and will remain in force for the next four years.

The new framework agreement will give a long-term perspective to the research work currently carried out alongside CNRS researchers, while also covering new collaborative research and innovation opportunities in the years ahead.

CNRS researchers have worked closely with Renault for many years. Around 100 contracts have been signed between Renault and the CNRS since early 2010, including consortium agreements, research partnerships, service provision agreements and equipment and expertise transfers, etc.). More than one-third of these contracts cover cooperation projects spanning several years, including research fellowships. Nearly 100 CNRS labs around France conduct research alongside Renault. These labs are located in Lyon, Lille, Montpellier, Clermont-Ferrand, Rouen, Paris, Orleans, Bordeaux, Poitiers, Grenoble, Rennes and Strasbourg.

Scientific cooperation mainly covers engineering sciences and systems, in particular combustion, fatigue of materials, thermal engineering and aeroacoustics.

The Information Processing and Communication laboratory at the CNRS also works with Renault on researching the future of passenger transport and electric motoring. This research is partly carried out under the aegis of the Sustainable Mobility Institute, which was founded jointly by Renault and Paris Tech in 2009 (

This strategic partnership between Renault and France’s leading public research body will help to develop new sustainable mobility solutions for the society.

Source: Renault

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