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Jointly managed research structures

Jointly Managed Research Units (UMRs)

The Jointly Managed Research Units (UMRs) are probably the most developed form of academic partnership. They cover a wide range of disciplines and topics and allow structures to achieve the critical size that is necessary to compete seriously at the international level, which is increasingly where excellence is established.

IFSTTAR is currently co-supervising nine UMRs (some of which are awaiting signing of the agreement).

  • Navier, UMR 8205, which brings together IFSTTAR, ENPC  and the CNRS (Marne-La-Vallée)
  • LVMT, UMR T 9404, which brings together IFSTTAR, ENPC and UPEM (Marne-la-Vallée)
  • LBMC, UMR T 9406, which brings together IFSTTAR and UCBL (Bron)
  • UMRESTTE, UMR T 9045, which brings together IFSTTAR,  UCBL and INvS (Bron)
  • LICIT, UMR T_E, which brings together IFSTTAR and ENTPE (Bron)
  • ISTerre, UMR 5275, which brings together IFSTTAR and Grenoble and Savoie Universities, IRD and the CNRS (Grenoble)
  • LBA, UMR T 24, which brings together IFSTTAR and Aix-Marseille Université (Marseille)
  • SATIE, UMR 8029, which brings together IFSTTAR, the CNRS, the Ecole Normale Supérieure  in Cachan, CNAM-Paris, the University of Cergy-Pontoise, the University of Paris-Sud, and the ENS in Rennes (Satory)
  • UMRAE, which brings together IFSTTAR,  CEREMA (IFSTTAR sites at Nantes and Bron, the CEREMA site in  Strasbourg)

A tenth UMR is due to be created in the near future, namely LAPEA (Applied Psychology and Ergonomics Laboratory), which will be formed by the merger of the LPC (the Laboratory of Driver Psychology) and LATI (Laboratory on Adjustments between work and the individual), jointly supervised by Université Paris-Descartes  and IFSTTAR.

    The Labexes

    The mechanisms that comprise the "Future Investments Programme",  and in particular the laboratories of excellence set up in 2010, generate structural links in terms of quality research, degree-granting training and the exploitation of research. IFSTTAR has been fully involved in this new system and is currently a partner of five Labexes created in waves 1 and 2.

      Research Federations (FR) and Joint Research Teams (ERC)

      Research Federations (FR)

      The Research Federations (FR) were created to bring together, parts of or entire research units or teams in order to coordinate their scientific activities in targeted areas and pool some or all of their resources.

      IFSTTAR is involved in six Research Federations:

      • IFRH, Federative Institute of Disability Research (a national Research Federation)
      • F2M-msp, Greater Paris Region Mechanics Federation. Materials, structure, processes (Ile-de-France)
      • IRSTV, Urban Scientific and Technical Research Institute (Pays de Loire)
      • VOR, Vulnerability of structures undergoing a natural or technological hazard (Grenoble)
      • LirGeC, The Pays de Loire Institute for Civil Engineering and Construction Research (Pays de Loire)

        Joint Research Teams

        On a smaller scale, the Joint Research Teams (ERCs) provide a way of setting up high quality targeted partnerships. IFSTTAR is currently involved in the following ERCs:

        • NACRE Nanotechnologies for Environmentally-Friendly Cities, COSYS/LISIS with the Ecole Polytechnique and the CNRS
        • CARMIN, Micro and Nano Technologies, COSYS/LISIS with CEA-LETI
        • I4S, Statistical inference for the Surveillance and Safety of Structures, COSYS/SII with INRIA (INRIA project team)
        • PETRA, Processes for the production and processing of materials, MAST/GPEM with GEPEA (UMR 6144 CNRS)
        • GEST, Energy Management and Storage for Transport, AME/LTE with the Ampère laboratory (UMR 5005 CNRS, École Centrale de Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon,  Lyon INSA)
        • VESPA, City Water Soil Plants Atmosphere, GERS/LEE with the EPHOR team (Physical environment of horticultural plants)  at the Agrocampus Ouest.

          In addition IFSTTAR participates in 7 unifying research structures, 2 science of the universe observatories and  plays a part in the scientific activities of 11 Scientific Consortia (GIS) and 24 Research Groups (GdR).