Renault Design Team Joins Forces with France’s National Centre for Scientific Research
Renault and France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) have signed a new four-year framework agreement. The agreement covers new collaborative research and innovation opportunities for the years ahead.
Renault and the CNRS have in fact 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 have announce that a new framework agreement was signed on May 15, 2013, and will remain in force for the next four years.
Renault’s R&D team currently draws on a network of partnerships with public research bodies, in particular the CNRS. The new research areas for Renault and CNRS teams include neuroscience, virtual reality, ergonomics, new materials and catalysis.
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.
Renault hopes this strategic partnership between it and France’s leading public research body will help to develop new sustainable mobility solutions for our society.