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Government–BRGM Contract for 2018–2022

Objectives and Performance Contract targets met or exceeded in 2019

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The Objectives and Performance Contract (COP) signed in 2019 fosters visibility and readability in BRGM’s work on six major science, and social and economic challenges, to serve its new science strategy. Our overall objectives for the past year have been achieved.
Bioleaching is a field of research that focuses on recovering mining and electronic waste using bacteria in reactors. © BRGM – C. Boucley

On balance, the year has been good, and several objectives were even exceeded. In the first year of implementing the COP for 2018–2022, BRGM channelled its efforts toward its new science strategy, together with all the actions identified in the COP. There are areas for improvement in the years to come, which reflect the institution's commitment to excellence in geoscience.

Pragmatism and development

The new COP signed on 20 March 2019 is structured around six priorities and 20 objectives, each broken down into 125 actions. The COP has a pragmatic focus and emphasises the transfer of research findings to provide expert advice for both government and industry through major promotion efforts. Diversifying our work, increasing our activities on a global scale and promoting research on sustainable development underpin the COP and our efforts as a research institution.

Progress measured along six priorities

Most COP actions were started in 2019. Our analysis shows that significant progress has been made on the COP, both quantitatively and qualitatively. 103 actions were initiated, and BRGM achieved 85% of its objectives.


Goal 1 /  Promote a research policy to support the production of knowledge, expertise and innovation

The aim is to clarify BRGM's scientific strategy and make it more visible: a strategy that has been finalised and validated, and programmes that have been set up along with mapping of projects and effective governance. However, development of the strategic intelligence and foresight process has been postponed to 2020.
The policy of strengthening ties with academic research has increased notably: 89 doctoral students for a COP target of 80. Similarly, we have produced 177 scientific publications in international Web of Science (WoS) journals and are approaching the final goal of 200. National and international scientific partnerships still need to be strengthened.



Goal 2 /  Deploy BRGM’s expertise to support the development of public policies

The continuum between research activities and expert appraisals conducted for public authorities, particularly for the development and monitoring of sustainable development and post-mining policies, has been strengthened. There is still a need to consolidate these actions at the European and international levels.



Goal 3 /  Support a proactive policy for innovation, development and knowledge transfer

The culture of innovation is established by deploying a process of development and innovation. The process of adding value to research through technology transfer is delivering results, with an increasing number of BRGM-certified projects and an increase in patent applications. Incentives for encouraging more widespread use have been tested.



Goal 4 /  Strengthen BRGM’s European and international strategy

Landslip likelihood map of the crystalline Maures range, incorporating the weathering parameter and geometry of rock structures (cleavage). © BRGM - C. Allanic

BRGM’s competitiveness as a major player in European programmes has also increased, with an enhanced capacity to respond to calls for projects and European financing in the framework of H2020 that is higher than for previous PCRDs.



Goal 5 /  Develop a sites and training policy in line with our scientific strategy

The integration of the Orléans scientific and technical site has been intensified, as part of the policy of the Centre Val-de-Loire site, with initiatives in digital technology and collaboration within the ISTO Joint Research Unit (UMR). Steps have been taken to consolidate our scientific capabilities for dealing with coastal risks in Aquitaine.



Goal 6 /  Boost governance and management dynamics

Answering questions to inform society about the research being conducted. © BRGM - C. Boucley

The management of human resources is thus making headway: creation of the first phase of the Human Resources Information System (HRIS), the Observatory of in-house professions, the social barometer, the quality of life in the workplace plan (QVT), actions on ethics, etc. and the management of operations in support of the institution's strategy is becoming more efficient: management by objectives, new programmes.
Finally, it is worth mentioning the development of BRGM's image and new links with public decision-makers and society.



Significant progress has been made on the COP, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
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BRGM Deputy Director, Strategy, Research and Communication