An activity that is complementary to expertise and studies
Enrich expertise via new knowledge
To accomplish its missions, Cerema provides, mainly at the request of the State, consulting services, assistance, studies, inspection, innovation, appraisal, testing and research, providing back-up to public policies (Confer law 2013-431 of 28 May 2013).
This leads it to conduct research actions, to create, manage and support research units and its own department units or units associated with other technical or research bodies, as well as higher education institutions (decree no. 2013-1273 of 27 December 2013).
Cerema carries out applied research, with strong links to the organisation’s other activities:
- with the “core activities”: studies, appraisal, assistance and consulting,
- with the inspection and testing activities,
- with innovation, whether it be technological or linked to uses.
In this way research is enriched by questions raised in the other activities, and contributes to enriching them in turn through new knowledge. The internal familiarity between on the one hand engineers and experts working on operational problems, and on the other hand researchers specialised in the world of research, is a major asset for all the beneficiaries of Cerema’s work.
In many cases, Cerema intervenes to support the research of other organisations by implementing its capacities for observation, experimentation, analysis and appraisal. In this way, strong long-standing collaboration has linked Cerema with Ifsttar in particular in several research fields such as acoustics or durability of transport infrastructures.
Similarly, Cerema’s teams liaise closely in the research field with other organisations in the ministry’s scientific and technical network (such as RSTEA, BRGM, INERIS, IGN) and with schools supervised by the MEEM, the Ministry for the environment, energy and the sea (ENPC, ENTPE).
Every department of Cerema has also developed links with higher education and research players in its region, and also with companies and local authorities on specific research themes.