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Fraunhofer-inspired network to be enhanced

France's centre-left research minister Geneviève Fioraso has set up an advisory group on the future of the country's Carnot institutes.

The advisers will propose changes to the existing system to boost the institutes’ impact on the country’s economy. “This will have to take into account experiences in other countries, but also the specifics of France’s research system and industry. We have to establish our own model,” Fioraso said.

Set up in 2006 by the previous, centre-right government and inspired by Germany’s Fraunhofer institutes, the Carnot label provides funding and visibility to public research institutes that conduct contract research for companies. There are 34 Carnot institutes in France, earning a combined €420m a year in industry contracts.

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