The CIFRE (Conventions Industrielles de Formation par la Recherche), managed by the ANRT (Association Nationale Recherche Technologie) on behalf of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, is a recruitment aid scheme that enables companies or local authorities to recruit PhD students while they are completing their thesis.
Experimented since 2009, the CIFRE scheme has enabled the establishment of long-term collaborations between municipal departments of the City of Paris and research laboratories, and constitutes a real lever for innovation and modernisation of the administration. Dozens of doctoral students have been recruited within the City of Paris. Their research topics concern key issues in municipal policy, including, for example: new water uses for adapting the city to climate change, the appropriation of the participatory budget by Parisians, social support for the challenge of radicalisation, or the impact of the flooding of the Seine on urban services.
As a partner of the City of Paris, and anxious to increasingly experiment with new possible formats for intersectoral collaboration, the Paris IAS supports the city in its reflection on the constant improvement of this system, the first place where researchers can acculturate themselves to the problems of the extra-academic world.
As a laboratory of ideas and a facilitator of exchanges at the highest level, the Paris IAS contributes its expertise through the organization of special seminars, training, practical workshops, methodological advice and moments of experience sharing, thus encouraging the weaving of networks and the development of a culture of collaboration between researchers and municipal services.