OneGeology-Europe: a geological map of Europe for everyone. The OneGeology project is contributing to EU policies for the harmonisation and interoperability of all environmental and planning data, a field in which the BRGM is closely involved (2010). © OneGeology

The BRGM in Europe

At the EU level, the BRGM has been involved for many years in research programmes, support to public policy development and international cooperation, thereby forging many enduring partnerships.



The BRGM is actively engaged at EU level through its sustained involvement in European research programmes and support to public policy development and international cooperation.

Our work for the EU includes:

  • Interfacing between governments, government departments, industries, local government and research organisations;
  • Providing decision support by delivering data, knowledge and expert tools to address complex systems at different scales;
  • Acting as a key networking operator at the national, European and international levels to initiate and build up research and development programmes and upgrade decision-support tools.

Topic areas covering all geosciences fields

The BRGM works at EU level in all of its fields of activity: geology, mineral resources, geothermal energy, geological storage of CO2, water, post-mining, risks, polluted soils and waste, metrology, information systems and interoperability.

We monitor regulatory, scientific and technical developments in these fields to guarantee the relevance of our proposals and activities.

Close involvement in the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FPRI)

Horizon 2020


The BRGM has been involved for many years in the European Union's successive Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation (FPRD/I), since the 4th FPRD. In the last 20 years, we have contributed to over 160 projects, mainly in collaboration with other organisations.

The BRGM ranks among the 40 leading French participants in the Horizon 2020 programme, and 7th among French research organisations working on its Pillar 3 on societal challenges (source: Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, OpenData as of 30 June 2016).

The BRGM is already participating in 38 Horizon 2020 projects, representing over 17 million euros in grants by the end of 2017, and has already exceeded the funding amounts obtained over the entire 7th FPRD. We have also succeeded in maintaining a constant 29% rate of selection in the transition from the 7th FPRD to Horizon 2020, which is substantially more than the European average of around 12%.

The BRGM has thus confirmed its role as a leading French player on the European scene in research and innovation in the fields of environment and energy.

See the BRGM profile on the European Commission website, including the list of projects and main collaborative programmes

Support to EU public policy development

BRGM also contributes to the development of European public policies. It acts at the interface between the public authorities, public and private-sector managers and research organisations. It is involved in projects funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) or through INTERREG, its component for territorial cooperation.

More about BRGM participation in EU public policy development

International cooperation

The BRGM contributes through different projects to EU international cooperation, which supports developing and emerging countries under flagship European policies, especially on the environment and efficient resource use (including energy).

More about the BRGM's operational involvement in international cooperation in Europe

Numerous collaborative European programmes and partnerships

All of these activities have enabled the BRGM to forge partnerships with many European players. As the French national geological survey, the BRGM contributes to the organisation of Europe's geological sphere. It is a founder member of EuroGeoSurveys, the Association of European geological surveys.

In 2018, the BRGM became a Core Partner of EIT Raw Materials.

We are also involved in various interest groups and research networks in our areas of activity, such as CLORA, EERACO2GEONET, the European Network for Research in Geo-Energy (ENeRG) and the  Common Forum on Contaminated Land in Europe.

More about the BRGM's international relations

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