The Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle carries out its research activities in collaboration with partners of all kinds.
Research at the Museum is based primarily on its research units, which are now entirely mixed (among the 18 laboratories of the institution, 17 are in partnership with the CNRS, 4 with the IRD, 1 with the Inserm, 5 with the UPMC, 1 with the EHESS, 1 with the EPHE, and close links have been established with the University of Paris Diderot, the INRAP and the Ifremer). These special partnerships of the units form the first circle of the Museum's scientific collaborations.
Research with the CNRS is based in particular on a partnership between the Museum and the CNRS Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE), to which 11 laboratories are attached. This arrangement has made it possible to support the institution's efforts in various operations such as the acquiring very high-tech scientific equipment.
Constantly evolving development at the national and international level
The Museum's research partnerships are constantly developing, domestically and internationally.
Domestically, partnership research has grown with both public (research organisations, universities, the Île-de-France region, local authorities, etc.) and private partners.
Internationally, the institution's activities are targeted at Europe and the countries of the South, particularly Madagascar and Brazil. European collaborations are continuing and expanding, particularly through the institution's involvement in European programmes (FP7 and Horizon 2020). Outside Europe, cooperation has been established, mainly with universities, on topics such as the study of coral reefs, terrestrial and marine biodiversity in the South Pacific and bioarchaeology. Major naturalist expeditions, largely based on an international partnership, were conducted at the end of 2012 in Papua New Guinea.
The Museum has formed partnerships with private companies based in France and abroad. They are of all types (large companies, ETIs, SMEs, VSEs and start-ups) and from all sectors. It should be noted that the Museum's partnerships with industrial partners have been approved by competitiveness clusters such as Medicen and Cosmetic Valley, which reflects the quality of the institution's research partnerships with the socio-economic world.