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Université de Bordeaux
LabEx COTECluster of Excellence
Cluster of excellence


Basics of governance and management principles

Governance will take a form reflecting the overall objective of the partners involved: to collaborate constructively with a view to promoting rapid growth over the next three years and to respecting a long-term common strategy. It will be organised with the following aims in mind:

  • To be flexible, professional and responsive;
  • To ensure the successful integration of LabEx projects into its scientific and strategic environment at the local, national and international levels, without creating additional layers of responsibility, and in keeping with the strategy and prerogatives of its reference organisations and partners;
  • To establish rigorous monitoring of the ways in which resources (financial, human, platforms, etc.) are used and LabEx objectives attained;
  • To promote effective communication between the LabEx partners.

Within the framework of the Investissements d’avenir initiative, the University of Bordeaux will act as the co-ordinating partner for all the projects submitted by its members, so as to ensure consistency and synergy between these projects and their full integration into the overall strategy set out by the University. The University of Bordeaux will manage the funds attributed by the ANR for the development of the LabEx COTE and will take responsibility for monitoring the correct use of these resources on behalf of the ANR, as defined in the corresponding convention. The University of Bordeaux is one of the leading campuses in France for research and education, with four faculties, two engineering schools and a school of political science. It has more than 5,000 academic staff and about 60,000 students (including 3,000 PhD students). With an annual budget of 6 billion euros, it has proved itself capable of managing funds according to high standards of quality and efficiency.

Governance structure

LabEx COTE will not be formally incorporated as a legal administrative structure but will be running on a project mode. Its governance, which has proved its adequacy with the specificities of the French National Research Agency (ANR), will thus reflect this mode of running and will be close to the one that has been efficiently used by several thematic research networks in France (namely RTRAs).

The governance structure of LabEx comprises a board of trustees, a scientific council and a steering committee. Members of these boards represent the founding institutions of LabEx (University of Bordeaux, CNRS, IFREMER, INRA and IRSTEA) and the scientific partners. Stakeholders will endorse a consortium agreement on LabEx that will establish its objectives and the means allocated by the founding institutions to attain them. This consortium agreement will apply for a given period of time (based on the terms set out in the agreement drawn up with the ANR in order to not duplicate efforts) and will be subject to annual evaluation.