Institutional policy for research
Institutional policy in favour of research refers to the practices and productions that each authorised research unit carries out on a daily basis to implement its scientific programme. Officially recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, each unit develops on the basis of human resources (research staff of the public service of all statutes and bodies) and the budgetary resources from which it benefits, starting with the core support provided by the Heritage Branch. In some cases, the research unit is also recognized by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), which may assign administrative and/or research staff and credits to it. The school, in which this unit is situated, also grants it more or less substantial means. This is how we identify this long-term form of scientific research which, in the national, European and international scientific community, tends to guarantee the institutional identity of laboratories.
The traditional temporalities of institutional policy in favour of research follow the five-year rhythm of the evaluation procedures currently set up by the national evaluation body to which the ministerial supervision of the national schools is associated architectural superiors (ENSA). Committees of experts from higher education and research provide a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the unit, its evolution and its local, regional and European positioning. The expertise includes his scientific project, his human and material resources. The analysis leads to an overall opinion of the unit, specifies the strengths and prospects, highlights the areas for improvement and weaknesses of the unit, and finally makes a number of recommendations. The conclusions are accompanied by a rating on criteria such as: the scientific quality of the production, the influence and attractiveness, the integration in the higher education environment, the institutional strategy, the governance and life of the laboratory. Following this evaluation, the Ministry of Culture and Communication adopts an authorisation decision for the research units of each institution.