Principles and methods

Adding new customers, increasing competitive edge and consolidating leadership all call for initiating or investing in collaborative research with key players in the economic sector, the scientific community and universities. DCNS combines its own research activities in critical and strategic technologies with joint efforts around the principle of open innovation. This takes many forms.


visuel principes et fonctionnement - compétitivitéPOLES OF COMPETITIVENESS

DCNS plays a key role in three poles of competiveness. Two of these are oriented around the world’s oceans.



  • “EMC2” centre (Materials)
  • The “Mer Bretagne Atlantique” centre (naval engineering, maintenance and services)
  • The “Mer Méditerranée” centre (maritime safety and security)


fonctionnement - recherche collaborativePhDs

DCNS works openly with the scientific and academic communities by co-supervising PhDs in certain key fields. Some 15 such programmes are currently ongoing. All operate in close cooperation with the laboratories or universities involved.



fonctionnement - recherche collaborativeCHAIRS

Maintaining or funding university Chairs is an important part of the Group’s activities. This participation allows DNCS to continue its research while building new academic and operational networks. DCNS is currently a member or founding member of different Chairs:


  • The Resoh Chair for Research in Organisational Security at the Ecole des Mines de Nantes
  • The Cyberdefence Chair at the Institut de Recherche de l’Ecole Navale, or IRENav, the Research Institute at the French Naval Academy
  • The Chair in Complex Systems at Ecole Polytechnique (French Polytechnic)