Moteur de la recherche et de l'innovation

ScanR is a French search engine that makes information about the research and innovation landscape in France accessible and searchable. The information comes from the websites and open source data from public institutions and the private sector. It contains data on publications, dissertations, participation in collaborative research projects, patents and more. It includes data on publications, dissertations, participation in collaborative research projects, patents and more. ScanR was developed by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research and the search engine was launched in 2016.

Language French

Launched 2016
Closed No

Developer French Ministry for National Education, Higher Education and Research

Country of Origin France

2016 - [...] ScanR

Topic Academic, Scientific or Educational Search engine

Region No Limitation

Technical functionalities
Manually by an editorial team selected sites search engine
Search engine for databases, repositories, portals and other closed (deep web) or open content collections
Crawler / robot based SeEn using a white list of selected sites

Used SeEn ScanR

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite

European Data Portal (2019): »ScanR is a French organisation that provides a search engine linking different public and private Research and Development entities with a current or ongoing problem. In addition, ScanR helps users to identify and characterise the different public institutions and private companies by providing information about the nearly 35,000 research actors within France. This information is extracted from the various institutions’ websites and open-sourced data. This information includes data on publications, their involvement in collaborative research projects and patents. « Source


Critical points

Features & Functionality

»The main idea behind this project is to combine structured data and web-crawling in a large-scale industrial fashion« Source


Example results page for "sand": Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others):

Other Sources

Thibaud (2016): The French Ministry of Higher Education and Research releases scanR to foster research and innovation URL:
European Data Portal (2019): ScanR helps users filter their searches and find researchers that focus on their topic of interest. URL:
Re-search Alps (2017): The emergence of scanR URL:

Created: 2019-03-11