Université de Sherbrooke encourages the structuring of research activities carried out by its professors by promoting their grouping into institutes and research centres. The Université grants them official status: research institute or research centre. Institutes and research centres are a privileged space where professors, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can conduct their research project. The names "Research Institute" and "Research Centre" are reserved designations. They are provided exclusively by the Université to research groups that meet the evaluation criteria.