Research centres are communities dedicated to the pursuit and development of a particular research focus. Each centre is led by a full faculty member and has a scientific committee which includes external members (university researchers, consultants and industry representatives). A centre will answer research bids, develop its own finances for a programme of research and organise a programme of seminars and workshops.
In comparison to an ESCP Europe research centre, a research laboratory is a collective project between several academic institutions with one of them taking the role of the project leader. The governance of a laboratory is provided by a scientific advisory board, a strategic orientation advisory board composed of academics and professionals, and an executive committee whose members are professors of the different partner institutions.