EIVP was originally set up in 1959 to train public-sector engineers for the City of Paris. It then expanded to train "civilian" engineers in 1986. Since that time, EIVP has trained over 1000 engineers, of which 60% now work for the City of Paris, 15% in local municipalities, 15% in public-private enterprises, and 10% in the private sector (essentially services).
The City of Paris is trying to improve its flood risk management and the authorities require EIVP to develop partnerships and expertise abroad to exchange experience on risk management and city resilience: scientists of EIVP are already involved in several risk management and city resilience research programs. A research axe has been designed to improve urban resilience.