CNRS The National Center for Scientific Research is an interdisciplinary public research organisation for fundamental and applied scientific research under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research. CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines in particular with the universities, thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. The CNRS ranks among the leading global research institutions for its excellent research and innovation achievements.

The research covered by CNRS encompasses all field from human sciences to mathematics, biology or engineering. 21 Nobel and 12 field medal laureate are members of laboratories funded by CNRS. It counts 1,144 research laboratories in France and abroad and it hires approximately 33,000 people and has a total budget exceeding 3.3 billion € of which 86.5% are resources dedicated to laboratories.