The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
An essential Research Contributor for the benefit of Society
·         CNRS is a public organization under the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research
·         CNRS is the largest fundamental research organization in Europe
·          CNRS generates knowledge which it uses for the benefit of society
·         Targets up until 2020 to push back the boundaries of knowledge
             - Tools to strengthen interdisciplinarity
             - Important means dedicated to very large-scale research infrastructure
             - Key commitment in the setting up of a European research area
             - Active international policy
CNRS is represented in all fields of Knowledge :
·         Through 10 thematic institutes
·         CNRS covers all scientific disciplines: mathematics, physics,  information technology, nuclear and particle physics, earth sciences and astronomy, chemistry,  biology, human and social sciences, ecology and the environment, engineering.
Main figures (network, people, production, impact):
  • Main player in French research with : 1,256 affiliated laboratories :
o      100+ proprietary laboratories (owned and run by CNRS)
o      100+ joint labs with industry or other research organizations
o   1,150+ joint labs in partnership with universities
o   Out of which 22 « UMI » ( International ):    5 in Asia
  • Largest Research organization in Europe : 32,000
o   11,600 researchers
o   14,400 support staff
o     6,000 short-term positions (PhD students, post-docs, visiting scholars…)
  • Total staff working at 1,200 CNRS labs: 75,000 (including university payroll)
  • 24,500 articles in international scientific journals:
o   55% of all publications in France
o   16 Nobel Prizes
o    11 Fields Medals
CNRS plays a key structuring role in the global network of scientific collaborations and has developed a range of cooperation tools:
·       85 bilateral agreements with 60 countries                           
·        368 International scientific cooperation programs                
·        123 European/International associated labs (LIA)              
·        90 European/International cooperation networks (GDRI)  
·        22 International mixed units (UMI)                                    
·       27 International mixed units with the French Ministry of Foreignand European Affairs (UMIFRE)
·       11 representative offices abroad (R.O.).
10 Representative Offices abroad ( 4 in ASIA)
·         The North Asia office :covers : Japan, Korea, Taiwan, located in : Tokyo, Japan
·         The China office :covers : China , located in : Beijing, China
·         The A.S.E.A.N. office :covers:10 nations of A.S.E.A.N. , located in : Hanoi, Vietnam
·         The India office :covers : the Indian sub-continent, located in : New Delhi, India
A range of Agreements : 
·         4 main types of Agreements for international scientific cooperation
·         The selection of projects is based on their Excellence and Novelty.
·         Projects involving young researchers are given priority.
Basic level :International Programs for Scientific CooperationPICS
·         PICS :  3-year, non-renewable program based on an ongoing collaborative relationship 
(having already resulted in at least 1 co-publication).
·         PICS : approval by the relevant CNRS scientific department,researchers must respond jointly to a call for proposals, which is sent out once a year (from February 1st to March 31)
·         PICS : is implemented after a positive co-evaluation by the CNRS and thesponsoring foreign research organization.
·         PICS : funding aims at mobility : visits, meetings, and small equipment.
Intermediary level / Multilateral :International Research NetworksGDRI:
·         GDRI :  a research network, devoid of any legal status which connects public and/or private laboratories. 
·         GDRI: set up for a 4-year period, renewable twice.
·         GDRI : brings together several laboratories from two or more countries to coordinate research on a specific topic.
·         GDRI :  funding is used mainly for mobility, seminars and workshops.
Intermediary level / Bilateral :International Associated LaboratoryLIA brings together two ‘partner’ institutionswhich contribute human and material resourcesto a jointly-defined project
·      LIA :   the laboratories retain their independence and legal status,as well their directors and separate locations.
·      LIA :  2 co-directors are appointed to head the LIA. The LIA is coordinated by a scientific management committee,which submits a research program to the steering committee,itself composed of representatives of the two institutions  possibly as well established scientists from outside the LIA.
·      LIA :   agreement runs for 4 years, renewable once
·      LIA :   joint funding for : mobility, staff assigned, small equipment.
Ultimate Level / Bilateral :International Joint UnitsUMI:
·         UMI : actually brings together researchers, engineers, and techniciansfrom  CNRS and from one other country’s institution
·         UMIs : located either in France or in another country staffed by personnel from both the CNRS and the partner country
·         UMI : first created in 2002. in France, status similar to CNRS joint research units (UMR)
between: CNRS
 and other French institutions (mainly universities)
·         UMI : headed by a Director, jointly named by CNRS and the foreign partner institution, the  Director is responsible for the management of all resource made available to the laboratory.