The CNRS Scientific Board ensures the consistency of the CNRS' scientific policy in coordination with all the National Committee's scientific advisory bodies.
It also considers:
- the general guidelines of the CNRS' scientific policy
- the common principles for assessing the quality of research and the researchers' activity
- the creation or termination of programs concerning one or several institutes
- the methods for distributing financial and human resources among the institutes, programs concerning several institutes, and common services
- the strategic plan and the multi-year contract (between the French government and the CNRS)
It issues an opinion on proposed nominations of members for the Institute Scientific Boards and may request the opinion of the CNRS Ethics Committee.
The President of the Scientific Board sits on the Board of Directors and has an advisory vote.
The CNRS Scientific Board has 30 members who are elected or appointed from the scientific and economic communities. The Board meets at least three times a year:
- 11 Members are directly elected by and from the CNRS staff and people contributing to its activities.
- 19 members (including three from the economic community) are appointed by the French Research Ministry, nominated by the CNRS President or by members of the CNRS Scientific Board, including eight foreign members, five of whom work in European Union countries (excluding France).
A Bureau, with a President and four members, is elected at the start of each mandate.
At the start of each new mandate, themed workgroups are created based on the recommendations of Scientific Board members and CNRS management.
These workgroups are responsible for preparing recommendations. At the end of the mandate, they submit a summary report on their deliberations.
The Scientific Board for the 2010-2014 mandates has set up six workgroups:
- Partnerships (headed by Mr. Patrick Maestro)
- Joint Research Units (UMR) and the New Research Landscape (headed by Mrs. Laurence Eymard)
- Very Large Research Infrastructures (TGIR) (headed by Mr. François Bonnarel)
- Biology (headed by Mr. Alain Trautmann)
- Engineers/Technicians/Administrative Staff (ITA) (headed by Mr. Philippe Jauffret)
- Recruitment at CNRS (headed by Mrs. Renée Ventura-Clapier)