The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is a major player in basic research on the global stage and the only organisation in France that is active in all fields of science. Its unique position as a specialist in multiple fields means that it can bring together different scientific disciplines to shed light on and gain insight into current global challenges, in partnership with public sector, social and economic stakeholders. Together the sciences are used to bring about sustainable progress that benefits the whole of society.

4 billion Euro budget
33,000 employees, including 28,000 scientists
1100 research laboratories in France and abroad


The CNRS, a major player in research and innovation at on the global stage

Leading basic research to benefit society across all its spheres of competence
Our vision


The CNRS tops the leader board in international rankings

4th in the 2020 Nature Index ranking
2nd in the 2019 SCImago Institutions Rankings
6th most patents filed in France in 2022

Our assets for the international stage

The assets that make the CNRS a partner of choice in major international projects:

  • Research and engineering teams of recognised excellence;
  • Solid scientific networks and structured collaborations, which also involve industry;
  • Proven expertise in steering and coordinating international teams;
  • The ability to commit over the long term;
  • Successful international partnerships that have resulted in a number of major discoveries.


A committed employer 

Since 2005, the CNRS has been committed to a Continuous Improvement Process, which involves actions in the areas of professional ethics, recruitment, quality of life and occupational safety, non-discrimination, gender equality and professional development. Since 2015, it has been signed up to the European Human Resources Strategy for Research (HRS4R) and was awarded the label HR Excellence in Research by the European Commission in 2017, renewed in 2023.

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Mission for Women’s Integration

In 2001, as the issues of professional equality were permeating the social and political space, the CNRS created the Mission for Women’s Integration (MPDF). For the past 20 years, the MPDF has continued to broaden its sphere of action and developed the following four major objectives: promoting equality at work, encouraging girls to consider careers in science and technology, supporting and encouraging research that includes a gender dimension, and pushing forward all these actions on an international scale, through a number of partnerships.

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