Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public funded research organisation under the administrative authority of France’s Ministry of Research. CNRS research units are located throughout France, and employ a large body of tenured researchers, engineers and support staff. Laboratories are all on renewable four-year contracts, with bi-evaluation. As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carries out research in all fields of knowledge with its ten scientific institutes. CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists of different disciplines in particular with universities thus opening new fields of inquiry to meet social and economic needs. CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs which bring together various CNRS departments as well as other research institutions and industry.