With over 32,000 employees (including 26,000 permanent members of personnel – 11,600 researchers and 14,400 engineers, technicians and administrative members of personnel) and a budget in 2009 of 3.367 billion euros, 607 million of which it has personally funded, the CNRS practices its activity in all fields of knowledge, relying on more than 1,200 research and service units set up across France.
Eminent researchers have worked for CNRS laboratories at some point in their career and, with 16 Nobel Prize-winners and 9 Fields Medal winners, the CNRS has a long tradition of excellence.
The CNRS is a member of the French National Alliance for Life and Health Sciences (Aviesan), set up in April 2009 along with the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), French National Institute for Agricultural Research (Inra), French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (Inria), French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), French Research Institute for Development (IRD), Institut Pasteur, French Association of University Vice-Chancellors and French Association of University Hospital CEOs. Within Aviesan, the CNRS aims to help coordinate the national policy for life and health sciences (by organizing platforms, pooling initiatives and through national and international representation).
The French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) conducts research in all scientific, technological and societal fields thanks to its ten institutes.
The INSB’s mission is to develop and coordinate research in biological sciences with the aim of better understanding life in all its complexity, starting at the level of atoms and biomolecules, extending to cells and thought, through to organisms and populations.
The INSIS’s mission is to ensure the Fundamental Research – Engineering – Technology continuum by taking the "systems" approach, starting with the development of disciplines at the heart of the institute.
The INC’s mission is to develop and coordinate research into developing new compounds, understanding chemical reactivity, and delving ever deeper into and predicting relationships between the structure of compounds at the atomic level and their properties.
The INEE’s mission is to develop and coordinate research carried out in the fields of ecology and environment, including biodiversity and interactions between humans and environment.
The INSHS’s mission is to develop research on humans, from the development of language and knowledge to economic, social and political activities.
The INP’s mission is to develop and coordinate research in the field of physics, with two main motives: to understand the world and to respond to current societal challenges.
The INSMI’s mission is to develop and coordinate research in different branches of mathematics, combining fundamental aspects with applications.
The INS2I’s mission is to develop research in the fields of computer sciences and their interactions.
The INSU’s mission is to develop and coordinate research with a national and international dimension in astronomy, earth sciences, ocean sciences, atmospheric and space sciences.
The IN2P3’s mission is to develop and coordinate research carried out in the field of nuclear, particle and astroparticle physics.