The CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) is a government-funded research organization, under the administrative authority of France’s Ministry of Higher Education and Research. CNRS’s annual budget represents a quarter of French public spending on civilian research. As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carries out research in all fields of knowledge, via its eight CNRS Institutes: Institute of Chemistry (INC), Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE), Institute of Physics (INP), Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB), Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS), Institute for Computer Sciences (INS2I), Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS), Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INSMI) and its two national institutes with national missions, the National Institute of Earth Sciences and Astronomy (INSU) and the National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3). CNRS maintains its own laboratories as well as joint laboratories with universities, other research organizations and industry throughout France and overseas in several countries. 

Measured by the amount of human and material resources it commits to scientific research or by the great range of disciplines in which its scientists carry on their work, the CNRS is clearly the hub of research activity in France. It is also an important breeding ground for scientific and technological innovation, and has been one of the most active participants to previous and current European Framework Programs. Over the past years, the CNRS has acquired an outstanding experience in coordinating FP Projects.