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CNRS Foundation

The CNRS, the only French multidisciplinary research organization, a key player in international research and a recognized innovator, combines excellence, freedom of research, transdisciplinarity and valorization of results. These are all values that the institution applies to research that is open to economic and social issues. The wealth of the CNRS lies in its staff and their unique ability to push back the frontiers of knowledge in all fields.

To mark its 80th anniversary, the CNRS is creating the CNRS Foundation in 2019 to support the work of its scientists. Sponsorship, donations and legacies are all levers that contribute to its development.

Board of Directors

The CNRS Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, which defines the Foundation’s general policy, sets strategic directions, votes on budgets and approves the accounts. The Board is made up of the CNRS President and CEO, the CNRS Director General for Science, two staff representatives and three qualified personalities. This composition allows a vision of the scientific priorities of the founding organization, representatives of the economic world and of civil society.

CNRS representatives
Antoine Petit
Antoine Petit CNRS President


Alain Schuhl
Alain Schuhl

CNRS Director General for Science

Qualified personalities
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon Treasurer

Honoray professor at Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques

Ilham Kadri
Ilham Kadri

CEO of the Solvay group

Louis Schweitzer
Louis Schweitzer

Président d'honneur de Renault

CNRS Staff representatives
Pierre-Yves Saillant
Pierre-Yves Saillant

Research engineer Member of the scientific council of the CNRS

Yannick Bourlès
Yannick Bourlès

Research engineer elected to the CNRS Board of Directors

Permanent guest
Michel Mortier
Michel Mortier Director general of the fondation

The CNRS in a few figures

The CNRS is a national organisation, present in all regions and close to everyone. Today, it is the largest public research organisation in Europe and the second largest in the world.

Helping its scientists to maintain this position also means helping France to remain a country of science and knowledge, enabling the innovations of tomorrow, contributing to France’s sovereignty and promoting its research.


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