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 Staff representatives
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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CNRS in France
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