France

Resources for French Sciences

Academical research in France

In France, academic research is essentially conducted in scientific laboratories or institutes, most of which being mixed units of research between one of the French universities (or “Grandes Ecoles”) and one of the research organism such as the CNRS, INSERM, INRA etc…
Organisation of Research and Technology in France http://www.cordis.lu/france/org.htm
Complete list of Universities http://www.education.gouv.fr/sup/univ.htm
Major Scientific Organisms

A complete list of the French scientific organisms is available in Resources section.

  • Atomic Energy Commission
  • Institute of Agricultural and environmental engineering research
  • Agricultural Research Centre for International Development
  • National Center for Space Studies
  • National Center for Scientific Research
  • French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea
  • National Institute for Agricultural Research
  • National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control
  • Institute of Health and Medical Research
  • Institut Pasteur
  • Research Institute for the Development

Technological research in France

Promoting technological innovation and bringing public research closer to the industrial world are French Government priorities.
Since July 1999, the Law on Innovation and Research has provided a general framework to promote partnerships between the public research community and enterprises. Additional measures taken by the Ministry of Research and New Technology have reinforced the creation of innovative companies and public-private partnerships, and have helped young researchers to integrate into enterprises.

For more information:
http://www.cordis.lu/france/org_mesures.htm

French universities

A list of the French universities is available on the website of the French Ministry of Education: http://www.education.gouv.fr/sup/univ.htm

Main research organisms

Here is the list of the main French organisms that make or support scientific research:
ADEME – French Environment and Energy Management Agency: http://www.ademe.fr/anglais/vadefault.htm
ANDRA – National radioactive waste management agency: http://www.andra.fr/sommaire.en.php3
ANRS – National Agency of AIDS research: http://www.anrs.fr
ANVAR – The French Agency for Innovation: http://www.anvar.com
BRGM – Geological and Mining Research Agency: http://www.brgm.fr
CEA – Atomic Energy Commission: http://www.cea.fr/default_gb.htm
CEE – A research Center on Employment: http://www.cee-recherche.fr/uk
CEMAGREF – Institute of Agricultural and environmental engineering research: http://www.cemagref.fr/English
CEPH – Study Center of Human Polymorphism: http://www.cephb.fr
CINES – National Computer Center of Higher Education: http://www.cines.fr/anglais0.html
CIRAD – Agricultural Research Centre for International Development: http://www.cirad.fr/en/index.php
CNED – National Center for Distance learning: http://www.cned.fr/Etablissement/index.htm?URLCORPS=english
CNES – National Center for Space Studies: http://www.cnes.fr/html/_455_.php
CNDP – National Center of Teaching Documentation: http://www.cndp.fr
CNG – National Genotyping Center: http://www.cng.fr
CNRS – National Center for Scientific Research: http://www.cnrs.fr/index.html
CNRSSP – National Research Center for Polluted Sites and Soils: http://www.cnrssp.org/english
CNRG – National Research Consortium for Genomics: http://rng.cnrg.fr/?id=&origin=&plt=&lang=en
CNS – National Sequencing Center: http://www.cns.fr/externe/English/corps_anglais.html
CSTB – Scientific and Technical Center for building: http://international.cstb.fr
FNCLCC – National Federation of French Cancer Centres:http://www.fnclcc.fr/doc/pdf/anglais/FNCLCC_english.pdf
FRM – Foundation for Medical Research: http://www.frm.org
Genethon – Gene Therapies research and applications center: http://www.genethon.fr/php/index_us.php
GENOPOLE – Dedicated to research in genetics, genomics, post-genomics and related sciences and to the development of biotechnology companies: http://www.genopole.org/html/en/home
IFP – French Institute of petroleum: http://www.ifp.fr/IFP/en/aa.htm
IFREMER – French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea: http://www.ifremer.fr/anglais
IGBMC – Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cell Biology: http://www-igbmc.u-strasbg.fr/TopE.html
IGR – Institute Gustave Roussy: http://www.igr.fr/GB/php
INED – National Institute for demographic studies: http://www.ined.fr/englishversion
INERIS – National Institute for industrial environment and risks: http://www.ineris.fr/en
Infobiogenhttp://www.infobiogen.fr/page_accueil_en.html
INRA – National Institute for Agricultural Research: http://www.inra.fr/english
INRETS – The French National Institute for Transport and Safety Research: http://www.inrets.fr/index.e.html
INRIA – National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control: http://www.inria.fr/index.en.html
INRP – National Institute for Educational Research: http://www.inrp.fr
INSERM – Institute of Health and Medical Research: http://www.inserm.fr/servcom/servcom.nsf/(Web+Startup+Page)?ReadForm&english
Institut Curiehttp://www.curie.fr/index.cfm/lang/_gb.htm
Institut Jacques Monodhttp://www.ijm.jussieu.fr/indexANG.html
Institut Pasteur of Lillehttp://www.pasteur-lille.fr/fr/accueil
Institut Pasteur http://www.pasteur.fr/english.html
INTS – National Institute of blood transfusion: http://www.ints.fr
IPEV – French Polar Institute Paul-Emile Victor: http://www.ipev.fr
IRD – Research Institute for the Development: http://www.ird.fr/us
IRSN – Institute for radiation hygiene and nuclear safety: http://www.irsn.fr
LCPC – French Public Works Research Laboratory: http://www.lcpc.fr/en/home.dml
ONERA – National Aerospace Research Establishment: http://www.onera.fr/english.html
OST – Observatory of Science and Technique: http://www.obs-ost.fr/en
RENATER – National Network for technology, learning and research: http://www.renater.fr
RNG – National Genopole Network: http://rng.cnrg.fr/index.php3?lang=en

Scientific press in French

FranceST
Futura-sciences (in french)
La Recherche (in french)
Industries et technologies (in french)
Pour la Science (in french)
Sciences et Avenir (in french)
Biofutur (in french)
Anvar actu (in french)
Canal U (in french)
IsraelValley (in french)

Innovation in France

France-science.org
Oséo-Anvar – the French agency for Innovation
INPI – National Institute for Intellectual property (in French)
EPO – European Patent Office