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French Research Landscape: Service


Universities, along with the national organizations (such as CNRS, INSERM or INRIA), are the main players in research in France. Most French research is undertaken within the frame of joint units called a “UMR” (Unités Mixtes de Recherche or Joint Research Units). A UMR brings together researchers, faculty members, engineers and technicians from several institutions (including universities, schools and national research organizations) to work on a joint scientific theme. UMR’s are the basic building blocks of French public research.

The White Paper on higher education and research (2017) was presented to Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research and to Thierry Mandon, State Secretary for Higher Education and Research on January 31, 2017. The national research strategy is oriented towards the innovation and the valorisation of research results that help our society, but also towards the scientific, technical and industrial culture. More


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French research priorities:

  • France Europe 2020, a strategic agenda (2013): The stake in the France Europe Agenda 2020 is to allow French research, in all its diversity, to answer 10 big scientific, technological, economic and societal challenges of the coming decades. Strategic Agenda

  • Industry of the future (2015): The project Industry of the Future, launched by the President of the French Republic François Hollande on April 14 2015, will play an essential role in the second phase of the initiative ‘New Industrial France’ with the objective of enabling each company to modernize its industrial tools and to change its economic model through modern technology. Industry of the Future

  • The national roadmap for research infrastructures (2016): In order to provide the Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research with the necessary tools to manage main research instruments, a centralized spreadsheet of the main French research infrastructures was created for the first time in 2008. More about the Roadmap

  • The state of higher education and research in France (2015) assesses the French system of higher education and research in order to develop statistics and gauge its place at an international level in comparison to other education systems. More

  • The innovation Report in France (2016): This report allows us to view France’s innovation capacity in comparison to the rest of the world, thanks to 30 indicators. To see the report.

 French research actors:

  • French Universities and Research Institutions (such as CNRS, INSERM or INRIA)

  • Overview of the CNRS cooperation with Australia :

    • On the CNRS Website

    • New joint CNRS laboratories France-Australia labellized in 2016:

      • LIA REDOCHROM : CNRS ANU-UWA : Organo-metallic assemblies redox-active and multipolar for photonics and molecular electronics

      • LIA CANECEV : Deakin University: Roles of cancer in Ecology and Evolution

      • LIA GEDESIK : University of Melbourne -Geometry Driven Signal and Image Processing

      • LIA NANOCLUSTERS : University of Split and the University of Melbourne – Biosensors and reactivity

  • Joint labs CNRS-industry: Joint Lab CNRS Industry report 2017

  • ANR (National Research Agency) provides funding for project-based research in all fields of science to public research organizations and universities, as well as to private companies. Employing a method based on competitive peer reviews compliant with international standards, ANR provides the scientific community with instruments and programs promoting creativity and openness, and stimulate new ideas and partnerships, particularly between academia and industry. In 2015, ANR received 528 million euros for funding of projects and 26.6 billion euros for the Program of Investments of Future. Its activity also contributes to enhancing the competitiveness and the influence of French research in Europe and across the world

Overview of French Research
Principal French Reseach Actors
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