Public research agencies in France

ADEME, Agence De l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie

ADEME provides its expertise and assistance to the businesses, local authorities, and public for helping them to progress in their sustainable development efforts by: - encouraging research and innovation, - helping to take appropriate decisions - developing tools and investments, - promoting best practices, - favouring a local approach.

Contact: ADEME, 27 rue Louis Vicat F-75737 PARIS CEDEX 15, tel. 0033 1 47 65 20 00 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0033 1 47 65 20 00 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, fax : 00331 46 45 52 36,

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ADIT, Agency for the Dissemination of Technology Information

The ADIT’s mission is to collect, process and disseminate international science and technology information with the aim to help French companies’ development. ADIT is particularly involved in:
-  the development of an efficient technology and strategy watch in the French industry ;
-  the prospective work regarding word-wide evolution of science and technology ;
-  the dissemination of synthetic reports focusing on technology and industry strategies in France and abroad.

Contact: ADIT, Head Office, 27 bis quai Anatole France 75007 Paris, tél. +33 1 44 18 31 39, fax +33 1 45 51 50 96,

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ANDRA, Agence Nationale pour a Gestion des Déchets Radioactifs

Andra has to design and implement the management of nuclear waste produced in France, in order to keep our environment clean on long term. Therefore, Andra has three missions: -research: possibility of storage in deep geological structures for highly radioactive waste with long term radioactivity, - assistance for industry: manage low and medium radioactive waste in surface storage centres, - information: clear and reliable answers to the questions of the public.

Contacts: Andra,1/7, rue Jean Monnet, Parc de la Croix-Blanche, F-92298 Châtenay-Malabry cedex and

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ANR, Agence Nationale de la Recherche

The Agence Nationale de la Recherche - ANR - has been created in February 2005. It is similar to the British Research Councils. Its goal is to enhance the number of research projects from the national science community. Financial support occurs from applications and after peer review. ANR applications originate from both public research and industry: new knowledge and interactions and partnership between publics institutes and private labs are sought.

Contacts: ANR, 1, rue Descartes, F-75231 Paris Cedex 05
Tél : 00331 55 55 90 90, Fax : 0033 1 55 55 97 80

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ANRS, Agence Nationale de Recherche sur le Sida

The task of ANRS is to coordinate and support in France and developing countries the research on AIDS and hepatitis.

Contacts: 101, rue de Tolbiac, F-75013 Paris, Tel: + Fax: +
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OSEO ANVAR, Agence Nationale de Valorisation de la Recherche

The mission of OSÉO is to support innovation and technology transfer, providing assistance and financial support.

Ex-ANVAR (French Innovation Agency) was created in 1968 to promote the results of scientific research. Since 1979, ANVAR has been supporting innovation (repayable short-term loans, grants...), helping project bearers, entrepreneurs and SMEs.
OSEO group, which is a holding with public status, was born in 2005, by bringing together ANVAR (French innovation agency) and BDPME (SME development bank), around a mission of general interest supporting the regional and national policies.

Contacts : 27/31 Avenue du général Leclerc, 94710 Maisons-Alfort Cedex
Tél. : 01 41 79 91 00 - Fax : 01 41 79 95 95

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BRGM, Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières

BRGM is France’s leading public institution involved in geosciences.
It has been assigned two objectives:
- Understand geological phenomena, develop new methodologies and techniques, and produce and disseminate pertinent, high-quality data
- Provide public authorities with the necessary tools for drawing up policies for surface, subsurface and resource management, prevent natural risks and pollution, and regional development and planning

Its activities cover eight thematic areas: mineral resources ; water ; development planning and natural risks ; contaminated land and waste management ; environmental metrology ; mapping and geo-information ; geothermal energy and geological storage of CO2 ; digital information systems.

Contacts : BRGM, Tour Mirabeau, 39-43, quai André Citroën, 75739 Paris Cedex 15, France, Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 58 89 00, Fax: +33 (0)1 40 58 89 33,

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CEA, French Atomic Energy Commission

CEA’s missions are:
-  the research in energy, information and health technologies, and defence and national security ;
-  the building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research ;
-  the dissemination of its knowledge and technologies.

Contact: CEA Head Office 31-33, rue de la Fédération 75752, Paris cedex 15 Tél. : (33) 1-40-56-10-00,

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Cemagref - Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Research

Research conducted at Cemagref focuses on agricultural and environmental engineering. As a public body, its missions are:
-  to develop tools and expertise in environmental science: building of knowledge on environmental systems (favouring medium-scale and integrated approaches);
-  to explore links between the sustainable management of land and of water: developing research on the role of water in land dynamics, considering the governance issues raised on different scales by water management;
-  To strengthen and structure research on certain hazards: forest fires, floods and droughts, avalanches and landslides, agricultural pollutions, emerging pollution on natural environments, hydraulic infrastructures breakage, water networks risks, risks related to the use of agricultural equipment, food preservation hazards.

postal aPostal address: Cemagref Antony
Parc de Tourvoie
BP 44, F 92163 Antony Cedex
Fax. +33 1 40 96 62 25 Geographical address:
14 avenue du Parc des Sports
F 94260 Fresnes
Tel. +33 1 40 96 61 21

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CIRAD - Agricultural Research Centre for International Development

CIRAD is a French agricultural research centre working for international development. Most of its research is conducted in partnership.
CIRAD has chosen sustainable development as the cornerstone of its operations worldwide. This means taking account of the long-term ecological, economic and social consequences of change in developing communities and countries. CIRAD contributes to development through research and trials, training, dissemination of information, innovation and appraisals. Its expertise spans the life sciences, human sciences and engineering sciences and their application to agriculture and food, natural resource management and society.

Contacts: Head Office
42, rue Scheffer
75116 Paris
France Tel: +33 1 53 70 20 00
Fax: +33 1 47 55 15 30

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CNES, French National Centre for Space

The Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe.
Its task is to invent the space systems of the future, bring space technologies to maturity and guarantee France’s independent access to space. It conceives and executes space programmes with its partners in the scientific community and industry, and is closely involved in many international cooperation programmes-the key to any far-reaching space policy.
CNES activities focus on: access to space; civil applications of space; sustainable development; science and technology research.

Contacts : Centre national d’études spatiales, 2 place Maurice Quentin, F-75039 PARIS CEDEX 01, France, Tel : +33 (0)1 44 76 75 00,

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CNRG - National Consortium for Research in Genomics

CNRG’s missions are to facilitate and participate to national policy regarding genomics and functional genomics. It offers the French scientific community the necessary large equipment and technology for this research.

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CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

CNRS is a research organisation for fundamental research. Its missions are: - assessing, executing the research of interest for the advancement of sciences and for economic, social and cultural welfare, - contributing to use and value of research results, - developing scientific information by the use of French language - playing its part in skills for and to research, - participating to the analysis of national and international state of art and future trends.
Contacts : 3,rue Michel-Ange, F-75794 Paris cedex 16, France,Tel. +33 1 44 96 40 00, Fax : +33 1 44 96 53 90,

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Technical Building Centre

CSTB collaborates with contracting authorities, architects, research offices, manufacturers and entrepreneurs, and helps the French public authorities to define technical regulations and ensure the quality of buildings. In its quest to improve well-being and safety in buildings, CSTB plies four complementary trades:
-  the research in all fields related to building;
-  the advanced engineering (consulting);
-  the quality assessment (standardisation, qualification, assessment of professional software);
-  the dissemination of knowledge (publications, training).

Contact: CSTB Head Office, 84, av. Jean Jaurès Champs sur Marne, F-77447 Marne la Vallée CEDEX 2, Tél : +33 1 64 68 82 82, Fax : +33 1 60 05 70 37,

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Ifremer, French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea

The Ifremer’s missions are as follows:
-  Ensure better knowledge, assessment, value enhancement and streamlining in the exploitation of marine resources;
-  Improve knowledge and means to protect and restore the marine environment;
-  Enhance the socio-economic development of the maritime world;
-  Provide assistance to the government, public authorities and organisations concerned with scientific, technical or economic research;
-  Create and manage facilities of national interest (fleet);
-  Gather, disseminate and enhance national and international oceanographic information;
-  Contribute to implementing of agreements and conventions for international cooperation in the marine field.

Contact: Contact: IFREMER, 155, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 92138 Issy-les-Moulineaux Cedex, France
Tel.: 00 33 1 46 48 21 00, fax: 00 33 1 46 48 21 21,

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IFP, French Petroleum Institute

IFP is a scientific research and industrial development, training, and information services centre active in the fields of oil & natural gas, their use, in particular by vehicles, and new energy and environmental technologies (production of fuels from biomass, biofuels, hydrogen, the capture and storage of CO2, etc.).
IFP develops and transfers the technologies needed to produce, transform, and use energy to meet the growing needs of the transport and petrochemicals sectors in a way that can be sustained for the rest of the 21st century.

Contact: IFP, 1 & 4, avenue de Bois-Préau, 92852 Rueil-Malmaison Cedex, France
Tel.: 00 33 1 47 52 60 00, fax: 00 33 1 47 52 70 00,

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INERIS, National Institute for Industrial Environment and Risks

INERIS’ mission is to assess and prevent accidental and chronic risks to people and the environment originating from industrial activities, chemical substances and underground works.
INERIS engages in two main sorts of research and studies:
-  characterisation and understanding of the phenomena that underlie the risks affecting the safety of property, people, health and the environment as a result of economic activities.
-  improvement of the identification and evaluation of such risks in order to enable decision-makers in the public and private sectors to adopt the most appropriate measures to improve environmental safety.
Using the findings of this research works, INERIS offers advice and high-level technical expertise to public administrations, industry and regional authorities and develops an active policy for disseminating information to a wide public. Technical consultation is also provided to support Public Authorities in their regulatory and standardisation activity.

Contact: INERIS, Parc Technologique ALATA, BP 2, 60550 Verneuil-en-Halatte, France, Tel.: 00 33 3 44 55 66 77, fax: 00 33 3 44 55 66 99,

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INRA - National Institute for Agronomic Research

INRA’s missions are:
-  to produce and disseminate scientific knowledge in the fields of agriculture, food and human health and environment;
-  to develop innovations and know-how for the benefit of society ;
-  to inform through its expertise decision-making by public and private sector players ;
-  to develop scientific and technical culture and participate in the science/society debate;
-  to contribute to training in and through research.


147 rue de l’Université
75338 Paris Cedex 07
FRANCE Tel: +33 1 42 75 90 00
Fax: +33 1 47 05 99 66

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INRETS, National Institute for Transport and Safety Research

INRETS has the following tasks:
-  to collect and develop scientific knowledge through a global approach of transports system;
-  to carry out evaluative and advisory studies;
-  to contribute to the general trend of higher education;
-  to promote the research results within the framework of economic partnerships;
-  to circulate the acquired knowledge among a wide audience.

Contact: INRETS, 2, Avenue du Général Malleret-Joinville, F-94114 ARCUEIL CEDEX, Tel : +33 1 47 40 70 00, Fax : +33 1 45 47 56 06,

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INRIA, Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique

Missions of INRIA are: - basic and applied research in information and communication sciences and technologies - to achieve experimental systems - to organise international scientific exchanges - to foster transfer and diffusion of knowledge and know-how, - to contribute to value of research results, - to participate to cooperation programmes for development, - to provide scientific expertise, - to contribute to standardisation.
Contacts : Domaine de Voluceau, Rocquencourt, B.P. 105, F-78153 Le Chesnay Cedex , France, Tel. : +33 1 39 63 55 11, Fax : +33 1 39 63 53 30,

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INSERM, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale

Created in 1964, Inserm is a public institution with a scientific and technical vocation, under the dual auspices of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Research. Inserm is the only French public research body entirely dedicated to human health. Its researchers are committed to studying all diseases, whether common or rare, through their research in the fields of biology, medicine and public health.

Inserm’s principal mission is to facilitate exchange between :

-  Basic research, sometimes defined as “guided by curiosity”, designed to shed light on the unknown, without any specific objective;
-  Clinical research, conducted in patients;
-  Therapeutic or diagnostic research, the purpose of which is to study diseases;
-  Public health research, aimed at gaining a better understanding of health mechanisms, notably through the study of particular population groups.

In order to fulfil this mission, the Institute has worked in close partnership with other public or private research institutions and care centres such as Hospitals from the outset. Today, 85% of Inserm’s 360 research laboratories are housed within university hospital or cancer treatment centres, the others being located on research campuses of the CNRS (French scientific research institute) or of the Pasteur and Curie Institutes.

Contacts : 101 rue de Tolbiac, F- 75654 PARIS cedex 13 , France,
Tel. : +33 1 44 23 60 00 / Fax : +33 1 45 85 68 56

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Institut Curie

Founded by Marie Curie and Claudius Régaud, the Curie Institute, is a private non-profit foundation, accredited public utility since 1921. For over eighty years, true to the wishes of Marie Curie and Claudius Regaud, the Curie Institute has been pursuing two connected goals in the fight against cancer: patient management and oncology research.

In Paris and in Orsay, over 1,700 people currently work for the curie Institute’s hospital and research centre. Interdisciplinary cooperation between clinicians and scientists is at the heart of the Curie Institue’s culture and know-how, aiming to make the very most recent progress in cancer research available to patients as quickly as possible.

The research centre is made up of number of laboratories associated with the CNRS or Inserm (France’s national research institutions), furthering our understanding of how normal and cancerous cells work, in order to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Supporting the meeting of doctors and researchers around innovating programs, on ultramodern technical platforms (genomic, cellular biology, bioinformatic, banks of tissues and serum), the Department of transfer and pre-clinical development occupies an essential key position to ensure the fast passage of progress of research towards the patient, the passage from the concept to the medical practice.

Every year, some 75,000 people including 7,500 new patients come to the Hospital, a private institution working within the French national hospital system, for outpatient visits and tests.

Thanks to the support and generosity of our donors, the Curie Institute can prepare for the future and meet new scientific challenges.

Contacts : 26 rue d’Ulm F-75248 Paris cedex 05 , France
Paris office : +33 1 42 34 66 00

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Institut Pasteur

Institut Pasteur is a non-profit private foundation which contributes to the prevention and treatment of disease, primarily infectious diseases, through research, education, and public health activities.

The Institut Pasteur foundation has set itself the following objectives:

-  The study of infectious, parasitic and immune-system diseases, together with the means of preventing and fighting such diseases;
-  The pursuit and development of research into micro-organisms, their role in natural, normal or pathological processes, and the reactions that they induce;
-  The study and teaching of all aspects of microbiology, together with the training of scientific and technical personnel, with a view to promoting research in fundamental and applied microbiology;
-  The study of all theoretical or practical phenomena related to microbiology, immunology or, generally, fundamental or applied biology, and research in these fields.

The institut has three spheres of activity:

The Institut Pasteur brings together three fields of activity -which are : research, education and public health- on its Parisian campus with almost 2500 individuals, within an independent international network of Pasteur institutes, which constitutes an original and autonomous body, the only one of its kind in the world.

Contacts : 25-28 rue du Docteur Roux, F-75724 Paris CEDEX 15, France, tel. 00331 45 68 80 00, fax 00331 43 06 98 35

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IRD - Research Institute for Development

French public Science and Technology Research Institute IRD has three main missions: research, consultancy and training. The scientific programmes conducted contribute to the sustainable development of Southern countries, with an emphasis on the relationship between man and the environment.

Head Office
213, rue La Fayette
75 480 PARIS Cedex 10
France Tel: +33 1 48 03 77 77
Fax: +33 1 48 03 08 29

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LCPC, Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées

The missions of LCPC are:
? To carry out research and studies into civil engineering, engineering geology, urban development and transport and their link with the environment
? To develop software and experiment kits to promote research and to carry out expert appraisals and consultancy work
? To direct, programme and assess the research and development of Planning and Design Centres (Centres d’études techniques de l’équipement, CETE) in its specialists areas
? To organise the inter-regional laboratories committee for road construction and maintenance (LRPC)
? To ensure coordination with European and international research, and take part in promoting French techniques abroad and supporting innovation
? To implement a scientific and technical information policy and ensure dissemination of the acquired knowledge, regulation and standardisation.

Contacts : 58, bd Lefebvre, 75732 PARIS CEDEX 15
Tél : 01 40 43 50 10 - Fax : 01 40 43 65 06

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ONERA, National Aerospace Research Centre

ONERA’s six key missions are:
to direct and conduct aeronautical research;
to support the commercialisation of this research by national and European industry;
to construct and operate the associated experimental facilities;
to supply industry with high-level technical analyses and other services;
to perform technical analyses for the government;
to train researchers and engineers.

Contact : ONERA Head Office BP72 - 29 avenue de la Division Leclerc F-92322 CHATILLON CEDEX Tel +33 1 46 73 40 40, Fax +33 1 46 73 41 41

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Published on 20/10/2010

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