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The French National Centre for Scientific Research, or CNRS, is a public research organization, under the responsability of the French Ministry of Education and Research. Founded in 1939, CNRS has the following missions: To evaluate and carry out all research capable of advancing knowledge and bringing social, cultural, and economical benefits.

As well as:
  • Contribute to the promotion and application of research results;
  • Develop scientific information;
  • Support research training;
  • Participate in the analysis of the national and international scientific climate and its potential for evolution in order to develop a national policy.

CNRS has been a source of intellectual inspiration for several leading researchers worldwide. 21 Nobel prize laureates and 12 Fields Medal winners have worked in CNRS joint research units; 360 researchers have obtained an ERC (European Research Council) grant. Over 31,600 people contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge at CNRS.

CNRS is represented in Southeast Asia by its  regional office based in Singapore.


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