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The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a government-funded research organization, under the administrative authority of France’s Ministry of Research. Founded in 1939 by governmental decree, CNRS has the following missions:

  • To evaluate and carry out all research capable of advancing knowledge and bringing social, cultural, and economic benefits for society.
  • To contribute to the application and promotion of research results.
  • To develop scientific information.
  • To support research training.
  • To participate in the analysis of the national and international scientific climate and its potential for evolution in order to develop a national policy.

CNRS research fields As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carried out research in all fields of knowledge, through its seven institutes:

  • Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB)
  • Institute of Chemistry (INC)
  • Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE)
  • Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS)
  • Institute for Information Sciences and Technologies (INS2I)
  • Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS)
  • Institute of Physics (INP) and three national institutes:
  • National Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INSMI)
  • National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3)
  • National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy (INSU)

CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines in particular with the universities thus opening up new fields of research to meet social and economic needs. CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs which bring together various CNRS departments as well as other research institutions and industry. The 1100 CNRS laboratories (or research units) are located throughout France, and employ a large body of tenured researchers, engineers, and support staff (34000 including 11450 permanent researchers and 14180 permanent engineers and technicians).


Aix-Marseille Université is the largest university in France with more than 70000 students, including 4000 doctoral students and 10000 international students. It hosts more than 70 laboratories with 2000 researchers and 900 engineers, conducting research in medecine, biology, physics, mathematics, environmental and societal sciences, and having a large visibility at the European and international levels.


Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Marseille operates the University Hospital System in Marseille. It is one of the regional largest employers with 12000 paramedical staff and 2000 physicians including residents. The 3 missions of AP-HM are health care, teaching and research. APHM has an annual budget of 1.1 billion€ and offers over 3500 beds for hospitalization. Thanks to its investments in improvements of health care, research and continuing education, AP-HM can deliver the best possible patient care to the population, 24 hours a day, all year around. The training hospitals are open to partnerships with all actors of the region’s health system, including public and private hospitals and clinics and private medical practioners. AP-HM contributes actively to medical and pharmaceutical innovation in cooperation with Aix-Marseille University, CNRS and INSERM. It considers that research is a vital necessity for improving the quality of patient care. AP-HM expertise is recognized outside the region, nationally and internationally and pilots over 30 international cooperation programs, transferring its skills to a number of foreign institutions and countries. AP-HM has been actively supporting the activities of UMR 7339 since its creation in 1986 by providing additional human and financial resources to develop advanced projects in MR clinical research. More recently, it has significantly contributed to the development of CEMEREM by co-financing the construction of the new CEMEREM building inaugurated in 2008 on the Timone Hospital campus, and extended in 2013 to house the 7T whole-body MR system.