Choosing France for your research project

Download our guide: "Research in France" to find out more about French research: how it works, its organisation, the main people and establishments involved.

How public research is organised in France

In France, researchers can conduct their research in different establishments : public research institutes such as the CNRS, universities, the Grandes Ecoles and the structures of excellence.

In research institutes, researchers work full time and do almost no teaching. On the other hand, in establishments such as the universities, researchers have the professor-researcher status and give classes at the same time as they do research.

In universities, research is conducted in mixed research units comprised of professor-researchers from the university and researchers from research institutes.

To find out more about research in France, download our guide "Research in France".

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