The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)
The French National Centre for Scientific Research is among the world’s leading research institutions.
Its scientists explore the living world, the universe and the functioning of human societies in order to address the major challenges of today and tomorrow.
Internationally recognised for the excellence of its scientific research, the CNRS is a leading example in the world of research and development, as well as for the general public.
With 450-580 co-publications per year over the last 5 years, the CNRS represents more than half of the co-publications with France and is the 2nd highest ranking foreign institution collaborating with South Africa, after the University of London and tied with the network of Universities of California.
CNRS collaborates mainly with the best institutions of the country: the University of Cape Town, the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Johannesburg and the University of Kwazulu Natal.
Its main scientific fields of cooperation with South Africa are of increasing importance: Physics, Astronomy-astrophysics, Environmental Sciences – Ecology, and Geology.
- Palaeosciences are one of the most dynamic discipline in the French - South African scientific collaboration ©MEAE
The University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand remain the main partners in these scientific fields.
The cooperation with the CNRS teams also uses the structuring institutional tools for partnership such as UMIFRE IFAS-Recherche, an international research lab dedicated to socioecosystems, an international network of researchin mathematics, international research projects in human palaeontology, in ecology-evolution, in atmospheric sciences and in geology.
A jointly defined procedure with the South African National Research Foundation allows its possible co-funding of IRP and IRN after evaluation.
Find out more about CNRS projects currently underway in South Africa.