Fundamental Research Division
The DRF at the CEA assemble approximately 6,000 scientists since January 2016.
European ＆ international partnerships
The complexity of scientific and technical issues and the importance of implementing budgets has lead the Fundamental research division (DRF) to develop European and international partnerships. Along these lines, 70% of the DRF scientific publications are co-producted with international partners.
The recently launched EU-funded project GAIN4CROPS aims to improve photosynthetic efficiency of the oil crop sunflower using nature-inspired solutions and innovative breeding techniques. The 5-year 8M € project, funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, will pave the way for the introduction of strategic crops which might decrease the use of major resources in agriculture: land, nitrogen, and water.
Inaugurated in March 2019, the joint laboratory between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore and CEA displays its first series of publications co-signed by researchers from NTU, CEA-Iramis, ICSM and DES in Marcoule.
This summer, after being shut down for 20 months, the ESRF (European Synchrotron Radiation Facility) has once again opened its doors to scientists, boasting an X-ray source that is one hundred times more brilliant than before (the EBS, Extremely Brilliant Source). Researchers at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute of Grenoble (CEA-IRIG) are involved in designing new experiments using the new beamlines, which are smaller, more brilliant and more coherent.
Publication of a large set of interdisciplinary simulations to which researchers from LSCE (CEA-CNRS-UVSQ) have contributed offers an opportunity to assess the future impact of the melting of the polar ice caps. What are the trends and uncertainties?
On August 19, 2020, the European consortium SpinTronicFactory, led by the French laboratories Spintec (CEA, CNRS, Université Grenoble Alpes) and Thales-CNRS Joint Unit (Palaiseau), published an ambitious spintronics road map in Nature Electronics. The field, at the frontier between magnetism and microelectronics, is coming of age, and offers wide possibilities for innovation.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.