Since it was established, the CEA has supported and contributed the companies’ effort for innovation by putting its expertise and technologies at their service.
In the Suppliers area, you will find the CEA’s procurement policy and the possibility to consult and respond to current calls for tenders.
For its research and development, the CEA needs leading edge technological equipment and special tools, which are not always available on the market. For many specialized manufacturers, SMEs or large companies, the CEA’s procurement (ou purchase) are an opportunity to stimulate their technological innovation. Average investment in R&D by the CEA’s suppliers is four times higher than the national average.
The majority of the CEA’s procurement concerns high-tech products, but much of the equipment and services it buys cover its routine requirements: site logistics, office equipment, building construction or renovation (laboratories, processes), etc.
Every year, the CEA injects nearly €2.5 billion into the French economy through its procurement.
The CEA takes care to ensure the quality and diversity of its relationships with its suppliers. Since 2004, the CEA has joined Pacte PME, a scheme designed to foster relationships between French innovative SMEs and large corporations.
The CEA works closely with the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and other professional bodies.
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.