From research to industry
The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation.
Discover the main research areas on which the CEA works.
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The CEA publishes various scientific and technical periodicals and videos. Through them, you can discover the CEA’s major research topics and the latest technological innovations produced by its laboratories.
Proactive in its commitment to upholding the scientific, technological and industrial sovereignty of France and Europe to safely secure the present and the future.
The CEA is a major research organisation working in the best interests of the French State, its economy and citizens. Thanks to its strong roots in fundamental research, it is able to provide tangible solutions to meet their needs in four key fields:
Low-carbon energy (nuclear and renewable)
Technology for medicine of the future
Defence and national security
Climate change, pandemics, geopolitical threats, shortage of raw materials, accelerated development of digital technologies... We live in a very challenging yet rich world full of opportunities, which highlights just how important it is to maintain control over the key societal issues, i.e., energy transition, digital transformation, healthcare of the future, and global defence and security.
In response to this challenging context, the CEA has been actively contributing to the scientific, technological and industrial sovereignty of France and Europe for more than 75 years, thus helping to secure the present and the future with confidence.
The CEA has adopted a very unique approach in the research and innovation sector, based on 5 pillars:
Relying on its renowned expertise, the CEA is actively involved in setting up collaboration agreements with its various academic and industrial partners.
Considered an expert in its core skills, the CEA is fully integrated into the European research area (ERA) and continues to be a growing presence in the international arena. The CEA made the Top 100 Global Innovators list that recognises organisations having demonstrated above-the-bar innovation performance for the past 10 years (Clarivate ranking). It is also the leading French organisation that registers the most patent applications in Europe according to the European Patent Office (EPO) 2021.
21 000 +
employees, including 1,700 PhD and post-doctoral students
Leading french organisation
registering the highest number of patents in France and Europe*
set up since 1972
The CEA features four operational divisions tasked with carrying out its research:
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.