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About CEA

The French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) is a world-class research institution, created in October 1945 by General de Gaulle. With 16,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff in 10 research centres throughout France, CEA is a key player ​in research and innovation.​​​

Published on 19 July 2016

​​CEA conducts research in:

  •  Low Carbon Energies (nuclear and renewable energies)
  •  Defence and Global Security
  •  Information Technologies
  •  Health Technologies


​​​​​​​​​​In each of these fields, CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research.​ ​
Through its strong relationships with over 500 industrial partners, CEA supports industrial companies and the set-up of innovative start-up companies. Thanks to the expertise of its researchers and partners, CEA is the originator of many new technologies that improve our daily life.

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C​EA in figures 
  • ​​​​​10 research centres
  • 15,958 staff members (technicians, engineers, researchers, support collaborators)
  • 1,146 PhD students
  • 230 post-doctoral fellows
  • 51 joint research units (UMR)
  • 53 framework agreements with universities and schools​​
  • 751 priority patents filed
  • 187 start-ups since 1972 in the innovative technologies sector
  • 4.1 billion euros budget
  • 438 ongoing European projects (316 FP7 projects and 122 H2020 projects)
    (December 31st 2015)