The CEA, the French government-funded technological research organization, ranked first among the list of 25 publicly funded institutions doing the most to advance science and technology.

France has not only topped the Thomson Reuters Ranking of 25 Global Innovators –Government, but it is also the only country with three research and development centers in the top 10.

The CNRS, the National Center for Scientific Research, ranks number 5, and Inserm, the French Institute for Health and Medical Research, takes the tenth spot. INSERM is the only French public research institute to focus entirely on human health, conducting translational research, from the laboratory to the patient’s bed.

CEA, the World’s Most Innovative Research Institution

CEA (the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) has taken the first spot in front of Fraunhofer (Germany) and JST (Japan). The CEA is active in the areas of new technologies (microelectronics, robotics, complex IT, big data) and renewable energy (solar power, energy storage, smart networks, etc.), as well as biotechnologies. In each of these fields, the CEA maintains a cross-disciplinary culture of engineers and researchers, building on the synergies between fundamental and technological research.

Between 2008 and 2013, the CEA filed a total of 2,252 patent applications, mainly in the energy (nuclear and renewable), semiconductor, chemistry and final consumer product sectors. 81.2% of these applications were successful. With more than 500 industrial partners and 178 spin-offs. Research taking place at CEA has strong potential for commercial value.

A long-standing partnership with PRIME

Since 2012, PRIME is supporting the Smart Digital Systems branch of CEA, CEA List to introduce their flagships products and technology platforms to the U.S.

For example, Frama-C is an Open Source platform for software safety and security analysis by formal methods in order to verify the absence of bugs and vulnerabilities. Initially designed for nuclear applications before enlarging its scope of applications to embedded systems and lately to cybersecurity in sectors such as avionics, automobile, banking, and rail. The Frama C team has ongoing cooperative efforts with several U.S. academic entities, such as NIST, NASA, and SRI International.

If you are interested in learning more about technologies from the CEA and how you could partner, contact Chloe Rolland,