The CNRS office in Canada

Established in 2022 in Ottawa, the CNRS office in Canada is the permanent bridge between CNRS-affiliated research staff and Canadian universities and institutions.


International Research Laboratories


International Research Projects


International Research Networks

The CNRS and Canadian universities have a long tradition of scientific cooperation.

For over 60 years, CNRS and Canadian researchers have been working together to expand the frontiers of knowledge in all disciplines.

To support and strengthen this international research of excellence, the CNRS office in Canada facilitates and accelerates the development, implementation and promotion of collaborations that unite the complementary strengths of CNRS and Canadian universities.

Our cooperation in Canada

Find out more about our current collaborations


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About the CNRS

The Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) is a leading French research organization founded in 1939. It employs 33,000 people, including 11,000 permanent researchers, making it the largest basic research center in Europe and one of the world’s leading research institutions.

Internationally recognized for the excellence of its scientific research, the CNRS has never ceased to attract the best talent and to lead multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research projects on a national, European and international scale. Serving the public interest, CNRS contributes to France’s scientific, economic, social and cultural progress.

CNRS plays an essential role in the French research landscape. Over 90% of its research activity is carried out in partnership with universities, research institutes and companies, within joint research units.

Collaborative and international research is at the core of CNRS strategy. Over 60% of its publications are co-authored with foreign laboratories. The creation of the CNRS office in Canada, the 9th CNRS office abroad, is part of the CNRS’s commitment to strengthening and sustaining fruitful scientific cooperation with its Canadian partners.