- Generating knowledge
- Generating innovation
- Informing public policy
- Science and society
- Shaping research strategies
- Training future scientists
- Promoting ethics and a code of conduct
17 Research Centres (mainland France and overseas departments), 1 head office in Paris, more than 200 Research Units and 50 experimental & technical platforms.
13 Research Divisions ensure scientific management.
8 metaprogrammes – research programmes with a broadened scope of study which combine several disciplines.