The French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA) is ranked first in Reuters’ latest ‘Top 25 Global Innovators – Government’ report, which ranks the performances of the 25 publicly funded institutions doing the most to advance science and technology throughout the world.
Coming in ahead of renowned organizations such as Fraunhofer (Germany) and JST (Japan), the CEA’s success highlights the highly innovative nature and commercial impact of French research. The rankings, based on patent performances, saw the CEA file a total of 2,252 applications between 2008 and 2013, 81.2% of which were granted.
What’s more, another three French research institutions also feature very highly on the list – the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in fifth place, the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in 10th, and the Institut Pasteur in 17th.
Once again, France is outperforming all comers to stake its claim as one of the world’s leading countries for innovation and research.