Joint Research Units (Joint Laboratories)

► UMR INSERM (Unité Mixte de Recherche _ JRU)

Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale / French National Institute of Health and Medical Research

A Joint Research Unit is an Inserm laboratory, gathering together one or more teams coordinated by a unit director and set up within a hospital, university or other institution.

Inserm has 278 research units, 80% of which are based in French universities and university hospitals.

► UMR CNRS (Unité Mixte de Recherche _ JRU)

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique / National Center for Scientific Research

The Joint Research Units (UMR) are laboratories which are recognized and backed by both the CNRS and by one or more other organizations, most of the time by one or more universities or “grandes écoles”.

Most of the time they are composed of academics, CNRS researchers, engineers, technicians and administrative staff of a mathematics department at a university.

The UMR label gives them right to employ researchers, engineers, technicians and administrative staff from the CNRS, as well as access to funds and to numerous other resources at the disposal of the CNRS in the field of international cooperation, temporary "no teaching" positions, documentary resources, etc.

A UMR may host Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows financially supported by the CNRS.

CNRS Laboratories

CNRS laboratories (or Research Units) are located throughout France, and employ a large body of tenured researchers, engineers, and support staff.

There are two types of labs:
  • CNRS intramural labs: fully funded and managed by CNRS (called UPR, or Unités Propres de Recherche, in French)
  • Joint labs: partnered with universities, other research organizations, or industry (called UMR, or Unités Mixtes de Recherche, in French)