CNRS is the largest French research organization covering all major fields of science and encourages collaboration across disciplines in particular with Universities thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs, which bring together its institutes as well as other research institutions and industry. CNRS laboratories (1100 research units, among which 90 % are joint research laboratories with universities or industry) are located throughout France and employ a large body of researchers, engineers, and support staff. CNRS local network is composed of 19 regional offices, ensuring decentralized direct management of laboratories. “Paris B” Regional Delegation, located in the centre of Paris, will handle all administrative issues with regard to this project. The researchers involved in the NANOTRANS are members of LPTMS lab at Université Paris-Sud, PHENIX lab at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, and LPS lab at Ecole Normale Supérieure. These are the first three French universities in the Shanghai ranking.
The LPTMS laboratory (Theoretical physics and statistical models) is a joint research unit between CNRS and UPSud (Université Paris Sud, Orsay).