2016 tables: Institutions - physical sciences

The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Count 2015
1 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 327.91 1,735
2 The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France 68.10 541
3 Sorbonne University, France 55.68 545
4 University of Paris-Sud (UPSud), France 39.60 391
5 Grenoble Alpes University (UGA), France 26.23 335
6 University of Paris, France 24.89 356
7 University of Toulouse, France 17.62 132
8 University of Lyon, France 15.94 156
9 Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), France 15.51 258
10 National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), France 15.48 122
11 Aix-Marseille University (AMU), France 14.12 241
12 University of Strasbourg, France 13.08 131
13 École Polytechnique, France 12.75 143
14 University of Bordeaux, France 12.33 73
15 European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France 11.28 66
16 École Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris), France 8.60 113
17 University of Montpellier, France 8.49 56
18 ESPCI ParisTech, France 7.09 57
19 Institut Laue Langevin (ILL), France 6.63 39
20 University of Lille Nord de France, France 6.22 39
21 European Space Agency (ESA), France 6.14 38
22 National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France 5.99 62
23 Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), France 5.81 42
24 Collège de France, France 5.66 48
25 Paris Observatory, France 5.39 101
26 University of Lorraine (UL), France 5.22 28
27 Institut d'Optique Graduate School (IOGS), France 4.66 28
28 Thales S.A., France 4.31 33
29 Institute of Research for Development (IRD), France 4.17 81
30 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS de Lyon), France 4.15 38
31 National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), France 3.71 74
32 University of Savoy (USMB), France 3.67 150
33 Higher Institute for Electronics and Digital Training (ISEN), France 3.29 33
34 Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), France 3.24 74
35 University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), France 3.16 21
36 University of Rennes 1, France 3.13 25
37 University of Paris Nord (Paris 13), France 3.02 12
38 University of Toulon (UTLN), France 2.99 31
39 Le Mans University, France 2.97 16
40 University Clermont Auvergne, France 2.84 139
41 Superior National School of Advanced Techniques (ENSTA ParisTech), France 2.80 18
42 Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS), France 2.67 12
43 Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux (Bordeaux INP), France 2.25 17
44 Caen University (UNICAEN), France 2.24 17
45 CY Cergy Paris University, France 2.24 23
46 National Office for Aerospace Studies and Research (ONERA), France 2.22 9
47 Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM), France 2.14 20
48 National Graduate School of Engineering and Research Center (ENSICAEN), France 2.12 17
49 University of Franche-Comté (UFC), France 2.10 14
50 University of Burgundy, France 2.07 14
51 National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), France 2.03 21
52 University Institute of France (IUF), France 2.01 19
53 École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (ENS Paris-Saclay), France 2.01 19
54 École Supérieure d'Électricité (Supélec), France 1.99 27
55 Gustave Eiffel University, France 1.98 9
56 University of Valenciennes and Hainaut-Cambrésis (UVHC), France 1.95 21
57 National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France 1.76 17
58 University of Nantes, France 1.66 40
59 Curie Institute, France 1.61 14
60 Centrale Graduate School, France 1.59 18
61 Paris-Est Créteil University (UPEC), France 1.57 12
62 University of Picardie Jules Verne (UPJV), France 1.37 8
63 National Engineering Institute in Mechanics and Microtechnologies (ENSMM), France 1.35 9
64 University of Orléans, France 1.27 20
65 University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France 1.24 29
66 National Metrology and Testing (LNE), France 1.23 7
67 Airbus S.A.S., France 1.21 4
68 University of Haute-Alsace (UHA), France 1.21 26
69 University of Poitiers, France 1.19 5
70 Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), France 1.09 5
71 France Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France 1.07 37
72 University of Tours (UFR), France 1.02 7
73 Chimie ParisTech (ENSCP), France 0.98 16
74 SIGMA Clermont, France 0.93 6
75 University of Limoges (ULIM), France 0.90 8
76 École Centrale Lyon, France 0.74 8
77 University of Technology of Troyes (UTT), France 0.71 5
78 École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier (ENSCM), France 0.71 8
79 Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nice (CRR), France 0.68 53
79 Centre Nationaux de Création Musicale (CIRM), France 0.68 53
79 École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, France 0.68 53
79 Sustainable Design School (SDS), France 0.68 53
79 National School of Fine Arts at the Villa Arson, France 0.68 53
79 École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA), France 0.68 53
79 CHU Nice, France 0.68 53
79 EDHEC Business School, France 0.68 53
79 SKEMA Business School, France 0.68 53
80 École Supérieure de Chimie Physique Électronique de Lyon or (CPE Lyon), France 0.65 7
81 University of Paris Ouest (Paris 10), France 0.58 2
82 ITER Organization, France 0.58 2
83 National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (CNAM), France 0.52 4
84 Électricité de France S.A. (EDF), France 0.50 4
85 University of South Brittany (UBS), France 0.49 3
86 University of Angers, France 0.48 4
87 University of Évry-Val d'Essonne (UEVE), France 0.47 4
88 Saint-Gobain SA, France 0.46 2
89 Bretagne Loire University, France 0.43 28
90 Capital Fund Management (CFM), France 0.43 2
91 École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles (ENSAIT), France 0.43 1
92 École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC), France 0.41 2
93 École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR), France 0.40 6
94 French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer), France 0.38 1
95 Cisbio Bioassays, France 0.37 1
96 Polyrise SAS, France 0.36 1
97 PHASICS SA, France 0.33 1
97 Tortoise Analytics, France 0.33 1
98 Paris Dauphine University, France 0.32 6
99 Arts et Métiers ParisTech (ENSAM), France 0.31 3
100 Lyon University Hospital (HCL), France 0.30 3

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