2021 tables: Institutions - life sciences

The 2021 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2019 Share 2020 Count 2020 Change in Adjusted Share 2019-2020*
1 French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France 182.63 182.10 1,412 -8.4%
2 National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France 79.12 79.55 873 -7.6%
3 Pasteur Institute, France 33.24 46.36 271 28.1%
4 University of Paris, France 28.59 29.37 339 -5.6%
5 Sorbonne University, France 33.28 28.21 348 -22.1%
6 National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE), France 27.77 26.51 307 -12.3%
7 Aix-Marseille University (AMU), France 23.00 22.98 156 -8.2%
8 University of Montpellier, France 22.20 21.18 222 -12.3%
9 Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), France 14.89 18.15 210 11.9%
10 University of Bordeaux, France 13.77 17.59 124 17.4%
11 University of Toulouse, France 17.94 16.93 129 -13.3%
12 University of Paris-Sud (UPSud), France 16.66 15.80 208 -12.8%
13 The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France 15.87 15.48 226 -10.4%
14 University of Lyon, France 13.90 14.06 144 -7.1%
15 Curie Institute, France 17.90 12.24 128 -37.2%
16 University of Strasbourg, France 15.87 10.06 105 -41.8%
17 École Normale Supérieure (ENS Paris), France 9.48 8.26 97 -19.9%
18 Grenoble Alpes University (UGA), France 8.23 7.27 109 -18.8%
19 Institute of Research for Development (IRD), France 7.44 7.06 171 -12.8%
20 National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), France 2.73 6.56 190 120.5%
21 Ligue Contre Le Cancer, France 2.60 5.42 41 91.7%
22 AgroParisTech, France 4.74 5.37 77 4.1%
23 Sanofi, France 2.91 5.26 21 66.4%
24 Institute Gustave-Roussy (IGR), France 5.10 4.69 57 -15.4%
25 École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS de Lyon), France 4.54 4.55 62 -7.9%
26 École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), France 5.11 4.28 112 -23.1%
27 University of Lille Nord de France, France 3.74 3.58 54 -12.1%
28 European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), France 0.85 3.35 26 263.9%
29 National Museum of Natural History (MNHN), France 4.02 3.16 76 -27.8%
30 Lyon University Hospital (HCL), France 2.17 3.03 54 28.4%
31 Collège de France, France 3.55 2.63 54 -31.8%
32 University of Nantes, France 2.06 2.63 41 17.2%
33 ESPCI ParisTech, France 1.81 2.53 40 28.2%
34 University of Évry-Val d'Essonne (UEVE), France 1.24 2.44 64 80.4%
35 National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), France 1.82 2.33 28 17.5%
36 University Clermont Auvergne, France 2.95 2.22 17 -30.9%
37 University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), France 0.90 2.20 61 123.9%
38 University of Rennes 1, France 3.40 2.11 32 -42.9%
39 Montpellier SupAgro, France 2.14 2.03 46 -13.1%
40 Paris-Est Créteil University (UPEC), France 1.47 1.98 29 23.6%
41 Centre Léon Bérard (CLB), France 1.71 1.95 34 4.6%
42 Institut d'Enseignement Supérieur et de Recherche en Alimentation, Santé Animale, Sciences Agronomiques et de l'Environnement (VetAgro Sup), France 1.42 1.87 33 21.5%
43 French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer), France 1.59 1.86 28 7.7%
44 Alps Grenoble University Hospital (CHU Grenoble Alpes), France 1.04 1.78 38 56.7%
45 Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), France 1.59 1.66 39 -4.0%
46 University Institute of France (IUF), France 0.53 1.56 25 167.9%
47 University of Paris Nord (Paris 13), France 0.71 1.54 30 97.8%
48 University of Tours (UFR), France 1.89 1.49 9 -27.7%
49 University of La Rochelle, France 0.58 1.43 13 127.4%
50 Paris Dauphine University, France 1.53 1.39 50 -16.1%
51 Caen University (UNICAEN), France 0.52 1.39 13 146.6%
52 CHU Nice, France 0.91 1.26 71 28.2%
53 Institut Paoli-Calmettes (IPC), France 0.86 1.15 22 21.7%
54 University of Lorraine (UL), France 0.90 1.14 15 15.8%
55 Toulouse University Hospital (CHU-Toulouse), France 0.68 1.12 22 52.5%
56 Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux (Bordeaux INP), France 0.62 1.09 14 61.5%
57 Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), France 1.10 1.08 9 -10.3%
58 Paul Valéry University (Montpellier III), France 0.85 1.01 40 9.3%
59 School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), France 1.25 0.97 37 -28.8%
60 University of Burgundy, France 1.52 0.97 26 -41.5%
61 Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse (IAST), France 0.21 0.96 9 310.6%
62 Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Lille (CHU Lille), France 0.14 0.96 15 530.3%
63 University of Rouen, France 0.29 0.91 11 189.7%
64 Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Lille (CHRU de Lille), France 1.18 0.91 34 -29.2%
65 École Polytechnique, France 1.52 0.91 32 -45.0%
66 Centre Antoine-Lacassagne (CAL), France 0.94 0.85 17 -16.7%
67 The University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD), France 1.20 0.79 12 -39.0%
68 Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI Paris), France 0.55 0.78 4 31.7%
69 University of Angers, France 0.57 0.77 19 25.3%
70 National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP), France 0.10 0.72 12 550.2%
71 AgroSup Dijon - National Superior Institute of Agronomic Sciences, Food and the Environment, France 0.73 0.70 19 -12.5%
72 Etablissement Français du Sang (EFS), France 0.95 0.70 32 -32.8%
73 University of Savoy (USMB), France 0.76 0.69 9 -16.7%
74 Rouen University Hospital-Charles Nicolle (CHU de Rouen), France 0.15 0.67 6 325.8%
75 Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy (CHRU Nancy), France 0.13 0.66 9 379.0%
76 Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1), France 1.25 0.65 10 -51.9%
77 French Public Health Agency, France 0.25 0.65 6 137.8%
78 Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Nice (CRR), France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
78 Centre Nationaux de Création Musicale (CIRM), France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
78 École Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
78 Sustainable Design School (SDS), France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
78 École Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA), France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
78 EDHEC Business School, France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
78 SKEMA Business School, France 0.57 0.65 68 4.3%
78 National School of Fine Arts at the Villa Arson, France 0.63 0.65 68 -4.9%
79 Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT), France 0.93 0.64 51 -36.7%
80 Innate Pharma S.A., France 0.94 0.64 4 -37.5%
81 University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC), France 0.02 0.61 24 3,366.0%
82 Institute for Integrative Plant Biology (IBIP), France 0.71 0.60 9 -22.2%
83 Oceanographic Observatory in Banyuls-sur-Mer (Arago Laboratory), France 0.61 0.60 6 -8.9%
84 University of Western Brittany (UBO), France 0.72 0.58 13 -25.9%
85 University of Toulon (UTLN), France 0.54 0.56 13 -4.2%
86 Gene&GreenTK, France 0.56 1 N/A
87 National Teacher Training School in Agronomy (ENSFEA), France 0.45 0.56 12 13.5%
88 Dijon University Hospital, France 0.85 0.55 15 -40.2%
89 Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), France 0.29 0.54 13 70.7%
90 University of Poitiers, France 1.07 0.53 10 -54.3%
91 Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), France 0.33 0.51 10 45.2%
92 Genclis SA, France 0.50 1 N/A
93 Claudius Regaud Institute (ICR), France 0.25 0.50 9 84.0%
94 Institut d'Optique Graduate School (IOGS), France 0.30 0.50 27 52.2%
95 LTER-France (Zones Ateliers), France 0.42 0.49 3 6.9%
96 Genopole Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, France 0.13 0.49 6 233.7%
97 Centre Hospitalier Universitaire d'Angers (CHU d'Angers), France 0.12 0.49 13 260.3%
98 French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (Anses), France 0.42 0.44 2 -2.6%
99 École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay (ENS Paris-Saclay), France 1.18 0.44 31 -65.9%
100 École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État (ENTPE), France 0.25 0.43 4 59.3%

Footnote

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