The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Education and Research. It is the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, the CNRS carries out research in all fields of knowledge, through its ten institutes:

The CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines, in particular with universities, thus opening up new fields of inquiry to meet social and economic needs. The CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs, which bring together several departments as well as other research institutions and industry.

It is therefore not surprising that Alain Fuchs, the President of the CNRS gives the TMBI his full support (see hisĀ  letter)