The National Center for Scientific Research is a government-funded research organization, under the administrative authority of France's Ministry of Research.

CNRS research units are located throughout France, and employ a large body of tenured researchers, engineers, and support staff. Laboratories are all on renewable four-year contracts, with bi-annual evaluation. As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carries out research in all fields of knowledge.

The CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines, thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs. Interdisciplinary research is undertaken in various domains, including Life sciences and its interfaces to other sciences.

The CNRS structure for this Network is a "Groupement de Recherche Européen" (GDRE 513).