The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Founded in 1939 by governmental decree, CNRS has the following missions: To evaluate and carry out all research capable of advancing knowledge and bringing social, cultural, and economic benefits for society; To contribute to the application and promotion of research results; To develop scientific information; To support research training; To participate in the analysis of the national and international scientific climate and its potential for evolution in order to develop a national policy. As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carried out research in all fields of knowledge, through its seven institutes: Institute of Biological Sciences (INSB), Institute of Chemistry (INC), Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE), Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (INSHS), Institute for Information Sciences and Technologies (INS2I), Institute for Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS), Institute of Physics (INP) and three national institutes: National Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INSMI), National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3), National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy (INSU) CNRS laboratories (or 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 by the National Center for Scientific Research. CNRS's annual budget represents a quarter of French public spending on civilian research. This funding comes from various sources: Government and public funding; CNRS funds, primarily from industrial and EU research contracts and royalties on patents, licenses, and services provided. The LAAS is one one the CNRS laboratories.