Research at École Centrale de Lyon is highly renowned around the world and by national bodies and industries. It is pursued within six laboratories that are joint research units under the joint aegis of the CNRS and the institute.

At a time when international competition is increasingly intense and social and economic expectations are in flux, Centrale Lyon has established a dynamic scientific policy built on 5 priority fields: nanotechnology and nanomaterials, transport, energy, environment and bio-engineering.