As is the case for all higher education institutions, the Cnam also has a mission to undertake research projects. The Cnam employs 25 recognised research teams and 290 teaching researchers assisted by research engineers and technicians.
It offers 36 doctoral programmes and currently has around 390 doctoral students enrolled in a variety of disciplines strongly oriented toward technological research. Patents, tests, licence transfers, service development, innovative processes, technology transfer, business incubation... The research purpose of the Cnam is to meet the expectations of business. In this respect, The Cnam research teams work with major research bodies and Universities. They collaborate closely with businesses and get involved in groups, associations and networks of excellence corresponding to their major themes. Research and development at the Cnam favours a policy of well-identified research niches, corresponding to the expectations of major professional sectors. The projects, developed within partnerships, bring businesses operational solutions.