The Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses has been assessed A+ (highest grade) by the AERES agency. From the AERES report (which can be downloaded here):
" Overall opinion:
The high magnetic field laboratories in Toulouse and Grenoble both have long tradition and history since 1960’s or early 1970’s, and have made steady progress for many years. Both institutions have been well known as representative high field facilities of France, for pulsed and steady fields, respectively. Recently, the visibility of the two laboratories has become very prominent, and especially after their merger in 2009 as LNCMI. This tendency was accelerated by many excellent achievements which have been made by in-house staff and outside users, from both France and abroad, in various fields of science. The high quality of the research accomplishments is confirmed by the number of outstanding papers in journals with high impact factors. This fact demonstrates that the facility (the largest in Europe) has now matured to a real national and international centre of the high magnetic field research. As outlined by the LNCMI direction, the laboratory (and Europe in this field) is nevertheless at a crossroads, where the choice is either to invest and grow, to remain competitive with similar centers in the US, Japan and China, or accept to rely upon the access to these facilities."