The Université Paris-Saclay enjoys exceptional scientific potential, bringing together founding members of varied but complementary natures.
Various reports have identified priority actions to be conducted in order to improve the Saclay scientific and technological cluster, such as the 2004 report entitled "Pour un écosystème de la croissance" (For an Ecosystem for Growth) by Christian Blanc, member of parliament at the time. Twice, in June 2007 and then again in January 2008, the French governement confirmed the project as one of its priorities. In 2008, three governmental initiatives converged to enable the creation of plans for the scientific development on the Saclay Plateau.
- The first one, the Opération d’intérêt national (OIN - National Interest Operation) targeting the southern part of Île-de-France, was launched by the Prime Minister in November 2005. A test mission was installed in March 2006. This operation covered a relatively broad area (49 municipalities) encompassing the Saclay Campus as well as Satory La Minière.
- The second one, the Opération Campus (Campus Operation), was launched in February 2008 by the Minister of Higher Education and Research. A budget of five billion euros was set aside to assist the growth of the most promising French campus. Twelve projects were identified in 2008, including the Paris-Saclay Campus.
- The third one, the Plan for the Scientific and Technological Cluster on the Saclay Plateau, presented in November 2008, led to the creation of the Etablissement Public Paris-Saclay (EPPS - Paris-Saclay Public Institution) in 2010.
Part of the science history of the past fifty years has been written by leading scientists, including Nobel Prize winning Physicists, medal winners from the CNRS, and Fields medalists: Raimond Castaing, Albert Fert, Jacques Friedel, and Pierre Gilles of Gennes, who carried out their work at Saclay or Orsay.
CEA in 1952
Accelérateur linéaire en 1955 et Anneau de Collisions d'Orsay aujourd'hui
Synchrotron Soleil, in 2004