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World’s 25 most innovative research institutions

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Silicon Valley’s tech entrepreneurs are the rock stars of innovation, but the innovators who are really changing the world are more likely to wear labcoats and hold government-related jobs in Grenoble, Munich or Tokyo.

That is the conclusion of Reuters’ Top 25 Global Innovators – Government, a list that identifies and ranks the publicly funded institutions doing the most to advance science and technology.

Topping the list is France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), for its research into areas including renewable power, public health, and information security. Rounding out the top three: Germany’s Fraunhofer Society and Japan’s Science and Technology Agency.

On a country-by-country basis, the United States leads the list, with six organizations ranked (France and Japan each have four, and Germany has three). The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is the top U.S. finisher, placing fourth.

The rankings were compiled by the Intellectual Property & Science division of Thomson Reuters, which used proprietary data and analysis tools to examine patents and research papers from the past eight years to find the governmental organizations most likely to change the world.

Here is the list:

Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
Score: 206
FRANCE

Fraunhofer Society
Score: 202
GERMANY

Japan Science & Technology Agency
Score: 201
JAPAN

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Score: 193
USA

National Center for Scientific Research
Score: 189
FRANCE

Korea Institute of Science & Technology
Score: 183
SOUTH KOREA

National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology
Score: 182
JAPAN

U.S. Department of Energy
Score: 179
USA

Agency for Science, Technology & Research
Score: 175
SINGAPORE

French Institute of Health & Medical Research
Score: 175
FRANCE

Helmholtz Association
Score: 157
GERMANY

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Score: 157
USA

RIKEN
Score: 146
JAPAN

National Research Council Canada
Score: 139
CANADA

Max Planck Society
Score: 137
GERMANY

Chinese Academy of Sciences
Score: 135
CHINA

Pasteur Institute International Network
Score: 135
FRANCE

National Institute for Materials Science
Score: 132
JAPAN

United States Navy
Score: 123
USA

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation
Score: 119
AUSTRALIA

Spanish National Research Council
Score: 114
SPAIN

Academia Sinica
Score: 106
TAIWAN

United States Army
Score: 100
USA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Score: 99
USA

Russian Academy of Sciences
Score: 98
RUSSIA

Source: Reuters