GANIL is an economic interest group (GIE). The Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS – national scientific research centre) and the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA – the French atomic and alternative energy commission) are the laboratory’s two regulatory authorities.
The SPIRAL2 facility was selected in 2006 by ESFRI, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures, as a project of scientific excellence.

Every year GANIL receives several hundred researchers and engineers to collaborate on scientific experiments and projects.
In total, nearly 700 researchers from 65 laboratories in 30 different countries come to GANIL every year to conduct experiments or attend seminars.
European and international agreements with numerous countries favour exchanges of researchers between laboratories.
The research projects are developed at GANIL in conjunction with international scientists or with European fundings.