IHEP conducts research in three main fields of science: particle physics and astrophysics, accelerator physics and technologies, and synchrotron and nuclear radiation technologies and applications. Research is focused around six themes in fundamental and applied physics, spread across different research divisions and laboratories. IHEP runs or is building a number of large-scale science facilities, some of which are open to scientists from other disciplines as a resource for their research.
IHEP’s research themes cover particle and astroparticle physics, accelerator physics and technology, radiation technologies and applications, nuclear analytical techniques and interdisciplinary research.
Organizationally, IHEP is divided into one branch and seven research divisions, roughly corresponding to the main research themes.
Within the research divisions, IHEP has set up several national and CAS key laboratories and centers for more specific research in particle physics, astroparticle physics, nuclear physics, nano-materials and so on.