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International research networks (GDRI)

In order to establish a flexible partnership bringing together several French and foreign research teams around a specific scientific topic, it is possible to apply for the creation of an International Research Network.

What is a GDRI?

A GDRI is a scientific coordination network gathering research teams in European and non-European countries. Its activities are coordinated by a scientific committee.

How long does a GDRI last?

  • Four years, possibly renewable once.

Who can submit a GDRI proposal?

  • In France, CNRS researchers, as well as academic staff from other research organizations working in CNRS-affiliated joint units.
  • Outside France, researchers and academic staff from a research organization or university.

How and when to submit a proposal?

Proposals can be submitted at any time, to the relevant CNRS thematic institute and simultaneously to the partner institutions abroad.

How are proposals evaluated?

Scientific evaluation of proposals is carried out simultaneously at both CNRS and the partner institutions. At CNRS, evaluation is overseen by the relevant thematic institutes.

Once the GDRI has been approved, an agreement, detailing the scientific content, composition of the scientific committee and provisional budget, is signed by the authorized representative(s) of the French and partner institutions abroad.

How is a GDRI funded?

The network is funded by all partners, and the resources are used towards the organization of conferences, seminars, symposiums, workshops, thematic schools or work meetings on the network's specialized topic.

Funding begins at the start of the fiscal year following the decision to create a GDRI.

Scientific and financial reports must be submitted annually.