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International associated laboratories (LIA)

What is a LIA?

In order to structure collaboration between two research teams or laboratories (one in France and the other abroad) that already have joint publications, the creation of an international associated laboratory (LIA), a "laboratory without walls", can be requested. The relationship between the two partners is formalized through a contract signed by the heads of both organizations, with provisions covering issues such as intellectual property rights. Human and material resources are pooled to carry out the project. Teams or laboratories associated through an LIA retain their separate autonomy, status, Director and location.

The LIA activities are coordinated by two co-principal investigators and by a scientific steering committee.

How long does a LIA last?

  • Four years, possibly renewable once.

Who can submit a LIA proposal?

  • In France, CNRS researchers or academic staff working in CNRS-affiliated research units willing to be co-principal investigators for the LIA.
  • Outside France, researchers or academic staff from a research organization or university willing to be co-principal investigator for the LIA.

How and when to submit a proposal?

Proposals must be submitted to the relevant CNRS thematic institute and simultaneously to the partner institution abroad, according to their specific agenda.

How are proposals evaluated?

Proposals are evaluated at both CNRS and the partner institution if this is provided for in a bilateral Agreement.

At CNRS, evaluation is carried out by the relevant thematic Institutes.

Once the decision to create a LIA has been made, an agreement with a research project description, a provisional budget, and intellectual property provisions is signed by the authorized representative(s) of the French and partner institutions abroad.

How is a LIA funded?

CNRS and the partner institution earmark funding for LIA projects, in addition to other resources provided by the home institutions for research on the project.

Running costs, research trips, small equipment are eligible for funding.

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

Scientific and financial reports must be submitted annually.