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International cooperation tool kit

The international dimension of research is a daily fact of life at CNRS. International collaboration between researchers is initially a matter of personal affinity and research interests, based on relationships or contracts developed at international conferences, summer schools and seminars.

These collaborative activities between researchers or laboratories are carried out within informal networks.

In some cases, however, it is best to consolidate and formalize relationships with foreign partners.

In order to optimize and structure these exchanges, CNRS's International scientific strategy aims to allow CNRS Research units to work with leading laboratories around the world.

This document presents the cooperative tools enabling them to do so. It is designed to help CNRS researchers and their foreign partners find the best-suited means to achieve the type of collaboration they wish to develop: whether it is initiating a research project through exchanges, consolidating it through an international program for scientific cooperation, coordinating it through a network, or structuring it through an associated laboratory or an international joint unit. The tools presented here are intended as a basis for discussion on how to implement collaboration between partners.

Bilateral Exchange Programs: Initiating Cooperation projects

  • Visits, exchange of researchers

International Program for Scientific Cooperation (PICS): Cooperation Project

  • based on an ongoing collaborative relationship
  • researchers must respond to an annual call for proposals
  • funding is dedicated to mobility: visits, meetings, and small equipment
  • 3 year-duration, not renewable

International Associated Laboratory (LIA): International Lab "without walls"

  • brings together two partner institutions that contribute human and material resources to a jointly-defined project
  • the laboratories retain their independence and legal status, keep their directors and stay in their individual locations.
  • the LIA is coordinated by 2 PI who submit a research program to the steering committee
  • joint funding for mobility, small equipment
  • Duration: 4 - 8 years

International Research Network (GDRI)

  • brings together several laboratories from two or more countries to coordinate research on a specific topic
  • funding is used mainly towards mobility, seminars and workshops
  • Duration: 4 - 8 years

International Joint Unit (UMI): Single location Joint Lab with permanent CNRS staff

  • located either in France or in another country
  • staffed by personnel from both CNRS and the partner country
  • headed by a Director, jointly appointed by CNRS and the partner institution
  • Duration: 4 - 12 years
  • Mirror structure = associated labs in France to facilitate cooperation and reciprocal exchange of scientists