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In order to set up a coordination network 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 an IRN ?

An IRN is a scientific coordination network gathering research teams in European and non-European countries. Its activities are coordinated by a scientific committee. It is adviced not to have more than three French laboratories involved in an IRN

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.
• Abroad, researchers and academic staff from a research organization or a university.

How and when to submit a proposal ?

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

How are proposals evaluated ?

The scientific evaluation of proposals is carried out by peer-review simultaneously at both the CNRS and the partner institutions. At the CNRS, the evaluation is overseen by the relevant scientificinstitutes. Once the IRN has been approved, an agreement, detailing the scientific content, the composition of the scientific committee and the provisional budget, is signed by the authorized representative(s) of the French and foreign partner institutions.

How is an IRN funded ?

The network is funded by all partners, and the resources are used to organize conferences, seminars, symposiums, workshops, thematic schools or work meetings on the network’s specialized topic. The funding starts at the beginning of the financial year following the decision to create an IRN.

A scientific and financial annual report is required each year of the IRN.