France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges
The university collaborates with the French academic community to foster best-in-class international research, focusing on the grandest challenges faced by science and society. Our mission spans all disciplines – humanities, sciences, and the arts.
UArizona is the first CNRS International Research Center
At the core of the cooperation is our partnership with the French National Center for Scientific Research, or CNRS, the premier research institution in France. With more than 11,000 scientists and laboratories and offices around the globe, CNRS ranks in the top 4 academic institutions for research worldwide. UArizona was chosen by CNRS as its first International Research Center (IRC), CNRS's highest level of institutional cooperation. The IRC program aims to bridge disciplines to advance and scale up transformative research and revolutionary solutions for sustainability and resilience. Signed into existence on April 14, 2021, the IRC is the heritage and renewal of a rich history of collaboration between the CNRS and UArizona.
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FA Institute News
New Life: Growth and Collaboration After the Bighorn Fire
In the summer of 2020, the Bighorn fire ravaged the Santa Catalina Mountains, burning over 120,000 acres at the edge of Tucson, Arizona. In the wake of such destruction, it was hard to imagine new life emerging from the ashes. But nearly three years later, as green shoots are starting to peek out their heads even in the most burned areas, so too are new ideas blossoming among ecological researchers. Two of them, Dr. Ben Wilder and Dr. Michael Canva, are gleaning innovative research from the disaster.
CNRS and UArizona select the 2023 Awardees of their Joint PhD Program
The France-Arizona Institute promotes collaboration through its Graduate Research Fellowship & International Mobility Award. Each year, the institute funds research projects in which two teams—one from CNRS and the other from the University of Arizona—work together for three years to address a grand challenge. The most recent call for proposals emphasized projects related to environmental resilience, climate change, and health. After reviewing many excellent submissions, the FA Institute selected five recipients.
Tomatoes, Wildfires and Rats: Three France -UArizona new International Emerging Action Projects
Since its inauguration in the spring of 2021, the France – Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges has sought to foster collaboration between the University of Arizona and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). One such form of collaboration are International Emerging Actions* (IEAs), which explore new fields of research through international collaboration. These two-year projects connect scientific researchers from CNRS with scientists from institutions such as the University of Arizona to initiate joint research projects. Last year three IEA projects were created between CNRS and UArizona.
Astronomers race to make sense of brightest gamma ray burst ever seen
UArizona astronomers have joined an international effort to study the aftermath of the brightest flash of gamma rays ever observed. Observations involving various UArizona telescopes and instruments provide astronomers with a "cosmic lab" to study how massive stars die.
UArizona students track asteroid set to whiz by Earth this weekend
As a sizable asteroid makes a close pass by Earth, a team of UArizona students is ready to observe the action to practice and test procedures that could be useful in mitigating an impending asteroid impact in the future.