International Research Projects (IRP)

An international cooperation tool shared by the CNRS, dedicated to strengthening research partnerships.


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1. What is an International Research Project?

International Research Projects are collaborative research schemes between one or more CNRS laboratories and one or two laboratories from foreign countries. They strengthen previously-established collaboration through short- and medium-term scientific exchange. They are aimed at organizing working meetings or seminars, developing joint research activities including field research, and supervising students. The French and foreign teams concerned must have already shown their capacity to collaborate (for example, through one or more joint publications). These programs have a duration of five years.

2. Who are International Research Projects intended for?

International Research Projects are intended for staff conducting research in a CNRS or partner unit.

3. How to propose an International Research Project?

Applications should be submitted to the CNRS scientific Institute in charge of the applicant’s unit. It is recommended that candidates contact the international relations correspondents within their Institute as early as possible, to find out the specific procedures for submitting a project. For interdisciplinary projects, the various Institutes concerned may be informed.

4. How are International Research Projects evaluated?

Proposals for International Research Projects are evaluated by peer reviews within the CNRS scientific Institutes based on the following criteria: scientific value of the project, interest of the international collaboration, scientific quality and complementarity of teams, balanced distribution of scientific activity between partners, participation of young researchers, ethics, financial justification, and past relations between the partners.

5. What are the outlines of the institutional formalization of International Research Projects?

Once selected, International Research Projects are the subject of institutional letters of commitment from the French and foreign institutions willing to support them, for example, by granting additional funds in accordance with the internal evaluation and selection procedures specific to each institution.

6. How are International Research Projects financed?

In addition to the resources directly provided by the participating laboratories, International Research Programmes receive funds specifically earmarked by the CNRS for international mobility between teams and for organizing meetings and field assignments, for a total amount comprised between €50,000 and €75,000 over the duration of the project. Managed by the CNRS laboratory overseeing
the International Research Project (lead laboratory), the CNRS funds are allocated by annual installments based on the initial project, scientific assessments, and annual financial reports issued by the lead laboratory and its partners.


More information and points of contact are available on the CNRS's international webpage


European Research and International Cooperation Department
CNRS-Campus Gérard Mégie
3, rue Michel-Ange 75794 Paris Cedex 16

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