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You are a researcher in a CNRS-affiliated unit and would like to engage in structured and sustained cooperation with your colleagues in South America? Find out about the different types of tools and financing available to support you in your approach.

CNRS offers several international collaboration tools to structure and help finance cooperative ventures between research teams from CNRS-affiliated laboratories and their foreign partners. These tools mainly facilitate the mobility of researchers. They support the creation, consolidation and structuring of international collaborations between researchers.

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International Research Project

What is an International Research Project (IRP)?

IRP is a partnership that funds a collaborative research project between French partners and partners from one or two foreign countries who have already demonstrated their ability to work together.

Who can benefit from IRP?

IRP is aimed at staff working in a CNRS research unit, as well as their partners in France and abroad.

How to propose an IRP?

Applications must be submitted to the CNRS scientific institute to which the applicant’s unit is attached. Candidates are advised to contact the international relations officers of their unit’s institute as early as possible to find out how to apply. In the case of interdisciplinary projects, the various institutes involved can be informed.

International Research Network

What is an International Research Network (IRN)?

IRN is a partnership that structures an international scientific community around a common research theme or framework. It encourages the organization of international workshops and seminars, as well as themed schools organized by network partners in France and abroad.

Who is IRN for ?

IRN are aimed at staff working in a CNRS research unit, as well as their scientific partners in France and abroad.

How to propose an IRN?

Applications must be submitted to the CNRS scientific institute to which the applicant’s unit is attached. Candidates are advised to contact the international relations officers of their unit’s institute as early as possible to find out how to apply.

International Research Laboratory

What is an International Research Laboratory (IRL)?

The IRL is an international structure where research is carried out around a common scientific theme. This partnership establishes, on an identified site located in a foreign country, the significant and lasting presence of scientists from a limited number of research institutions in France and in the partner country.

Who is IRL for?

IRLs are aimed at staff working in a CNRS research unit, as well as their scientific partners in France and abroad.

How to propose an IRL?

Applications must be submitted to the CNRS scientific institute to which the applicant’s unit is attached. Candidates are advised to contact the international relations officers of their unit’s institute as early as possible to find out how to apply. An IRL is built up over a year, during which time a cooperation agreement is negotiated between the various French and international bodies involved.

Our last IRL in South America

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International Research Centre

What is an International Research Centre (IRC)?

An IRC is an intangible structure that aims to strengthen and perpetuate strategic partnerships with an institution of excellence with a high level of cooperation with the CNRS, involving several research units on a variety of themes.

What does an IRC do?

An IRC strengthens cooperation between CNRS and its partner by establishing new collaborations to meet jointly decided research objectives. It provides a framework for regular high-level strategic dialogue between the two partner institutions, steered by bilateral institutional bodies to promote synergies.

One example of collaboration facilitated by an IRC is the PhD Joint Programmes, which aim to get two teams – one French, the other international – working on a joint project, and to encourage the mobility of young researchers.

How is an IRC built?

The creation of an IRC can only be the fruit of intense cooperation already firmly established between CNRS and the partner university. Setting up such a partnership requires a negotiation process between CNRS and the partner concerned.

Our International Research Centre in South America

International Emerging Actions

What is an emerging international action (IEA)?

An IEA is a project between scientists whose aim is to explore new areas of research and international partnerships through short-term assignments, the organization of working meetings and the launch of preliminary joint research for shared scientific projects.

Who are IEA for?

IEA are open to staff working in a CNRS research unit, and to their partners in France and abroad.

How to propose an IEA?

Applications must be submitted to the CNRS scientific institute to which the applicant’s unit is attached. Candidates are advised to contact the international relations officers of their unit’s institute as early as possible to find out how to apply. In the case of interdisciplinary projects, the various institutes involved can be informed.

PhD joint programs

What is a PhD Joint program?

PhD Joint Program is a collaborative doctoral research agreement that enables doctoral students from a partner university and doctoral students from CNRS-affiliated institutions in France to advance their research project under the joint supervision of a faculty member from the partner university and a faculty member from the CNRS-affiliated institution in France.

The program is generally open to projects in a variety of disciplines, and is jointly funded by CNRS and the partner university. Funding covers mobility costs for travel, as well as a three-year doctoral scholarship for graduate students registered at a CNRS-affiliated institution.

Projects are selected for three-year funding.

Who are they for?

PhD students from partner universities and PhD students from CNRS-affiliated institutions in France

How do I get a scholarship?

Apply to calls for proposals launched by CNRS and its partners.

PhD joint programs | Current calls

Les Observatoires Hommes-Milieux

The Observatoires Hommes-Milieux work to understand human-environment interactions and the dynamics of highly anthropized environments, using a global ecology approach.

The main financing programs

Close and growing scientific cooperation

The different countries in this territory do not have the same rules when it comes to research: the political and institutional players, funding agencies, etc., are not the same from one country to another.

Prepare your mission

Are you from the CNRS and would like to carry out an overseas assignment as part of your duties in South America? Discover below all our administrative and practical resources to ensure your stay is as pleasant as possible.

Preparing your mission in South America is essential to the success of your stay. Whether it’s consulting CNRS resources on mission preparation, making an appointment with the consulate of the country concerned, or checking the security situation in the region to be visited, everyone must take care to respect the steps necessary for a successful mission.

Create your mission

Create your international mission on the CNRS intranet

Administrative requirements

Before departure, check administrative requirements in the target area

Security

Benefit from the resources made available by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs

Advice

To plan a trip to South America, you first need to identify your needs.

You must have a mission order specific to your trip. The “Going on assignment” tab on the CNRS Intranet site details the essential steps to take before, during and after your assignment.

Administrative formalities for travel to South America: if you are a French national staying in a South American country for less than 90 days, without carrying out any paid activity, you won’t need a visa in most cases. After this period, a visa is required, whatever the reason for your stay. We invite you to check your situation below, via the respective websites of the various South American Consulates in France.

Abroad, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs is committed to defending and promoting the interests of French nationals. By clicking on “Travel advice”, you’ll be kept up to date with the latest information on the security situation in South America, and given preventive safety tips to help you prepare for and enjoy your stay abroad. In addition, the Ariane website (also managed by the Ministry) enables all French nationals on a short-term trip or mission abroad of less than 6 months to register free of charge, in order to receive real-time safety instructions in the destination country by e-mail, SMS or telephone, and to make their presence in the country known in the event of a major crisis. For stays of more than six months, French nationals must register with the “Registre des Français établis hors de France”.