MOU signed between the University of Melbourne and CNRS [fr]
Last year the Embassy of France in Australia facilitated a visit from a delegation from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre national de la recherche scientifique - CNRS), represented by Dr Minh-Hà Pham-Delègue, Director for European and International Cooperation, Dr Chantal Khan-Malek, Deputy Director of Asia-Oceania and Dr Jean-François Marini, CNRS Head of Mission in Oceania, recently took part in a study tour to Perth, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney from 8 - 12 April 2013.
The comprehensive program was arranged by the Embassy of France in Australia in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The delegation met with key decision makers and researchers from eight Australian universities, including six Group of Eight universities. One of the key results of this visit was the strengethening of the relationship between CNRS and the University of Melbourne, which was formalised in March this year.
The University of Melbourne has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the CNRS - the largest government research organisation in France and the largest fundamental science agency in Europe.
The signing of the MoU with CNRS is an Australian first with the University of Melbourne being invited to participate in a unique partnership following a visit to the University last year by a senior CNRS delegation.
As part of the MoU, a Researcher Visits program has been established, awarding three projects annually over a four-year period with a combined budget of $AUD 80,000 in total. CNRS will also provide commensurate funding to French researchers.
CNRS has 10 research institutes crossing numerous disciplinary areas, including Biology, Chemistry, Ecology & Environment, Engineering & Systems, Humanities & Social Sciences, Mathematics, Nuclear & Particle Physics, Physical Sciences, Information Science and Earth Science & the Universe.
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CNRS Researcher Visits
Funding Body: University of Melbourne
Key Dates: Due 30 April 2014
Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (The National Centre for Scientific Research) is a French government research organisation under the administrative authority of France’s Ministry of Research. Founded in 1939, the CNRS is the largest fundamental research organisation in Europe.
It operates across all fields of research organised through its ten institutes, which are dedicated to the biological sciences, chemistry, earth sciences and astronomy, ecology and environment, engineering and systems, humanities and social sciences, information science, mathematics, nuclear and particle physics and physics.
This Researcher Visits scheme is intended to increase collaboration between the University of Melbourne and the CNRS by enabling researchers in both organisations to identify, initiate and/or develop collaborative research activities. In doing so, it is anticipated that the participants in the scheme will jointly pursue new domestic and international funding opportunities in Australia, France and internationally.
This Researcher Visits scheme will support three awards per year for UoM applicants. One grant of $AUD 10,000 will be awarded and two grants of $AUD 5,000 each. Applicants must stipulate which award they are seeking.
The UoM will only provide funding for outbound visits to a CNRS laboratory by UoM researchers. Similarly, the CNRS will only provide funds for visits by CNRS researchers to UoM.
UoM funding is a contribution towards the total cost of the research visit and can include:
• international flights and connections (outbound);
• venue and associated equipment hire; and/or
• other ancillary costs related to the visit (but not direct research related expenses)
UoM funds cannot be used for salaries (applicant, collaborator, research assistants, student stipends or consultants) or other direct costs associated with the proposed research collaboration (bench fees, materials and other research related expenses).
UoM applicants must be employed on a permanent or contracted academic position at the University of Melbourne at the time of application at Academic Level A(6) or higher (minimum of 0.5 FTE).
Please note researchers from the Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, the Florey Department of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and the Medical Bionics Department are not eligible to apply as the ‘UOM Lead Applicant’. These researchers may be included as additional UOM participants.
UoM applicants can be a lead investigator on only one application per round; however, they may be named participants on other investigators’ applications.
The CNRS lead applicant must be a staff member at CNRS or CNRS laboratory.
In future rounds, UoM recipients of awards will not be eligible to reapply although unsuccessful applicants will be welcome to revise and resubmit their application.
CNRS researchers must apply directly to CNRS.
How to Apply
1. Read the Guidelines
2. Complete the Application Form and one page Project Description.
3. Save the completed application as a single PDF using the format NAME_FACULTY_CNRS, where NAME is the family name and initial of the Applicant. For example, Prof Mary Smith from the Faculty of Arts, the file should adhere to the following convention: SMITHM_ARTS_CNRS.
4. Submit the completed application via Themis submissions for HOD approval.
5. Submit the approved application electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CNRS Researcher Visits Guidelines
CNRS Application Form
Managing your CNRS Researcher Visits Project (Post Award)
Refer to the Funding Conditions section of the Researcher Visits Guidelines for details of reporting requirements. See also Applying, Accepting and Managing Internal Grants & Fellowships for further details of post-award conditions.