CNRS

Digital Transformation and Global Challenges

Applications

Open date: November 22th, 2021
Closing date: January 5th, 2022

 

 

Imperial College London – CNRS PhD joint programme – Call for projects: Digital Transformation and Global Challenges
Open 22 November 2021, closes 5 January 2022.

Imperial and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) recognise that collaborative international activities enable cross-border pooling of research capabilities and sharing of expertise and facilities, the opportunity to appreciate different perspectives, outputs that are typically more highly cited, as well as access to new environments for impact and exploitation of research outcomes.

CNRS and Imperial are launching a joint call for collaborative PhD proposals between the two institutions. The theme for this year’s call is Digital Transformations and Global Challenges. The call is intended to be open to all areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine. The aim is to develop collaborative PhD projects that can train and network the next generation of researchers and innovators, offering them expertise not available at just one institution, and to also seed Imperial-CNRS collaborations that can lead to EU and other funding opportunities.

This call invites Principal Investigators at CNRS and Imperial to jointly put forward a research project to be underpinned by x1 PhD at CNRS and x1 PhD at Imperial, which includes joint supervision plans and a built-in mobility programme.


Strategic rationale

Imperial College London and CNRS researchers have co-authored almost 2,800 publications in the past 5 years (2015-2019) and worked together on 43 joint Horizon 2020 research consortia.

In addition, Imperial and CNRS have a joint Mathematics Laboratory, IRL Abraham De Moivre, Imperial is the UK lead for the CNRS International Research Network in Quantum Fields and Strings, and Imperial and CNRS have recently agreed an International Research Project in Integrative Metabolism.

The €95.5 billion Horizon Europe budget, which runs from 2021-2027, provides continued impetus for joint scientific discovery and innovation.

Call guidelines

Eligibility

  • Scientists from Imperial who can supervise PhD students; researchers working in a CNRS unit holding an accreditation to supervise PhD students (HDR)
  • A PI cannot submit more than one application in the framework of this call.

There must be one PI from Imperial and one PI from a CNRS laboratory. Those who do not already have a collaborator may consult Imperial’s website  or the CNRS website to find information on the research groups and projects being carried out in either institution.


Funding

The model is for each collaborative project to have two PhD students and two supervisors, one of each at both Imperial and CNRS.

At CNRS the funding will be for a three-year studentship. Funds will include mobility costs for visits to London for the project over three years.

At Imperial, funding for the three-year studentship must be allocated by departments, faculties, CDTs, DTPs, or other research groups. The central College will use am I3 Research England grant to contribute the equivalent of 25% of the studentship (home fees rate) per each of the projects selected. These funds can be used to pay for 25% of the tuition fees, or as a studentship top-up for other uses, e.g for mobility, consumables, or other related costs to support the project.  Given that co-investment is required to apply, Imperial applicants must submit approval to commit a studentship from their Head of Department, director of the CDT, director of the DTP, or director of the research group in question, as part of the application.


Number of awards

Up to five projects are expected to be funded jointly by Imperial & CNRS.


Support period

3 years


Deadline and start dates

  • Open date: November 22th, 2021
  • Closing date: January 5th, 2022
  • Notification date: February 4th, 2022
  • Beginning of the projects: October 2022


Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated and ranked by an Imperial-CNRS committee according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality & originality of the project
  • Scientific merit of the teams
  • Synergy between the teams, added value of international cooperation
  • Convincing plan for engaging PhD students in the research and for managing joint supervision
  • Projects are likely to be sustainable beyond the grant period
  • Benefit to researcher based on her/his career stage

The proposals should also include an outlined plan for raising external competitive funding.


How to apply

Imperial applicants should submit the application form in electronic format (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to globalseedfunds@imperial.ac.uk;
CNRS applicants should submit the same file via the dedicated Website: https://www.cooperation.cnrs.fr


Previous awards
Two previous calls have launched two cohorts of collaborative CNRS-Imperial PhD projects.

The second call for the PhD Joint Programme between the CNRS and Imperial College London, open to all disciplines, selected six joint research projects to start in October 2021:

  • "Infrared frequency metrology" - AMY KLEIN Anne (CNRS UMR7538) and TARBUTT Michael (Imperial)
  • “Geometry, dualities and the string landscape” - GRANA Mariana (CNRS UMR3681) and WALDRAM Daniel (Imperial)
  • “Towards a Quantitative Mean Field Game Framework for Pedestrian Dynamics” - ULLMO Denis (CNRS UMR8626) and KALISE Dante (Imperial)
  • “Bayesian nonparametrics for high-dimensional statistical inference” - CASTILLO Ismaël (CNRS UMR8001) and RAY Kolyan (Imperial)
  • “Rigidity and Thurston theory in complex dynamics” - SCHLEICHER Dierk (CNRS UMR7373) and VAN STRIEN Sebastian (Imperial)
  • “Achieving switchable molecular devices through nanoscale engineering of functional substrates” - ROSA Patrick (CNRS UMR5026) and HEUTZ Sandrine (Imperial)

The first call for the PhD Joint Programme between the CNRS and Imperial College London, open to all disciplines, selected five joint research projects to start in October 2020:

  • "Variational Integrators for Stochastic Geophysical Fluid Models (VI-SGFDM)" - GAY-BALMAZ Francois (Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Ecole Normale Superiore) and HOLM Darryl (Imperial)
  • "New Approaches in Radiotherapy" PREZADO Yolanda (CNRS Curie Institute UMR 3347) and LONG Kenneth (Imperial)
  • "REGEN: Induced self-organised tissue regeneration - A Model-data framework" CASTEILLA Louis (Stromalab / University Paul Sabatier Toulouse) and DEGOND Pierre, PAVLIOTIS Greg (Imperial)
  • "Model design and model reduction for fluid flows using machine-learning techniques – with applications to high-speed flows" - and ZALESKI Stephane (Institut Jean Le Rond d'Alembert Sorbonne) and RIGAS Georgio (Imperial)
  • "Mathematical Foundations of DNA storage" and ANTONINI Marc (UMR 7271) and HEINIS Thomas (Imperial)

 

Guidance

Funding

Funding

The model is for each collaborative project to have two PhD students and two supervisors, one of each at both Imperial and CNRS.

At CNRS the funding will be for a three-year studentship. Funds will include mobility costs for visits to London for the project over three years.

At Imperial, funding for the three-year studentship must be allocated by departments, faculties, CDTs, DTPs, or other research groups. The central College will use am I3 Research England grant to contribute the equivalent of 25% of the studentship (home fees rate) per each of the projects selected. These funds can be used to pay for 25% of the tuition fees, or as a studentship top-up for other uses, e.g for mobility, consumables, or other related costs to support the project.  Given that co-investment is required to apply, Imperial applicants must submit approval to commit a studentship from their Head of Department, director of the CDT, director of the DTP, or director of the research group in question, as part of the application.

Eligibility

  • Eligibility

    • Scientists from Imperial who can supervise PhD students; researchers working in a CNRS unit holding an accreditation to supervise PhD students (HDR)
    • A PI cannot submit more than one application in the framework of this call.

    There must be one PI from Imperial and one PI from a CNRS laboratory. Those who do not already have a collaborator may consult Imperial’s website  or the CNRS website to find information on the research groups and projects being carried out in either institution.

Application process

Deadline and start datesDeadline and start dates

Open date: November 22th, 2021
Closing date: January 5th, 2022
Notification date: February 4th, 2022
Beginning of the projects: October 2022

Imperial applicants must submit the application form in electronic format (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to globalseedfunds@imperial.ac.uk;
CNRS applicants must submit the same file via the dedicated Website: https://www.cooperation.cnrs.fr

Imperial-CNRS PhD Joint Programme - APPLICATION FORM 2022

 

Evaluation

Proposals will be evaluated and ranked by an Imperial-CNRS committee according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality & originality of the project
  • Scientific merit of the teams
  • Synergy between the teams, added value of international cooperation
  • Convincing plan for engaging PhD students in the research and for managing joint supervision
  • Projects are likely to be sustainable beyond the grant period
  • Benefit to researcher based on her/his career stage

The proposals should also include an outlined plan for raising external competitive funding.