CNRS

Science, technology, engineering and medicine 

Applications

Deadline for applications is 12 March 2021

 

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.

Imperial - CNRS Joint PhD Programme

For the second year, CNRS and Imperial are launching a joint call for collaborative PhD proposals between the two institutions across all areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine.  (The first call launched five projects which started in October 2020.)  The aim of this call 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, and Imperial is the UK lead for the CNRS International Research Network in Quantum Fields and Strings.

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

Focus areas 

The programme is open to all areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine. Applications are however encouraged which build on the CNRS-Imperial International Mathematics Research Laboratory, IRL Abraham De Moivre, or the International Research Network (IRN) in Quantum Fields and Strings.

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, the funding for the three year studentship should be allocated by departments, faculties, CDTs, DTPs, or other research groups.  Hence Imperial applicants must have 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 to apply.  Mobility and networking funds will be allocated centrally to successful projects from the International Relations Office (IRO) - £2500 per year of a three year studentship.

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: February 1st, 2021
  • Closing date: March 12th, 2021
  • Notification date: April 15th 2021
  • Beginning of the projects: October 2021


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

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

How to apply

The application form must be no more than five pages in length, excluding parts G and H.

Imperial-CNRS PhD Joint Programme - APPLICATION FORM 2021

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

Guidance

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, the funding for the three-year studentship should be allocated by departments, faculties, CDTs, DTPs, or other research groups.  Hence Imperial applicants must have 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 to apply.  Mobility and networking funds will be allocated centrally to successful projects from the International Relations Office (IRO) - £2500 per year of a three year studentship.

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 dates

  • Open date: February 1st, 2021
  • Closing date: March 12th, 2021
  • Notification date: April 15th 2021
  • Beginning of the projects: October 2021

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 2021

The application must consist of one single file (up to 5 pages, not including references – parts F & G).

 

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

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