Insmi international units

International exchanges play an essential role in maintaining French teams' excellence; they also testify to such excellence. In addition to a large number of voluntary partnerships and collaboration agreements, Insmi organizes exchanges between networks through specific CNRS tools such as international research networks, international associated laboratories and international joint units.

Insmi's international research structures are distributed throughout the world as follows - the geographical areas are edited by the Direction of European research and international cooperation of CNRS (DERCI).

The Insmi's international structures in 2018
The Insmi's international structures in 2018
  • International research networks (GDRI, Groupements de recherche internationaux) bring together several laboratories from two or more countries to coordinate research on a specific topic;
  • International associated laboratories (LIA, Laboratoires internationaux associés) bring together partner institutions (PI) that contribute human and material resources to a jointly-defined project;
  • International joint units (UMI, Unités mixtes internationales) are full-fledged laboratories that are located  in other countries than France and staffed by personnel from both the CNRS and the partner country. The UMI device is the tightest level of cooperation the CNRS may build with a foreign institution: the UMI labs have equal status to the CNRS laboratories in France. The Insmi's UMIs are thus located:
UMIs map
The Insmi's UMIs in 2018


Besides, researchers may respond to annual calls for two kinds of proposals:

  • Joint Research Projects (PRC) which are jointly selected and financed by the CNRS and a partner institution abroad;
  • International Program for Scientific Cooperation (PICS) which are cooperation projects based on an ongoing collaborative relationship.

The calls for proposals are coordinated by the Direction of European research and international cooperation (DERCI).


Link to the International page of the CNRS website