Call for Proposals
Graduate Student Fellowship Research Opportunity
The CNRS & University of Arizona new International Research Center (IRC) is issuing this call for proposals to support joint, collaborative research in areas including (and not limited to) social sciences and humanities, biodiversity and earth sciences, space sciences and high energy physics, material and optical sciences, and mathematical and information sciences. Each project will be co-directed by one CNRS team and one UArizona team and submitted jointly as one proposal. Selected projects will be awarded two graduate student (PhD) three-year fellowships, one granted by CNRS to the CNRS team, and one granted by UArizona to the UArizona team. In addition, each student supported by a fellowship will receive travel funds to visit the collaborators’ team at the partner institution. Up to five collaborative projects will be selected through this call.
The CNRS-UArizona IRC is solliciting projects that demonstrate three qualities:
- Address a research grand challenge that the teams, by working together, are in a world leadership position to tackle.
- Focus on a specific goal or milestone that can be reached on a three-year timeline, and that can make a transformative contribution toward the grand challenge.
- Combine and integrate teams’ expertise into an exceptional capacity that no single team could achieve, and that has potential to last and develop beyond the confines and terms of the project.
While we expect teams with a productive history of collaboration to be in a strong position to apply, projects involving new collaborations are also encouraged. CNRS and UArizona are committed to facilitate the emergence of such new collaborations. Teams interested in finding partner teams at the other institution to develop a full proposal may send a pre-submission enquiry (see contact information in Section 8 below) including a one paragraph description of their project concept and a short statement (two to three sentences) of the expertise they intend to partner with. To successfully facilitate these collaborations, enquiries must be submitted by February 18, 2021.