May 7 2021 CNRS

Within the framework of the creation of the first international research center (IRC) between the CNRS and the University of Arizona, a joint call to fund common research projects, in the form of doctoral fellowships, has been launched.

On April 14th, the CNRS and the University of Arizona launched the first international research center (IRC), the France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges. In this framework, a joint call to fund common research projects, in the form of doctoral fellowships, has been launched.

After an independent evaluation of the 67 projects by the two institutions, which revealed the large number of ongoing cooperation, the two institutions have selected 6 projects in line with the scientific challenges of the pioneering IRC structure.

These projects reveal the diversity of the laboratories involved in collaborations with the University of Arizona. Indeed, these projects fall under 5 different CNRS institutes: INEEnvironnement, INPhysics, INSBiology, INSHS (humanities and social sciences), INSUniverse, and come from laboratories in Paris, Lyon, Montpellier and Bordeaux. The projects leader are 7 females and 5 males.

At the University of Arizona, these 6 projects come from 5 different Colleges: College of Science (Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and of Astronomy and Steward Observatory), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Department of Environmental Science), College of Humanities (Department of French and Italian), and College of Optical Sciences.

The selected projects are found here:

Rock-plant interactions driving early soil development and landscape evolution (INSU-INEE), Laboratoire de géologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris and the Department of Environmental Science. S. Abiven and K. Dontsova

A Sharper View of the Late-Time Universe: Joint Analyses of Cosmic Microwave Background and Galaxy Surveys (INSU), Institut d’astrophysique de Paris and the Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory, K. Benabed and F. Krause.

Environmental Justice, Extraction and Cultural Resistance in Africa (INSHS), Laboratoire les Afriques dans le monde, Bordeaux and the Department of French and Italian. E. Bertho and P. Taoua.

Molecular and functional genomics of ancient viral epidemics (INSB), Centre International de Recherche en Infectiologie, Lyon and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, L. Etienne and D.  Enard.

A Mechanics-based Microwave to Optical Quantum Link (INP), Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel, Paris and the College of optical sciences. S. Deleglise and D. Wilson.