The European Research and International Cooperation Department (DERCI) implements and promotes the CNRS’s European and international cooperation policy.
The Derci oversees all the actions carried out by the CNRS to structure and consolidate the research space within the European Union, in close collaboration with the CNRS Office in Bruxelles.
It also implements the cooperation tools that are necessary to engage in bilateral, European or international partnerships, according to the framework set by the CNRS as for international cooperation. It supports research units that take part in structuring agreements with foreign partners, including universities and other institutions.
In concrete terms, it performs the following actions:
- Selecting thematic and geographical priorities, setting up win-win cooperation and structuring partnerships;
- Improving international cooperation monitoring tools and developing a decision-making ideology relying on suitable performance indicators;
- Facilitating the research network between the CNRS and its national and international partners – universities, academies;
- Welcoming, informing and guiding foreign delegations from research organisations, universities and/or research institutions in order to develop new partnerships;
- Making international dialogue an essential tool to enhance French research attractiveness and visibility abroad;
- Coordinating initiatives at the European and international level with foreign institutions.
The CNRS created eight offices for its representation abroad. Their actions include a wide geographical area : Washington DC, Pretoria, Brussels, Beijing, New Delhi, Singapore, Tokyo et Rio de Janeiro. The offices abroad contribute to scientific and technological monitoring and structure the scientific cooperation of the CNRS with strategic partners of the area they are in charge of.