Our office

The North America Office represents the CNRS in Canada, United States and Mexico.

Our actions are aligned with the priorities defined, on one hand, by the strategic plan of the CNRS, and, on the other hand, by the ten thematic institutes of the agency.

The CNRS, pioneering scientific cooperation with the United States

French Embassy in the United States

It is in 1947, just after World War II, that the scientific office of the CNRS in New York is created, jointly with the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). It follows the transatlantic migration of several French scientists, including Louis Rapkine, head of the scientific office of French exiles.

In 1946, he obtained for the CNRS 2 important grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, for the equipment of laboratories and the organization of international conferences. In 1984, the Office leaves New York to settle withing the French Embassy in Washington D.C.

As a CNRS bridgehead in North America, the Office at Washington D.C. has been working for more than 70 years to publicize and promote the CNRS expertise, and beyond it, the French research. Accordingly to the interdisciplinary polish of the CNRS, the Office does not showcase a specific thematic and covers all research fields.


  • Liaises between CNRS and North American institutions
  • Assists CNRS institutes & researchers, and their partners
  • Supports the creation and monitoring of structural partnerships as the :
    • International Exploratory Actions (IEA)
    • International Research Networks (IRN, Previously GRDI)
    • International Research Programs (IRP, Previously LIA)
    • International Research Laboratory (IRL, Previously UMI & UMIFRE)


  • Identifies North American prospects and research excellence centers
  • Brings together French & North American scientific stakeholders
  • Monitors the scientific and technological news in North America and identify key research topics
  • Integrates the EU and multilateral dimensions in its actions


  • Showcases CNRS scientific expertise in North America
  • Provides information on key scientific fields to researchers in France and abroad, to keep them informed on the scientific landscape in the region, via the monthly newsletter « AdN »
  • Notifies French expatriate researchers of returning opportunities in France, via the monthly newsletter « Le fil de Marianne »