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 joint units, international associated laboratories and international research networks.
- International joint units (UMI, Unités mixtes internationales) are located in other countries than France and staffed by personnel from both the CNRS and the partner country;
- International associated laboratories (LIA, Laboratoires internationaux associés) bring together partner institutions (PI) that contribute human and material resources to a jointly-defined project;
- International research networks (GDRI, Groupements de recherche internationaux) bring together several laboratories from two or more countries to coordinate research on a specific topic.
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.
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):
Link to the International page of the CNRS website