Joint Russian-French initiative research projects competition of the Russian Foundation for Basic research (RFBR) and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)

Applications are accepted till: 03.03.2015 17:00

Contect code: «м_а»

The Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) in accordance with the Agreement on scientific cooperation with Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) proceeds with continuous competition NCNIL_a of joint research projects conducted by groups of Russian and French scientists in the following knowledge areas:

Contest code: «NCNIL_a»

The aim of the competition is to grant financial support for initiative research projects being conducted by Russian and French scientists within the framework of LIA/UMI.

Competition conditions:

The Competition supports basic research projects being conducted by joint Russian and German scientist collectives in the research areas of mutual interest.

(01)Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics

(02)Physics and Astronomy


(04)Biology and Medical Sciences


(06)Humanities and Social Sciences

(07)Information and Telecommunication systems

(08)The Fundamentals of Engineering Sciences

The Competition supports research being conducted by Russian and French scientists in the research areas of mutual interest.

Russian and French scientists, supervisors of the joint project, must agree in advance on the name and content of their applications and submit the applications to RFBR (Russian) and CNRS (French).

The duration of the joint initiative research project is 1, 2 or 3 years.

Attention: RFBR funds only Russian participants.

Applicants are welcome to submit their applications in RFBR information system from 26 November till 3 March 2015, 17:00 (MSK).

Projects registered in RFBR information system before 01 April 2014, 17:00 (MSK) will be funded current year, after 01 April 2014 - next year.

RFBR considers an application within three months.

Attention! A requirement for participation in the Competition is to include the scientific organization, which employs the Russian supervisor of the project, in the Agreement on the establishment of the LIA/UMI, as well as the availability of financial support from the CNRS, which is necessary for work on the project in France. In coordination with the CNRS, within the framework of the Competition “NCNIL_a” the RFBR funds no more than 4 projects from each LIA or UMI during the term of the respective Agreement on the establishment of the LIA/UMI.

The maximum sum of a grant is 600000 rubles.

The decision to finance the Project, the implementation term of which is more than 1 year, for each next year (2015, 2016, 2017), will be based on expertise results of the annual report.

The results of researches on the Project must be published in reviewed scientific editions with the reference containing the Project number.

Example: « The reported study was partially supported by RFBR, research project No. 14-01-00001 a».

All the applications, which were admitted to the competition, are subject to an independent expert examination: applications, submitted by Russian scientists, are evaluated in the RFBR, and those submitted by French scientists, in the CNRS. The evaluation of applications is conducted by each side independently in accordance with their own rules. The information on the expert examination procedure is strictly classified.

The refusal of CNRS to provide a grant for the application of the French participants eliminates the funding of the Project, supported by RFBR, by the latter.

Information on the content of the application and the expert examination results is in strict confidence. According to the rules of RFBR, the experts and the employees of the Fund are not entitled to divulge it. The supervisors of the Project get access to the expert review after the decision of RFBR on funding or the refusal of the latter.

RFBR doesn’t take part in deliberations on the results of the expert examination.

French scientists must submit the reports on the results of the Project to the CNRS.

The decision to continue funding a project for the next year will be based on expertise results of the interim report. One of the key conditions to continue support for international competitions projects is the timely receipt of interim reports and the presence of joint peer-reviewed publications together with the foreign partner (not including theses).

Contact persons/Addresses


Department of International Connections

Stupina Veronika

Phone/Fax (495) 952 5579



Represetative Office of CNRS in Moscow

Mironovskaya Tatiana Grigorievna

Phone: (495) 129 0313

Fax: (495) 938 2229



CNRS: International Relations Department

Mme Caroline Danilovic-Blagojevic


Tel. 01 44 96 53 36

Fax 01 44 96 48 56

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