Selected – 2018

Make our planet great again – 2nd Call

The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change poses unique challenges for Science as Parties recognized ”the need for an effective and progressive response to the urgent threat of climate change on the basis of the best available scientific knowledge”.

Germany (link) and France are jointly supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Both countries are leading the way with their coordinated German-French Fellowship Program to promote research in the areas of climate, energy and Earth system science.

The French government launched a call to non-resident researchers who would like to develop in France, together with French partners, top-level research projects to address global and climate changes. The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the General Commission for Investment asked the CNRS to scientifically steer the program.

The present call is the second call of its kind, and is restricted to candidates preselected during July 2018 by the CNRS following a thorough selection based on their scientific achievements. Juniors (PhD ≤ 12years) and Seniors (PhD > 12years) can apply for a project to be developed within a French laboratory with, respectively, a targeted total cost of 1 M€ and 1.5 M€ and lasting from 3 to 5 years. The maximum funding granted by the present call is 500 k€ for Juniors and 750 k€ for Seniors.

The laboratories and institutions that will host each candidate will have to build together the research project on the basis of the “1€ for 1€” principle: 1€ coming from the present research call and 1€ coming from the host institutions and partners.

The funding is awarded to a project gathering a Candidate and a Host institution who are deemed indissociably for that project. The project funding is not transferable to a replacement candidate nor to a replacement host institution.

Admissibility criteria

The complete electronic files must be submitted within the deadlines in the required format in accordance with the procedures described on page 2.

The project must fit the scope and criteria of the call for proposals described in § 2 of the call for proposals text. Please note, only the projects that deal with at least one of the three main topics of research of the present call will be assessed:

  • Earth system sciences,
  • Climate change and sustainability sciences,
  • Energy transition.

The host institution must be an existing legal entity — i.e. an institution of higher education and research (universities / research bodies...)..

The laboratories and institutions that welcome the candidate will have to confirm their contribution to the research project, on the basis of the “1€ for 1€ rule”: 1€ coming from the present call for projects and 1€ at least coming from the host institutions and partners.

Indicative list of laboratories and host institutions

Application details

The submission file must include:

  • A document in English providing a detailed description of the research project;
  • The administrative information relevant to the project, entered directly using the dedicated online data-entry interface;
  • A financial annex;
  • A letter of commitment from the host institution.
Opening : 2018-07-18 at 14:00 CEST
Application Deadline : 2018-10-03 at 11:00 CEST

Contact information

Email : makeourplanetgreatagain(at)

Phone : + 33 (0)1 73 54 81 48

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