2nd Franco-Mexican Forum for Research and Innovation

The Franco-Mexican Forum for Research and Innovation was held 9 and 10 July in Paris, two years after the first forum in Mexico City, which revived cooperation between the two countries. The forum was opened by the French Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, Thierry Mandon. ANR was present at the event, promoting its successful partnership with the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), co-funder of 19 Franco-Mexican research projects since 2009.

In the wake of the 2013 Mexico City Forum, 2014 has been marked by the steady strengthening of relations between France and Mexico in higher education and research. The countries have determined work areas with a view to deepening bilateral cooperation by defining new scientific orientations, developing mobility flows and seeking out synergies between academic actors and enterprise in the two countries.



Photo: Enrique Cabrero Mendoza, general director of CONACYT

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto’s state visit in France on 14-15 July provided a unique opportunity to shine a light on these actions. The forum's second edition, organised by the French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research in partnership with CONACYT, highlighted exchanges between French and Mexican actors, building bilateral cooperation based on shared priorities and taking into consideration training, research and innovation factors through synergies with help from industrial actors.

ANR participated in the presentation session detailing "instruments for cooperation in science and technology", more specifically the funding of common collaborative research instruments alongside its counterpart CONACYT. ANR's CEO Michael Matlosz participated in discussions outside the forum with the general director of CONACYT Enrique Cabrero Mendoza.

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Collaboration between ANR and Mexico in figures

1 on-going cooperative effort with CONACYT in the context of ANR's generic call for proposals

2008: year ANR signed a cooperation agreement with counterpart CONACYT

2014: renewal of the ANR-CONACYT agreement

19: collaborative Franco-Mexican projects, including:

  • 7 in health and biology
  • 5 in agricultural and environmental sciences
  • 4 in materials, chemistry, energy and processes
  • 2 in information and communication sciences and technologies
  • 1 in humanities and social sciences

5,6 M€: funding allocated by ANR to above-listed projects .


Photo: Thierry Mandon, French Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research

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