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New Canada–France partnership for collaboration in research and innovation

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April 25, 2022

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a formal partnership, which will serve as a framework to build on existing collaborations and investigate new opportunities for cutting-edge research and training activities between both organizations.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by Alejandro Adem, President of NSERC, and Antoine Petit, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNRS, at the Embassy of France in Ottawa, in the presence of the chargé d’affaires ad interim Frank Marchetti and other distinguished guests.

This partnership will also foster the shared commitment by NSERC and CNRS to ensure that equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) principles are considered in all research-related activities. Both organizations recognize that EDI is essential for innovative and impactful research and training in all scientific disciplines.

CNRS opened a full-time Canada Office in Ottawa in . The partnership announced today will further strengthen the existing relationship between NSERC and CNRS, fostering talent development, and driving discovery and innovation in pursuit of economic, environmental, and social benefits. More broadly, this MOU is another example of the strong relationship between Canada and France, which is based on shared values and priorities.


“Knowledge is one of our most precious resources, and solidifying research collaborations with valued partners around the world will help us create more prosperity together. With this agreement between CNRS and NSERC, we are ensuring that there will be more opportunities for our scientists and engineers to collaborate, and that both of our countries will stand ready to benefit from their breakthroughs and innovations.”

- Alejandro Adem, President, NSERC

“The scientific strategies of France and Canada share many common points. I’m very happy to sign this memoradum of understanding that underlines the long-lasting ties between the French and Canadian research communities. It also clearly illustrates the potential for further strengthening of innovation research activities which can help us to contribute to solve societal challenges that we are facing.”

- Antoine Petit, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CNRS

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