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DAE and DRI, two offices devoted to international relations

CNRS carries out research activities throughout the world, in collaboration with local partners, thus pursuing an active international policy.

The Office of European Affairs (DAE) and the Office of International Relations (DRI) coordinate and implement the policies of CNRS in Europe and the rest of the world, and maintain direct relations with its institutional partners abroad.
The DEA and the DRI promote cooperation between CNRS laboratories and foreign research teams through a set of structured collaborative instruments developed for this purpose. At the same time, they coordinate CNRS actions with those of other French and international research organizations as well as the activities of the Ministries of Research and Foreign Affairs.

To carry out their mission, the DAE and the DRI–with head offices in Paris–rely on a network of eight representative offices abroad, as well as on the science and technology offices in French embassies around the world.

In numbers:

Exchange agreements: 80 (with 60 countries)
Foreign visiting scientists: 5000 (PhD students, post-docs, and visiting researchers)

Permanent foreign staff members:

  • 1714 researchers of whom 57% come from Europe
  • 295 engineers and technicians
  • International Programs for Scientific Cooperation (PICS): 316 > International Associated Laboratories (LEA + LIA): 54
  • International Research Groups (GDRE + GDRI): 56
  • International Joint Units (UMI): 10

Budget for 2007: €10M

Contacts :

Isabelle Chauvel,


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