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French Research and the European Research Area

The Association of French Research Organisations

Launched in 1991 by nine French research organisations, CLORA's goal is to reinforce the participation of French laboratories and research teams in the scientific research programs and activities funded by the European Union.

CLORA provides the means for French public and para-public research organisations to pool their expertise, their resources, and their infrastructure in a common effort to promote the involvement of French organisations in European research and technological development, while respecting the autonomy and specific scientific character of each organisation or university.

As a pillar of French participation in the European Research Area, CLORA funnels pertinent information to French research organisations in the form of bulletins, summaries and dispatches. Each member organisation is responsible for a particular thematic field.

CLORA provides support and stimulation to research actors through a variety of services offered including advising on decision-making processes, project development, identifying potential partners, or transferring results. To provide future perspective and prognoses on community-level research, CLORA maintains close relations with a number of partners: European Commission, European Council, the European Parliament, the Economic and Social Committee, the Committee for Regions, scientific and technical committees, French ministries, French permanent representation to the European Union, French representatives to European authorities, French representatives to the economic sector in Brussels, and representatives from regions, universities, associations, and the like. In addition, CLORA takes part in IGLO, the Informal Group of Liaison Offices, which brings together liaison offices of other member or associated nations in Brussels responsible for facilitating and promoting their nation's participation in community research programs.

"It would be a good idea to give CLORA a legal status in order to help it function" explains Monika Dietl, head of the CNRS Bureau in Brussels. "The Division of International Relations of the CNRS wants to help CLORA redefine its mission and increase its representativeness."

Founding members of CLORA: CEA, CEMAGREF, CNRS, IFP, IFREMER, INRA, INSERM, IRD, CPU.


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