Inria Associate Teams program


Associate Teams : 2016 call for proposals

An Associate Team is a joint research project created between an Inria project-team and a research team from abroad. The two partners jointly define a scientific objective with a clear added value for each of them, a research plan and a program for bilateral exchanges. To promote and develop such scientific collaborations throughout the world, by supporting high quality research projects, Inria’s European and International Partnerships Department-EIPD annually launches a call for proposals.

Program goals and priorities

The Associate Teams program is one of the main instruments for Inria to implement its international scientific strategy. For the 2016 call, the program is aimed to:

  • SupportInria International Laboratories in California (Inria@SiliconValley), Chile (Inria Chile), China (LIAMA), Illinois (JLESC), Africa (LIRIMA) and Switzerland (Inria-EPFL). In order to set-up new African-French projects, special consideration will be given to proposals in the framework of LIRIMA. In the framework of Inria@SiliconValley collaborations with CITRIS, we invite proposals for ambitious collaborative projects having a complementary funding.
  • Strengthen Inria partnershipswith our partners in Brazil (FAP), India (CEFIPRA/DST), Japan (JSPS) and Taiwan (MOST), that have committed to jointly support a selected number of Associate Teams (Refer to “Specific agreements 2016 section” below).
  • Set up a limited number(max. 5) of Associate Teams with Europe[1], in order to foster new collaborations.  A special attention will be given to projects with the following countries: Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. It is expected that proposals present a clear strategy to get additional funding from H2020 framework programme that will increase its impact.  
  • Support new partnershipsby putting together complementary competencies to explore new research topics with foreign countries. Projects with Boston area partners and the United States East Coast are also expected.

[1] Eligible countries: European Union Member States, Members of the  European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Israël.

Submission of a new Associate Team, selection process and continuation


The Inria researcher coordinating the project on the French side (hereafter called the French Associate Team coordinator) submits the online application form on the specific web site and uploads the template for the scientific project proposal (WORD or LATEX).

There are specific forms to fill in (refer to “Specific Agreements section”) for Associated Teams withBrazil, India, Japan, and Taiwan.

Selection process

Proposals will be evaluated by Inria’s COST-GTRI according to the following criteria:

  • Scientific excellence of the project (motivation of the general problems, identification of the main challenges, intended approaches/methodologies/ techniques)
  • Balanced participation of researchers from various career stages and contribution to fostering young researchers’ participation
  • Relevance and consistency of the mobility and work program
  • Expected results and impact of the joint project for each partner (mutual advancement of research through the transfer of knowledge and expertise)
  • Strategy to obtain other funding, in particular from the H2020 framework programme.

Contribution of the foreign partner to the budget of the Associate Team is expected.

Based on this evaluation by the COST-GTRI and the program goals and priorities, EIPD proposes a selection of Associate Teams to Inria executive management, which makes the final selection.

In the framework of specific agreements with Brazil, India, Japan and Taiwan, the selection process is carried out by a Joint Selection Committee.

Year to year continuation

An Associate Team is created for a period of 3 years, and progress is monitored on a yearly basis by Inria’s European and International Partnerships Department. For that purpose, each Associate Team’s French coordinator must create and update a dedicated website, properly referenced from the Inria Project-team website. The Associate Team website presents the partners, scientific objectives, work program and accounts for the activities, exchanges, technological developments, joint publications and co-supervised PhD students and research generated by the team. A short report must be submitted annually that describes the progress of the work and requests a budget for the following year.


An " Associate Team" is created for a period of three years and is awarded a grant:

  • up to 15.000 euros/ year for the first two years of the project, for Associate Teams with non European countries; up to 10 000 euros/ year for Associate Teams with European partners.
  • up to 10.000 euros/year for the third year for Associate Teams with non European countries;  up to 7 000 euros/ year for Associate Teams with European partners.

For specific agreements:

-       Associate Teams with Brazil, India, Japan and Taiwan will receive a maximum of 20 000 total grant/year for three years (10 000 provided by Inria and the same amount provided by the partner country).

The Associate Team budget is dedicated to support:

  • exchanges between France and the partner country for researchers, engineers, postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and interns;
  • the organization of joint workshops/working meetings.

Report and renewal

At completion of the third year, the coordinator writes the final report of the Associate Team activities and results and will make a short presentation of the Teams’ work to EIPD and COST-GTRI.

The Associate Teams coordinators can ask once for the renewal of the Associate Team for an additional three-year period. The application process is similar to the proposal for a new Associate Team, except that a clear positioning of the scientific goal with that of the initial associate team is expected. The proposal is evaluated under the same criteria.

An Associate Team can be renewed only once for a cycle of three years. The maximum funding for a renewed Associate Team is 10.000 euros/year for Associate Teams with non European countries and 7 000 euros/ year for Associate Teams with European partners. A necessary condition for the renewal is that the partner institution contributes financially to the exchanges.

The French coordinator of a non-renewed Associate Team wishing to continue its activities can submit a declaration of “Inria International Partner” which will allow the collaboration to be identified as a solid partnership. There is no specific timetable for the submission of an "Inria International Partner” (declaration template). Declarations can be made throughout the year following International Relations Liaison Officers’ recommendations in each research center. Such declarations have to be sent to EIPD (

Specific Agreements 2016

Inria has signed some specific agreements with partner institutions abroad to co-fund research projects.

According to theses specific agreements:

-       The submission of proposals has to be done in parallel to Inria (on the web site) and to the partner institution in Brazil, India, Japan and Taiwan, following the specific procedures of each funding partner. This also applies to the CITRIS seed funding programme.

-       The selection process is carried out by a Joint Selection Committee.

In this context, specific calls have been opened with the following partners:

Brazil - deadline for submission for brazilian partner : current October, 2015

Agreements with different Federal Research Funding Foundations- FAP

See specific call

Template for scientific project (WORD or LATEX)

Please be advised that for Brazilian applicants, the deadline for submission to the different FAPs should be current October 2015 (TBC) ; for more information and Brazilian specific calendar, please refer to each FAP’s web site; List of FAPs participating to this call 

India - deadline for submission for indian partner : September 30, 2015

Agreement with Department of Science and Technology - DST  under CEFIPRA’s umbrella

See specific call

Template for scientific project (WORD or LATEX)

Submission deadline for projects with India: September 30, 2015 .

Projects have to be sent by the Indian PI to CEFIPRA. IP Management Charter template (only for selected projects).

Japan - deadline for submission for japanese partner : September 8, 2015

Agreement with Japan Society for the Promotion of Science –JSPS

See specific call

Template for scientific project (WORD or LATEX)

Please be advised that for Japanese applicants, the deadline for submission to JSPS is September 8, 2015;

Important: Please be aware that Japanese universities and research institutions have their own time line and procedures before submitting their projects to JSPS. Thus, this date may vary from one institution to the other. Make sure that your Japanese counterpart submits the project according to each university’s procedures.

For more information, please refer to, the JSPS web site.

Taïwan - deadline for submission for taiwanese partner : September 30, 2015

Agreement with Ministry of Science and Technology-MOST

See specific call

Template for scientific project (WORD or LATEX)

Submission deadline for projects with Taiwan: September 30, 2015 ; for more information, please refer to the NSC web site MOST web site.

United States

Partnership with CITRIS-Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society

See specific call to participate to the CITRIS “Seed Funding Programme” ( with following campuses:

  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Merced
  • UC Santa Cruz

Seed funding programme calendar will be announced by CITRIS  

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