Inria Associate Teams program

Associate Teams : 2017 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 2017 call, the program is aimed to:

  • Support Inria International Laboratories in California (Inria@SiliconValley - see details at the end of the page ), Chile (Inria Chile), China (LIAMA), Illinois (JLESC), Africa (LIRIMA), the Netherlands (CWI)  and Switzerland (Inria-EPFL). In order to set-up new African-French and Sino-French projects, special consideration will be given to proposals in the framework of LIRIMA and LIAMA. In the framework of Inria@SiliconValley, we invite proposals for ambitious collaborative projects having a complementary funding, in particular with CITRIS.
  • Strengthen Inria partnerships with our partners in Brazil (FAP), Canada (FRQNT-Québec), India (CEFIPRA/DST), Japan (JSPS) and Taiwan (MOST), that have committed to jointly support a selected number of Associate Teams (Refer to “Specific agreements 2017 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 (in particular from H2020 framework programme) that will increase its impact.  
  • Support new partnershipsby putting together complementary competencies to explore new research topics with foreign countries.

[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 or Associated Teams with Brazil, Canada (Québec), India, Japan, and Taiwan (refer to “Specific Calls section”).

Selection process

Proposals will be evaluated by Inria’s COST-GTRI (committee in charge of evaluation of international projects) 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)
  • Contribution of the foreign partner to the budget of the Associate Team
  • Strategy to obtain other funding, in particular from the H2020 framework programme.

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, Canada (Québec), 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 13 000 euros/ year for the first two years of the project, for Associate Teams with non European countries; up to 9 000 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 [1].

For specific agreements:

-       Associate Teams with Brazil, Canada (Québec), 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 [1]. 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 (

Note: Associate Teams with India (CEFIPRA/DST) and Québec (FRQNT) will be funded for a 3 years term, non-renewable.

Specific Calls 2017

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

According to these 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. Double submission of projects does not apply for collaborations with Québec (FRQNT).
  • The selection process is carried out by a Joint Selection Committee.

Note: some partners have their own time line and procedures for this call, we strongly recommend to refer to their specific procedures and conditions.

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

Brazil - (Deadline for brazilian partner : September 30, 2016)

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.

Submission deadline for projects with Brazil: September 30, 2016.

For more information and Brazilian specific calendar, please refer to each FAP’s web site.

List of FAPs participating to this call.

Canada (Québec)

Agreement with Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies – FRQNT

See specific call

Projects have to be sent only to Inria. Template for scientific project (WORD ou LATEX)

Submission deadline for projects with Québec: September 30, 2016.

For more information, please refer to the FRQNT web site

India - (Deadline for indian partner : September 30, 2016)

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, 2016.

Projects have to be sent by the Indian PI to CEFIPRA.

IP Management Charter template (only for selected projects).

For more information, please refer to the web site :

Japan - (Deadline for japanese partner : September 8, 2016)

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, submission deadline for projects with Japan is September 8, 2016;

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 web site :

Taïwan - (Deadline for taiwanese partner : September 30, 2016)

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, 2016;

For more information, please refer to the MOST web site

United States (California)

Associate Teams with California :

The aim of the Inria@SiliconValley program is to strengthen and structure existing collaborations between Inria and its partners in California, and support new innovative projects.
As such, Inria@SiliconValley fosters the creation of Associate teams between Inria research teams and California partners.
Coordinated by the EIPD with an Inria senior scientist based full time in California, Inria@SiliconValley offers:

  • A dedicated website to promote joint research activities, funding opportunities (French and US), news etc. Visit to know more.
  • The HAL INRIA-SiliconValley Collection that gathers all the publications related to the program.
  • A monthly newsletter to inform the community and communicate at large about the initiatives arising from the collaborations.
  • The organization of an annual workshop to exchange about ongoing collaborations and investigate opportunities for new ones. Obviously, the participation of the Inria@SiliconValley associate teams is key and the related expenses need to be budgeted by the teams. In 2017, the 2-to-3-day workshop will take place in California. The EIPD will inform as soon as possible the tentative dates to the associate team Principal Investigators (the workshop usually takes place around May/June) so that teams can plan ahead if they wish to organize a co-located working meeting with their collaborators.
  • EIPD programs targeted to Inria-California cooperation (sabbatical, post-doc, International Chair etc.).
  • Support for innovation activities in relation with the local eco-system (e.g., see the partnership with NETVA in 2016).

Specific partnership: Associate teams with CITRIS (Berkeley) :

Acknowledging the fruitful collaboration between Inria and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS -, as well as the need to increase the leverage of the seed funding provided by Inria@SiliconValley (, we invite proposals for ambitious collaborative projects between Inria and CITRIS PIs.
The targeted projects will be elaborated and submitted in the context of the Associate Team program whose detail is provided above on this webpage. The concrete implementation of the project must also consider support by complementary grants to be applied for, in the first years of the Associate Team.
In that direction, successful Associate Team applicants may submit proposals to the CITRIS Seed Funding program (, provided the proposals meet the program’s requirements:

  • The research focus must meet Inria and CITRIS themes (
  • The proposal should involve at least 2 CITRIS PIs from 2 different CITRIS Campuses (i.e., from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz); one of them being obviously the co-PI of the Associate Team.

For further information, feel free to contact:

·       Valérie Issarny,, Scientific coordinator of Inria@SiliconValley.
·       Camille Crittenden,, CITRIS deputy director.

Keywords: Call for projects International relations Associate teams