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Inria Associate Teams programme

Associate Teams : 2019 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.

Programme goals and priorities

The Associate Teams programme is one of the main instruments for Inria to implement its international scientific strategy. For the 2019 call, the programme is aimed to:

  • Support Inria’s International Laboratories [1] (Inria Chile, Inria-CWI, Inria-EPFL, Inria@SiliconValley, JLESC, LIAMA, LIRIMA) by proposing projects having, as far as possible, a complementary funding from foreign partners. A special consideration will be given to proposals in the framework of LIAMA in order to set up new French-Chinese projects. Regarding Inria@SiliconValley , we invite proposals for ambitious collaborative projects that could also take advantage from programmes from the US west coast partners.
  • Strengthen Inria partnerships with our partners in India (CEFIPRA/DST), Japan (JSPS), China (CAS[2]), with a thematic priority on artificial intelligence, and Taiwan (MOST), that have committed to jointly support a selected number of Associate Teams (Refer to “Specific agreements 2019 section” below).
  • Encourage projects with Brazil, in particular with LNCC, Australia, in particular with CSIRO and Data61, and Canada to foster new collaborations with these countries.
  • Develop new collaborations with the United Kingdom and Germany, the latter with a thematic priority on artificial intelligence and on cybersecurity, and support new partnerships by putting together complementary competencies to explore new research topics with other European[3] and foreign countries. It is expected that proposals with European countries present a clear strategy to get additional funding (in particular from H2020 framework programme) that will increase its impact. 


[2] Chinese Academy of Sciences

[3] 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 Associate Teams with India, Japan, China 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)[4]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 India, Japan, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Taiwan, the selection process is carried out by a Joint Selection Committee.

[4] Scientific Committee in charge of project evaluations.

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.

For specific agreements :

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

-        In the framework of the specific agreement with CAS , the concerned Associate Teams will receive a 16-month post-doc and a grant from CAS of an amount equivalent to that of Inria (10 000 euros/year provided by Inria).

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.

This budget is not intended to fund participation in conferences.


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 French coordinator of a terminated 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 (


The coordinators of an Associate Team created in 2016 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.

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

Specific Calls 2019

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 (online submission process) and to the partner institution in India, Japan and Taiwan, following the specific procedures of each funding partner.

-        CAS coordinators will follow the specific call’s procedure.  

-        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:

India - (Deadline for indian partner : September 26, 2018)

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 26, 2018

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 5, 2018)

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 5, 2018

 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:

China - (Deadline for chinese partner : September 26, 2018)

Agreement with Chinese Academy of Sciences - CAS

See specific call

Template for scientific project (WORD or LATEX)

Associate Teams proposals involving a Chinese partner, which is not one of the CAS institutes, should be submitted to Inria according to the general call guidelines (no double submission to be provided in this case).

Website :

Taïwan - (Deadline for taiwanese partner : September 26, 2018)

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 26, 2018

For more information, please refer to the MOST web site

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