Life Sciences

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The Life Sciences program was launched in 2012 by the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States. Since the beginning, the Life Sciences program has given American and French students and researchers opportunities to immerse themselves in the life sciences by participating in scientific competitions, contests and games. We, at the Office for Science and Technology, hope that this will in turn bolster even higher levels of French-American scientific collaboration, greater mobility for students and researchers between our two nations, and serve to promote the sciences to the general public.

The call for project proposals takes place at the beginning of each year, and the grants for the projects that are selected are distributed in May.

Groups and individuals that wish to participate in this program may apply via Life Science’s application process. The eligible candidates are then selected on the basis of their levels of aptitude and motivation.

Thanks to the Life Sciences grant, several teams of students from around the world have had the opportunity to participate in international scientific competitions as renowned as iGEM, which was initiated by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.

  • LifeSciences grant: 2016 Laureates

    The “Life Sciences: inventing – creating – having fun” grant has been distributed by the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles since 2012 to French research teams participating in American competitions in the life sciences. Following the call for projects launched in February 2016, eight teams have been selected to receive this grant.

  • Results of the iGEM 2015 Giant Jamboree

    On September 24-28, 2015, over 2,700 students, professors and researchers from around the world gathered at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA, to attend the 12th annual jamboree event of iGEM, the world’s premier synthetic biology competition. Over five days, 259 teams from 39 different countries defended their project in front of an international jury of experts. For the first time since its introduction in 2011, high school teams were invited to present their project in the main competition, along with collegiate teams.

  • "Life Sciences: inventing – creating – having fun" 2014 Laureates

    The grant "Life Sciences : inventing – creating – having fun" is offered by the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate general of France in Los Angeles since 2012 to French teams who will participate in American competitions in life sciences. Following the call for projects launched in January 2014, 6 teams were selected to receive a grant.

  • iGEM 2013: Excellent results from French teams

    Since 2012, the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles has been financially supporting participation of French teams in competitions and scientific games organized in the USA, in the field of Life Sciences, through the grant “Life Sciences: inventing – creating – having fun”. In May 2013, four French teams participating in the iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine) competition were granted: Bordeaux, Evry, Grenoble-EMSE-LSU and Paris-Bettencourt.

  • Scientific LIFE SCIENCES Grants 2013: Four Distinguished Teams

    Following the announcement released in January 2013 by the French Consulate in Los Angeles, the Office for Science and Technology has awarded multiple “LIFE SCIENCES: inventing – creating – having fun” scholarships to teams of young researchers so they can participate in international scientific competitions.