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Our office in Washington D.C. represents the CNRS in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
The actions undertaken by the CNRS office are linked to both the CNRS’ strategic plan and the priorities of the ten CNRS institutes.

- Representation/Support

  • Act as a liaison between CNRS and North- American research agencies, higher education institutions and Federal agencies.
  • Assist the development of collaborative projects and the organization of visits of French and North American scientists.
  • Provide support for French-American collaborative activities such as:
    International Exploratory Actions (IEA)
    International Research Networks (IRN, Previously GRDI)
    International Research Programs (IRP, Previously LIA)
    International Research Laboratory (IRL, Previously UMI & UMIFRE)

- Development / Identification of North American Prospects

  • Identify research centers and up and coming research teams
  • Bring together French and North-American scientific players
  • Foster the creation of International collaborative projects
  • Monitor science and technology policy and activities in North America
  • Provide information on key scientific fields

- Promotion/Information

Promote CNRS scientific expertise abroad through field visits, workshops, career fairs and the organization of events geared towards scientific experts or the general public.
Provide French scientists in North America with information regarding scientific and career opportunities in France through a weekly newsletter:
« Le fil de Marianne ».

More information about the CNRS international actions


Main Office

Sylvette Tourmente
Washington, D.C.
Tel : +1 (202) 944-6240
E-mail :

Clémence Guiresse
Program Officer
Washington, D.C.
Tel : +1 (202) 944-6243
E-mail :

Jeanne Révil
Program Officer
Washington, D.C.
Tel : +1 (202) 956-8120
E-mail :

Satellite office CNRS - Université de Lyon in Canada

Jan Matas
Université d’Ottawa
Tel : +1 (613) 562 5800 (poste 2876)
Email :