UArizona, home of the first CNRS International Research Center
The France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges (FA) is a partnership with the French CNRS to facilitate best-in-class research, focusing on the grandest challenges.
On April 14, 2021, Dr. Robert Robbins, President of the University of Arizona, and Dr. Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges, the first of its kind CNRS International Research Center (IRC). The FA institute enacts the UArizona’s implementation enterprise.
But what is an IRC?
An International Research Center (IRC) aims to strengthen and perpetuate strategic partnerships with institutions presenting a significant volume of cooperation with the CNRS institutes, involving different institutes and various themes. The University of Arizona appears in the Top 25 of the American universities involved in CNRS - USA co-publications 2018-2020 (rank #18).
The follow-up of the IRC is ensured by a regular high-level strategic dialogue between the two partner institutions to set cooperation objectives. An international research center is managed by bilateral institutions to foster synergies.
"We are incredibly honored the University of Arizona has entered this historic partnership with CNRS," said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. "The France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges will be able to amplify our existing research strengths and international research collaborations in ways we could not achieve on our own, allowing the University and CNRS to address truly global challenges with global solutions that expand human potential, explore new horizons and enrich life for all."
The UArizona-CNRS IRC in 2 minutes
MOU signature, April 2021