|Signature of a Letter of Intent between the
National Institutes of Health and the Centre National de la Recherche
Scientifique (CNRS) for the "Research Career Transition Award" Program
On October 1st, 2007, Elias Zerhouni, Director of the National
Institutes of Health (NIH), and Arnold Migus, Director General
of CNRS, signed a Letter of Intent for the creation of a program
for young scientists entitled "NIH-CNRS Research Career Transition
Award" at the NIH in Bethesda, MD.
The multidisciplinary program will allow young French researchers
who have recently obtained their doctorate to spend three years
in an NIH laboratory, paid by the NIH, and another two in a French
laboratory, paid by CNRS. This bilateral experience is intended
to encourage the young scientists' reintegration into the French
The program will have a call for applications once a year and
will propose several positions. Candidates will be chosen by a
panel of Franco-American experts based upon their application and
an interview. The Research Career Transition Award will also foster
and strengthen existing collaborations between French and American
labs and between the NIH and CNRS.
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