News Release

Monday, October 22, 2007

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 research system.

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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