The University of Chicago and the French National Centre for Scientific Research are launching a new collaboration to grow opportunities for research, education and scholarly engagement across a range of scientific fields.

The agreement brings faculty and students from the University together with the largest governmental research organization in France. UChicago and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (known as CNRS) will fund international collaborations in such areas as molecular engineering, physics, computer science, mathematics, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology and the social sciences. This is the first agreement of its kind between CNRS and a university in the United States.

“The University of Chicago has a longstanding commitment to creating new opportunities for outstanding scientific and scholarly work, and that includes developing international collaborations with the distinctive potential to produce scholarly impact at the highest level,” said Robert J. Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago. “We are pleased that this important agreement will foster new collaborations with outstanding scholars in France, and advance the work of scientific discovery in both of our nations.”

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