The Office for Science and Technology (OST), a team of 24 staff members including professors, senior researchers and engineers located in the Embassy (Washington, DC) and 6 consular offices (Atlanta - Boston - Chicago - Houston - Los Angeles - San Francisco) is dedicated to bilateral FR-US collaborations in Science and Technology.
The OST’s main priorities are to Monitor and report advances in Science and Technology in the US through newsletters and diplomatic channels, Promote bilateral partnerships in science, technology and innovation, Foster exchanges and increase mobility of researchers, doctoral students and entrepreneurs, Serve as a liaison between French and American academic and scientific organizations as well as between the two countries’ central governments and the European Delegation, Increase the visibility of France’s foremost laboratories, universities and start-ups, Support young innovative companies and the internationalization of competitiveness clusters.
Close collaboration between the OST and other diplomatic divisions, such as the Economic Department, the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France as well as French Research Organizations (CNRS, Inserm, CNES, CEA), allows the OST to efficiently handle the many economic and social implications of current science and technology issues.
GLOBAL CARE Initiative (GCi) is an outstanding consortium of 5 non- profit French research Carnot institutes dedicated to human health. The consortium operates as a one-stop-shop for life science companies and research organizations that seek R&D collaboration from basic research to the late clinical phases. GLOBAL CARE Initiative combines strong scientific expertise to unique technology platforms to propose an innovation-centered collaboration offer. The consortium has extensive experience of partnerships with major pharmaceutical, biotech and MedTech companies.
The Carnot Institutes members of the consortium are: the Carnot Institute of the Institut Pasteur (infectious diseases), of the Institut Curie (cancers) and of the ICM* (CNS diseases), and the Carnot Institutes Voir et Entendre** (vision and audition diseases and rehabilitation) and CALYM*** (lymphoma).
* Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epiniere - Brain and Spine Institute
** Seeing and Hearing Institute
*** Consortium for the acceleration of innovation and its transfer to the field of Lymphoma
The Carnot Institutes network gathers 34 major French research structures dedicated to fostering companies’ innovation, in various fields, from the automotive or nuclear industries to green energies, telecom and computer science. Among this 34, five are devoted to the human health sector.
The Carnot Institutes generate 50% of the total revenue of academic-industry partnerships in France and are supported by the French Government to develop a quality-guided approach for a better and more innovative applied research with companies.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is a quasi-public agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts tasked with implementing the Massachusetts Life Sciences Act, a 10-year, $1-billion initiative that was signed into law in June of 2008. The MLSC’s mission is to create jobs in the life sciences – biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics and bioinformatics — and support vital scientific research that will improve the human condition. This work includes making financial investments in public and private institutions that are advancing life sciences research, development and commercialization as well as building ties among sectors of the Massachusetts life sciences community.
Agence Nationale de la Recherce (ANR) provides funding for project-based research in all fields of science - for both basic and applied research - to public research organisations and universities, as well as to private companies (including SMEs). Employing a method based on competitive peer reviews compliant with international standards, ANR provides the scientific community with instruments and programmes promoting creativity and openness, and stimulate new ideas and partnerships, particularly between academia and industry. Its activity also contributes to enhancing the competitiveness and the influence of French research in Europe and across the world.
Lyonbiopole is the one-stop shop for healtcare innovation in Rhône-Alpes. It aims to support the emergence and developement of innovative technologies, products and services for a more personalized medicine to the patient's benefit.
The Medicen Paris Region global competitiveness cluster aims to position the Paris Region as a European industrial leader in diagnostic and therapeutic innovation and leading-edge health technologies, thus enabling it to become one of the global centres for translational medicine.
Since 2001, the MIT-France Program has facilitated connections between MIT and leaders in research, industry, and innovation in France. MIT-France is housed under the umbrella of MIT’s flagship international education program, the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI). Rooted in the Mens et Manus tradition, MISTI matches MIT students with fully-funded internship, research and teaching opportunities abroad, and facilitates international faculty collaborations and develop partnerships with leading companies, research institutes and universities around the world. Our partners—companies, organizations, governments and MIT alumni around the world—benefit from purposeful interaction with MIT’s research community and the opportunity to develop collaborative ventures with MIT faculty and students. Every year, the MIT-France Program matches MIT students with research and internship opportunities in France. The program pre-selects from the top tier of MIT students. Candidates are from all levels and majors at the Institute and must complete two years of French courses and cultural preparation prior to their three to six month internships. The MIT-France network of host organizations includes leading companies, start-ups, research institutes, universities and NGOs. The MIT-France Seed Fund helps MIT faculty jump-start research collaboration with colleagues in France. Since 2001, the fund has supported 94 projects, resulting in long-lasting collaborations with frequent faculty and student exchanges, article publications and subsequent grants received.