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FAQs - CNRS

Q. What should be included in the final report to the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)?

A. When preparing a final report to the CNRS, the investigator should give a detailed account of the research findings and describe the outcome of the project. The report should include:

a) The title of the project (in English and Arabic), name of the PI and Co-PI(s), and the start date and duration of the project as stated in the CNRS contract.,
b) The project’s objectives (according to what was initially stated in the proposal), achievements, and perspectives. Include the obstacles which were faced, if any and how were they dealt with.
c) List of publications that were published in scientific journals, with a copy of the articles as published (If papers were presented in any conference and workshops, they should be included as an attachment to the report).
d) An abstract summarizing the research findings.

All reports and publications should include an acknowledgment to CNRS. Please note that a one-page document is not considered a report.

Q. What is needed or what are the procedures in applying to CNRS?

A. Please see the section on CNRS Proposal Writing Guidelines.
As well as the section on applying for a new project under CNRS Conditions, Guidelines and Deadlines or Contact the Office of Grants and Contracts.

Q. Do I have to add the institutional overhead when preparing an CNRS budget?

A. No, CNRS does not allow for institutional overhead.

Q. Can I apply for a new grant if I already have a current grant from the CNRS?

A. No, the CNRS will not accept an application if a PI has an on-going CNRS grant. 

Q. If a PI has a grant under Associated Research Unit can he apply to CNRS's regular research program?

A. No, the CNRS does not allow for that.

Q. Can I modify my grant budget after the contract has been signed?

A. Yes, one can do a budget re-allocation after receiving CNRS's written approval. The PI should send an e-mail to OGC requesting a budget reallocation with a clear justification, in turn OGC will submit a formal request to the CNRS.

  Q. Can I modify my grant budget after the contract has been signed?

A. Yes, one can do a budget re-allocation after receiving CNRS's written approval. The PI should send an e-mail to OGC requesting a budget reallocation with a clear justification, in turn OGC will submit a formal request to the CNRS.

Q. Can one renew his project and request additional funds?
 
A. If the researcher received an award for a period of two years, the project may be renewed for a second year upon reporting of satisfactory scientific results and findings. However, if a PI has initially requested a one year period for his/her project, the CNRS will not approve its renewal for another year.

Q. What is the procedure for requesting a renewal for my project?
 
A. To renew an CNRS project, Investigators are requested to submit the following documents to the Office of Grants and Contracts:
1. One original completed and signed CNRS Renewal Application Form.
2. Two copies of the progress report. The progress report should include a description of what has been achieved so far as a result of CNRS support and the project's progress and findings and outputs. If any abstracts, articles, or any other publications have been produced they should be included within the report as attachments.

Q. What is the budget limit one can request per year?
 
A. The Council allows for a total of 20,000,000 L.L. per year.

Q.If my project got funded for two years, can the residual funds of year one be carried forward to the second contracting year?

A. Any residual funds of year one cannot be carried forward to the second contracting year.

Q. What is needed or what are the procedures in applying for No-Cost Extension?  

A.If investigators need extra time to complete their projects and final reports, they can request a no-cost extension, one can ask for a maximum of six months. Investigators need to send an email to the Office of Grants and Contracts requesting a no-cost extension providing clear justification for their need to extend. OGC will in turn write a formal request letter to the CNRS.

Q. What is the deadline for applying to CNRS?

A.The deadline for submitting applications to the CNRS, is usually announced ahead of time, by the Office of Grants and Contracts.

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