Presentation of the Office for Science and Technology [fr]
Office for Science and Technology
Consulate General of France
205 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3720
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone : 312/327-5240 - Fax : 312/327-5207
James DAT, Scientific Attaché :
Mégane CHESNÉ, Deputy Scientific Attaché :
The Office for Science and Technology (OS&T) is headed by a Science Counselor, who reports to the Ambassador, with 8 attachés -all well recognized scientists or science policy specialists-, 10 deputy attachés, and staff. The OS&T also houses and works closely with the North America Representatives of the 3 French research agencies: CNES, CNRS, and INSERM, forming the Mission pour la Science et la Technologie (MS&T).
The OS&T operates in close conjunction with numerous French institutions: research agencies, universities and engineering schools, centers for technology transfer, competitiveness clusters, incubators, businesses… and by different means: promotional actions, Franco-American collaborative development, and information collection.
Thanks to its wide territorial presence and wide range of science disciplines, the OS&T is an active, reactive and proactive observer of the scientific activity, of technological innovations and their impact. The OS&T has several branches located across the United States: the main office being in the French Embassy in Washington D.C., and within the French consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The Chicago Scientific Office is in charge of 13 Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Map
Its activities focus on agriculture, food production, biotechnology and projects with universities or research institutes in all scientific areas.
The missions of the Chicago Office for Science and Technology are:
- to identify and establish relationships with the key Midwestern institutions of higher education and research (universities, national research laboratories or private research institutions)
- to support partnerships and common projects between French and American universities
- to inform partners in the Midwest on teaching and research in France
- to monitor technological innovation in the Midwest
- to animate a network of French scientists residing in the Midwest.
This list is not exhaustive; the Office is open to any suggestion or proposal concerning academic cooperation in the broadest sense.
France-Chicago Center (FCC) was created in April of 2001 when various individuals, corporations and private foundations came together to match a one million-dollar grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Revenue from the resulting endowment fund—along with generous annual support from individual and corporate sponsors, and support from various divisions within the University of Chicago—make it possible for the French Chicago Center to pursue its mission. More info
The France and Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS) is designed to enhance science at the University of Chicago by encouraging closer relations between researchers in physics, biology and molecular engineering and high-level research teams and institutions in France. It seeks to accomplish this goal by offering seed funding for new projects that promote meaningful academic and scientific exchange, and that show promise of leading to fruitful and sustainable collaboration. This program has an annual fund of around $185,000 for financing projects in the sciences, primarily from the fields of physics, biology and molecular engineering. A call for proposal is launched every year around October and the deadline for submission is usually at the beginning of December.
The Office for Science and Technology in Chicago organizes every spring the French-American Science Festival, as part of the French Innovation Weeks. A great variety of events that showcase the best of French science, technology, innovation, including free conferences with leading French scientists and hands-on activities for students and their teachers, will take place throughout the city !
Open calls for proposals
USA-France Exchange Programs booklet for a list of recurring calls for proposals: https://www.france-science.org/USA-France-Exchange-Programs.html
More info on Scholarships & Grants to go to France : http://campusbourses.campusfrance.org/fria/bourse/#/catalog?lang=en&cid=84