WHAT IS A JOINT LINKAGE CALL?
A joint linkage call (JLC) is a project that enhances mobility between research institutes. Successful projects fund travel by researchers between INRAE and a partner research institute. The goal is to build or facilitate a research project that tackles scientific themes jointly chosen by the two parties.
HOW LONG DO JOINT LINKAGE CALLS LAST?
Generally, JLCs last a few years (3–5 on average).
The call for projects occurs annually, with a date that is fixed by the two research institutes.
WHO CAN APPLY TO CREATE A JOINT LINKAGE CALL?
In France, those applying to create a JLC must be INRAE researchers OR either university professors or researchers from other institutes that are part of an INRAE joint research unit.
WHEN AND HOW CAN THIS APPLICATION BE SUBMITTED?
There is an annual call for applications. The specific dates vary depending on the country and the partner institutes. In tandem with submission by INRAE researchers, researchers at the foreign partner institute must submit their application to the governmental entities under whose aegis they fall.
Research mobility needs to take place in both directions, with scientists from each institute traveling to the partner institute. The application must include a description of the scientific project and a preliminary budget.
HOW ARE APPLICATIONS EVALUATED?
The evaluation process takes place simultaneously in the two countries involved, at INRAE and at the partner institute. At INRAE, the selection process is carried out by the division heads and the metaprogramme directors responsible for the units involved in the JLC.
HOW ARE JOINT LINKAGE CALLS FUNDED?
INRAE and the partner institute provide matching funding.
Each institute pays for the trips of its researchers. JLCs only pay for travel and living expenses; costs related to laboratory functioning and equipment are not covered. After the trips have taken place, researchers at both institutes must submit a report.