Agence Nationale pour la recherche (ANR)
The National Research Agency (ANR) is a funding agency that finances public research and research partnerships in France. The main activity of the ANR is to fund projects of scientific and technological research through competitive calls for proposals. These projects are carried out by one or several research teams and extend over a fixed period of an average of 3 years. In addition to calls for proposals, ANR finances specific operations in the field of technology transfer, as Carnot institutes or industrial chairs. It also seeks to finance operations of international scientific cooperation.
National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent United States government agency responsible for promoting science and engineering through research programs and education projects. With an annual budget of about US$7.0 billion (fiscal year 2012), the NSF funds approximately 20% of all federally supported basic research conducted by the United States' colleges and universities. In some fields, such as mathematics, computer science, economics and the social sciences, the NSF is the major source of federal backing.
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. Founded in 1939 by governmental decree, CNRS evaluates and carry out all research capable of advancing knowledge and bringing social, cultural, and economic benefits for society. As the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, CNRS carried out research in all fields of knowledge, including Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Ecology and Environment, Information Sciences and Technologies, Engineering and Systems Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences. CNRS has developed interdisciplinary programs which bring together various CNRS departments as well as other research institutions and industry.
Universite Montpellier 2
The University of Montpellier is one of the oldest University of sciences in Europe. In the first school in Montpellier, created in 1222, were taught medicine and law, arts, theology. Over time new scientific disciplines have appeared, such as chemistry (first chair in 1676), mathematics, astronomy, physics, zoology, botany, and mineralogy. Today, Montpellier 2 University is 2519 Teacher-researchers, researchers, PhD students, technical and administrative staff. There are annually more than 3000 publications, 40 patents and 1500 communications. More than six hundred collaborations bind research laboratories at the University Montpellier 2 with their counterparts around the world. The Montpellier 2 University is the 5th French university outside Paris region after Strasbourg 1, Grenoble, Bordeaux 1, Lyon 1, and Aix Marseille 2, (ranking of Shanghai). More than 300 PhD theses are defended each year, and 15,000 students living on its campus.
Institut Carnot CED2
Established in 2006, the Carnot label is intended to develop research partnerships between public laboratories in collaboration with socio-economic actors, mainly companies (SMBs to large groups) in response to their needs. The research partnership is an important economic driver in promoting business innovation, competitiveness and growth. The heart of the research activity of CED2 is the controoled elaboration, characterization and study of molecules and materials for energy, the "green chemistry", the preservation of resources, the protection of the environment and health.
The CheMISys Balard project aims to develop the concept of "chemical system" for providing new perspectives on knowledge of new materials for applications in the fields of energy, recycling, cosmetics, biology and health.