International collaborations are formalized through the creation of International Research Network (GDRI) or International Associated Laboratories (LIA). The C2N stays open to new collaborations, both national and international, as an integral part of its strategy. C2N is also involved in numerous international research projects, including ERC, FET OPEN and Marie Curie Grants.
Alain Bosseboeuf, CNRS Senior Researcher is coordinator of the International Research Network (GDRI) Network on NAno and Micro Systems (NAMIS - http://namis.iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp/) whose visibility is intercontinental. Indeed, the GDRI NAMIS gathers 12 partners coming from 9 countries pays of 3 different continents. In 2016-2018, 3 workshops were organized in The Netherlands, South Korea and Finland, as well as 3 international schools in Japan, in Germany and in the US.
The LIA is a "laboratory without walls" between a CNRS laboratory and a (or several) foreign laboratories formalized through a contract signed by the heads of both organizations, with provisions covering issues such as intellectual property rights. Human and material resources are pooled to carry out the project. Teams or laboratories associated through an LIA retain their separate autonomy, status, Director and location. The LIA activities are coordinated by two co-principal investigators and by a scientific steering committee.