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CNRS Delegation Visits

The University of Balamand hosted a delegation from the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS-L), on April 24. Headed by Professor Mouin Hamzé, Secretary General of the CNRS-L, the delegation also included
  • Dr. Amal Habib, Consultant for Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Dr. Hassan Charif, Consultant for Basic and Engineering Sciences
  • Dr. Khaled Makkouk, Consultant for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Dr. Charles Tabet, Director of the Scholarship Program, CNRS
  • Dr. Gaby Khalaf, Director of the Center for Marine Research - CNRS
  • Ms. Mona Assaf, Head of International Relations and Cooperation
Dr. Rigas Arvanitis, a resident Visiting Researcher at the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, was also accompanying the delegation.

The delegation met with President Elie Salem, the University Council and with the department chairs from the various faculties at the University. Discussions with President Salem, deans and department chairs shed light on the future national research orientations and the place of scientific research within the priorities of the Lebanese Government. Discussions also focused on the means to increase the existing cooperation between the CNRS-L and the University of Balamand and to create new avenues for collaboration between the constituents of the two institutions.

Department chairs raised a number of issues and expressed several concerns during their meeting with the delegation. Professor Hamzé made the following clarifications.
  • The budget of the Council is six billion Lebanese pounds, or roughly $4 million. This represents less than 0.2 percent of the national budget.
  • Allocation of funds is based solely on merit. There are no quotas, and no specified allocations based on any other social considerations other than the calls for funds specified and publicized in the Council’s website.
  • On average, the Council receives about 300 applications for funding a year, and funds about 50 of them.
  • The Council started to pay greater attention to research in the Social Sciences starting in 2004, and the number of applications in the Social Sciences today average about 15, with 50 percent of them normally receiving funds.
  • The Council is ready to discuss with applicants the reasons behind the rejection of any application, but will do so orally, and not in writing. Often, revised applications are accepted at a later stage.
  • Applicants are invited to seek pre-qualification before they submit a complete proposal. On average, of those whose pre-qualification proposals are approved, only 10 percent are rejected upon presentation of their full proposal.
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