According to NPR, the “French President Macron has awarded long-term research grants to 18 climate scientists — 13 of them U.S.-based researchers — to relocate to France and pursue their work with the blessing of a government that doesn’t cast doubt on the threat of climate change. Macron’s appeal produced 1,822 applicants, nearly two-thirds from the US. Candidates had to have a proven track record on climate research and propose a project that would take up to five years to complete.”
The French government said that more than 5,000 people from 100 countries expressed interest in the grants, many of them U.S.-based researchers.
“About 50 projects will be chosen overall, and funded with 60 million euros ($70 million) from the state and French research institutes. The amount of money awarded to climate researchers wasn’t immediately disclosed. Senior researchers were eligible for grants up to $1.7 million.
The American climate scientist Camille Parmesan, one of 18 initial winners said in an interview with The Associated Press, Macron’s appeal “gave me such a psychological boost, to have that kind of support, to have the head of state saying I value what you do.”
Another winner, Louis A. Derry, professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University told the Washington Post: This is a chance to work on some very exciting science questions with my French colleagues.