The French “Make out Planet Great Again” project kicked off on Monday, extending grants to 18 pioneering researchers around the world who are willing to relocate in France.
50 grants will be allocated by Spring 2018. The grant is named after Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan, as a direct challenge to Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate change accord.
Extending grants ranging from €1 million to €1.5 million, the research fund aims to lure global research talent to France. Thirteen of the scientists announced on Monday were Americans, ranging from Stanford’s Nuria Teixido to Luis Derry from Cornell, France 24 reports.
The French grants have attracted thousands of applications, especially in the US, but also from Italy, Spain, Poland, Canada, and India.