The Office for Science and Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in the United States is a scientific network established at the Embassy in Washington DC and in the consulates of six other cities (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco).

The missions of the OST are as follows:

Promote French science and technology to American players,

– Carry out scientific and technological monitoring of the progress of American laboratories and research institutes, and serve as an observer of American strategy in key areas, particularly in terms of innovation and investment in research and development,

– Initiate or strengthen scientific and technological partnerships by organizing expert missions and scientific meetings, etc.

Promote exchanges of students and researchers through various specific funding programs: Chateaubriand Program, Thomas Jefferson Fund, bilateral funds with prestigious American Universities (Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Texas at Austin),

Support innovation resulting from academic research by supporting young French start-ups in their discovery of the American ecosystem and, conversely, by promoting the attractiveness of France to young innovative American companies.

Under the supervision of the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (in particular the Department of Culture, Education, Research and the Network), the OST also maintains close links with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. It works in liaison with all the players of research in France and acts in cooperation with the other services of the Embassy (cultural service, economic service, social affairs service, etc.), which allows the OST to take into account the social implications and economics of science and technology today.

Finally, the OST works in close collaboration with the representatives of the CNRS, INSERM, CNES, CEA and INRAE present at the Embassy of France in Washington.

Director of the NETVA program:

Rami ABI-AKL, Attaché for Science and Technology, Consulate General of France in Atlanta

Project manager for the NETVA program:

Benjamin BOUMARD (2022), Deputy attaché for Science and Technology, Consulate General of France in Atlanta
Julian MULLER (2021), Deputy attaché for Science and Technology, Embassy of France in Washington DC
Yann MEHEUST (2021), Deputy attaché for Science and Technology, Consulate General of France in Atlanta


Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation