The CNRS's different tools enable the INP to give structure to the multitude and wealth of its research teams' international interactions.
The first main example of these tools is the International Emerging Actions initiative (IEA, ex-PICS). There are currently 58 IEA running. On average, 66% of the INP's publications are co-authored with international partners.
In addition, there are currently 12 International Research Networks (IRN, ex-GDRI) and 21 International Research Projects (IRP, ex-LIA), whose respective objectives are to give a structure to networks of laboratories and of "laboratories without walls".
Finally, there are 3 International Research Laboratories (IRL, formerly called International Joint Units or UMI);
- MajuLab in Singapore (quantum physics and new materials);
- <MSE>² (MultiScale Material Science for Energy and Environment) in Cambridge, United States (studies of porous materials);
- the Interdisciplinarity Scientific Center Poncelet (ISCP) in Moscow (theoretical physics and applied mathematics).