I'm looking at the CNRS CR (=charge de recherche - a research only academic position with no teaching duties) recruitment process, and in the booklet that walks candidates through the application process, it says :
"You will need to provide a clear, structured presentation of your research project and its scientific interest. You are free to choose the way in which you present your project. There is no limit to the number of pages. Your research proposal should be aimed at one CNRS unit. You will need to indicate the laboratory or laboratories where your project could be conducted and make at least 2 wishes."
I talked to a few French academics, and I got the idea that it's instructive to network with the team, by contacting them, giving a talk etc, and if they belive in your ability, they'll accept to write a joint proposal with you. Is this correct at all? And if yes, who writes most of the proposal - the candidate or the team melbers?
Timeline: What's also not clear to me is when the candidate/applicant is supposed to do so? For example, it's December now, and the competition has been announced on the CNRS website, so does this mean the potential candidates are supposed to have already contacted a team and developed a joint research project? So if I were to be an applicant, is it already late to contact a team and develop a research project? Am I supposed to have done this already?
Some general lesser known insights on writing this joint proposal would be appreciated too!
Thank you in advance!