French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will award U.S. climate scientists with all-expenses-paid grants to conduct their research in France for the remainder of President Trump’s time in office.
About $70 million in “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants will be awarded to about 50 climate research projects, ABC News reported.
Macron will unveil the first winners Monday evening at a startup incubator in Paris called Station F, where Microsoft and smaller tech companies are announcing projects to finance activities aimed at reducing emissions.
The grants will allow researchers to relocate to France for the remainder of Trump’s current presidential term.
Macron announced the “Make Our Planet Great Again” initiative after Trump said in June that he would pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.
Initially aimed at American researchers, the research grants were expanded to other non-French climate scientists, according to organizers. Candidates need to be known for working on climate issues, have completed a thesis and propose a project that would take between three to five years.
“These are the places you have to come work in to develop new initiatives for our planet,” the “Make Our Planet Great Again” website reads.