Inserm and the Investments for the Future Program (PIA)

Inserm is involved in structuring and capitalizing on French research through the Investments for the Future Program. The institute takes part in more than 150 initiatives supported by this program.

Managed by the Commissariat-General for Investment, the Investments for the Future Program (PIA) was established by the French state in 2010. Its aim is to finance innovative and promising investments in France, with a principle of co-financing for each project.

Resources have been allocated to five national priorities, including research.

PIA 3: €10 billion, including almost €6 billion for education, research and its implementation

So far, the French state has spent €47 billion on investments for the future, mobilized in two phases. In 2010, €35 billion were dedicated to the first wave (PIA1). The program was expanded in 2014 and was granted an additional sum of €12 billion (PIA2).

PIA3 was announced in July 2016. Of the €10 billion planned, €5.9 billion will go to education, research and its implementation. The goal is to amplify the initial ambition and meet three priorities:

  • supporting progress in education and research,
  • promoting research, and
  • accelerating the modernization of companies.

Inserm and its laboratories are actively involved in the projects financed by Investments for the Future:

  • 9 Initiatives of Excellence (IdEx)
    Initiatives for Excellence are regional initiatives undertaken by higher education and research institutions already recognized for their scientific and educational excellence.
  • 6 Science-Innovation-Territorial-Economic Initiatives (I-site)
    I-site initiatives aim to create universities that exploit specific, distinctive and internationally renowned thematic scientific strengths by using their development strategies and partnerships with the economic world as anchors and driving forces.
  • 53 Laboratories of Excellence (LabEx)
    LabEx are created with the goal of encouraging France's top laboratories to increase their scientific potential by recruiting researchers and investing in innovative facilities. They also promote the emergence of ambitious scientific projects with international visibility.
  • 21 Equipment of Excellence (EquipEx) projects
    The Equipment for Excellence initiative is dedicated to funding research equipment that costs between €1 and €20 million. It is reserved for locally shared projects that are part of the strategy of a higher education and research center in order to make it more attractive to develop strong teams.
  • 16 national infrastructures
    National biology/health infrastructures provide the entire academic community as well as private partners with high-added-value services. These projects promote first-rate technological development in order to effectively support advances in biology.
  • 13 cohorts
    A cohort study Public Health Research > Cohorts] consists in monitoring a population of healthy or sick subjects for several years or even several decades in order to accumulate reliable knowledge about their health.
    Thanks to the PIA, new cohorts will cover fields of public health that have not yet been sufficiently explored, in order to address a national health issue. r santé.
  • 5 University Hospital Institutes (IHUs)
    An IHU is a cluster of excellence within a hospital/university. It revolves around four pillars:
    - one or more recognized healthcare departments,
    - world-renowned biomedical research teams,
    - high-quality university education, and
    - the promotion of innovation thanks to effective translational research partnerships.
  • 2 University Hospital Cancer Research Centers (PHUCs)
    These university hospital clusters of excellence specialize in cancer treatment and research.
  • 15 University Hospital Health Research projects (RHUs)
    The RHU program supports translational research projects rallying the academic, hospital and corporate sectors and strengthens ties between fundamental research and its clinical and industrial applications.
  • 2 Technological Research Institutes (IRTs)
    Combining public and private research, the IRTs are accelerators of innovation. Their objective is to boost competitiveness through industrial research in strategic technological sectors and the structuring of powerful and efficient ecosystems for innovation and growth around leading competitiveness clusters.
  • 4 Preindustrial Biotechnology Demonstrators
    This initiative is dedicated to speeding up the provision of industrial proof of concept - an essential stage between fundamental or applied research and mass production - in order to develop innovations in biotechnological research.
  • 6 Technology Transfer Acceleration Companies (SATTs)
    An SATT is a subsidiary created by one or more establishments (universities and public research organizations) to detect and evaluate inventions produced by laboratories and public research to support them until they are transferred to companies.
  • 6 Nanobiotechnology and Bioinformatics projects
    By bringing together teams in several scientific and technological fields, these projects at the interface of disciplines help develop innovative programs and more effectively support advances in biology and medicine. They use the most advanced technologies to improve knowledge of the living world and health.
  • 9 Carnot Institutes
    A Carnot Institute is a laboratory, group of laboratories or establishment that is committed to a research partnership and effectively collaborates with companies. These institutes help bring together public research and socio-economic stakeholders in order, among other things, to facilitate and accelerate the translation of research into innovation and technology transfer.

At a glance

Inserm and the Investments for the Future Program represent :

  • 9 Initiatives of Excellence (Idex)
  • 6 Science-Innovation-Territorial-Economic Initiatives (I-site)
  • 53 Laboratories of Excellence (Labex)
  • 21 Equipment of Excellence (EquipEx) projects
  • 16 National infrastructures
  • 13 Cohorts
  • 5 University Hospital Institutes (IHU)
  • 2 University Hospital Cancer Research Centers (PHUC)
  • 15 University Hospital Health Research projects (RHU)
  • 2 Technological Research Institutes (IRT)
  • 4 Preindustrial Biotechnology Demonstrators
  • 6 Technology Transfer Acceleration Companies (SATT)
  • 6 Nanobiotechnology and Bioinformatics projects
  • 9 Carnot Institutes

Download full list of Inserm related PIA actions