The partnerships established between Inserm, health agencies and welfare organizations have a variety of goals, including detecting new research topics, providing scientific support to study the health of the population, and improving care and prevention systems.
Inserm's partnerships with health agencies are reflected in various joint actions:
- seminars and conferences;
- initiatives to support the development of research through tenders; and
- the implementation of large-scale projects such as the National Health Data System.
These actions, which are often jointly financed, aim to identify new research topics by combining Inserm's biomedical expertise with that of experts in complementary fields such as demographics and social sciences.
As part of the Cancer Plan, the National Cancer Institute (INCa), in partnership with Inserm on behalf of Aviesan and the Ministry of Health (DGSO), labels integrated cancer research sites (SIRIC for "SItes de Recherche Intégrée sur le Cancer") whose mission is to develop and conduct integrated research programmes, as well as to set up programmes to disseminate knowledge and new practices. The funding of these SIRICs is jointly provided by INCa, DGOS and Inserm.
In 2018, the 8 labelled SIRICs are the following:
- SIRIC Curie - Institut Curie, Paris
- LYriCAN (Manipulating cell plasticity for innovative cancer treatment) - Centre Léon Bérard, Lyon
- BRIO (Bordeaux Recherche Intégrée Oncologie) - Bordeaux
- SIRIC Montpellier Cancer - Montpellier
- SOCRATE - Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif
- CARPEM (CAncer Research for PErsonalized Medicine) - AP-HP (Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Hôpital Cochin/Hôtel-Dieu et département d'hématologie de l'hôpital Necker), Paris
- ILIAD (Imaging and Longitudinal Investigations to Ameliorate Decision making in multiple myeloma and breast cancer) - CHU de Nantes
- CURAMUS (Cancer United Research Associating Medicine, University & Society) - Groupe Hospitalier Pitié Salpêtrière, Paris
Inserm establishes partnerships with welfare organizations for two reasons:
- to provide scientific support for monitoring and improving the health of the population; and
- to develop and capitalize on knowledge and methodologies for optimizing management of care and prevention systems.
These partnerships take various forms:
- organization of collective expert appraisals,
- funding of specific research, and
- literature reviews.