Academic partner organizations

Set up in April 2009, the French National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health (Aviesan) groups together the main stakeholders of life and health sciences in France.

Founded in 1964, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) is a public scientific and technological institute which operates under the joint authority of the French Ministry of Health and French Ministry of Research.

Since its creation in 1887, the Institut Pasteur has become famous throughout the world as a symbol of science and french culture. For 120 years, our foundation has been contributing to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases through research, teaching and public health initiatives.


CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization under the responsibility of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

The National Institute for Agricultural Research is a public research institution under the joint authority of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forests. The research conducted at INRA concerns agriculture, food, nutrition and food safety, environment and land management, with particular emphasis on sustainable development.

As a French science and technology establishment, the IRD is under the joint supervision of the Ministries of Research and Foreign Affairs. The IRD is a research organisation that, together with its southern partners, addresses international development issues. To improve sanitary conditions, understanding the evolution of society, preserving the environment and resources are the pillars of its work with a view to achieving the millenium development objectives.

The Institut Pasteur de Lille is a private foundation registered charity since 1898. The mission of the Institut Pasteur de Lille is to science for the benefit of public health.

The CHU are located in 29 regional capitals Francaise. These hospitals are bound by agreement to universities since 1958. The CHU have to triple mission: patient care, training of medical students and biomedical research.

The Conference of University Presidents (CPU) represents and defends the interests of the institutions that includes universities, national polytechnics institutes, higher normal schools, large institutions, research centers and higher education.

Public institution of scientific and technological research (EPST) under the joint supervision of the Ministries of Research and Industry, INRIA, established in 1967, is tasked to produce excellent research in computer fields and mathematics computational sciences and ensure the impact of this research. Inria covers the entire spectrum of research at the heart of these areas of activity, and is involved in the issues related to the digital, asked by other sciences and economic and societal actors.