Inserm European and International Associated Laboratories Programme
In the framework of its 2016-2020 strategic plan, Inserm adopted a new strategy regarding European and International cooperation. Inserm wishes to develop and consolidate cooperative research programs with foreign research organisations identified as strategic partners.
On one hand, it aspires to foster excellent International research cooperation, notably with a selection of priority countries, as specified in its strategic plan (Brazil, Canada, China, India, Israel, Japan, Maghreb countries, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United-States). On the other hand, it aims to promote excellent scientific collaborations with all European countries in the perspective of continuing to benefit from more resources from the European Commission research support programmes, including Horizon 2020.
In order to offer its researchers the opportunity to initiate and strengthen excellent European and International scientific collaborations, Inserm implements European and International Associated Laboratories (EAL/IAL), in particular, but not only, with the countries targeted in its cooperation strategy.
An EAL/IAL is a virtual cooperation structure which aims at developing a common research project on the basis of a new or pre-existing scientific collaboration between an Inserm research team and a foreign research team. Formalized through the signature for 4 years of a cooperation agreement, its creation depends on scientific excellence of implicated research teams and the proposed research project.
This programme is based on annual calls for proposals opening in March and closing in June of year (n) for creation of EAL/IAL in year (n+1).