Cooperation strategy

Research in life sciences and health is undergoing rapid change, marked by the acceleration of scientific and technical advances, and the globalisation of major health-related societal challenges. Combined with the emergence of new scientific powers, particularly in Asia and in South America, this development requires changes in the research policies of industrialised countries. It is against this background that the Inserm Directorate-General has developed its new strategy for international cooperation.

To support Inserm’s overall policy, Inserm’s 2016-2020 strategy for European and International cooperation is designed to enable it to:

Developing and/or enhancing cooperation with target countries 

This new cooperation policy, European and international, is part of France’s National Research Strategy (SNR), the international component of which is aimed at establishing a Strategic Orientation Plan in order to develop and/or enhance cooperation between France and target countries.

Inserm’s objectives are currently aimed at:

Moreover, Inserm is strongly involved in structural measures implemented in the Southern countries (Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia), via the Aviesan Sud group, for which it provides coordination within the Aviesan alliance. Coordinated actions are being conducted with regard to infectious diseases, in close association with the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS), and might later be extended to other diseases.

Participating actively in the construction of the European Research Area

As part of its European and international cooperation strategy for 2016-2020, Inserm considers all European countries to be priority countries. The Institute hopes to remain an active participant in constructing the European Research Area (ERA), by facilitating and supporting its teams in European cooperation and competition. Thus, the Institute’s strategy in relation to Europe is divided into 3 major strands:

Encouraging targeted bilateral cooperation

Inserm encourages targeted bilateral cooperation by:

Encouraging participation in European programmes by Inserm teams 

These programmes, and primarily the Horizon 2020 programme, constitute added value in strategic scientific and financial terms. To encourage participation by these teams, the Institute:

Increasing influential actions under Aviesan and CLORA

CLORA (Club of Associated Research Organisations) was created to facilitate actions by those involved in French public research in relation to the institutions of the European Union. Inserm is a permanent member of CLORA.

Increasing the attractiveness of the Institute abroad

Becoming an international benchmark for research also means increasing the attractiveness of Inserm abroad. Two types of initiatives are being undertaken by the Institute in this regard:

These actions are included in the HSR4R process (Human Resources Strategy for Researchers) adopted by Inserm in 2016.

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