September Opening Date for Inserm Cancer Research Equipment Grant Call

The 2024 Inserm Cancer Research Equipment Grant call, providing funding to French research establishments for the purchase of medium and large cancer research equipment, is set to open in late September.

Founded in in France in 1964, the Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (Inserm – French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) is a public scientific and technological institute. Its mission is to understand and improve human health through the coordination of research in all life and health sciences.

One of the main objectives of France’s Cancer Plan is to support basic research for diagnostic and therapeutic innovation leading to better understanding of the mechanisms of the development of cancer. The equipment available in laboratories, research platforms in particular, is necessary to achieve this objective. The call for projects to finance the purchase of equipment is administered by Inserm on behalf of The Institut Thématique Multi-Organisme Cancer (ITMO Cancer – Multi-organisational Thematic Institute for Cancer) of the Alliance nationale pour les sciences de la Vie et de la Santé (AVIESAN – French National Alliance for Life Sciences and Health). Its main objectives are to support ambitious cancer research projects, promote interaction between teams and reinforce the image of French teams at the international level.

To be eligible, the scientific coordinator must be a permanent researcher or engineer affiliated to a French research organisation. The managing organisation where the coordinator is affiliated must either be a public research organisation, a higher education establishment, a health establishment, a research foundation reconnue d’utilité publique or a Centre de Lutte Contre le Cancer (CLCC). Coordinators must devote at least 30% of their time to the project. The project must be conducted in a laboratory under the supervision of a French research organisation and located in France. The participation (as partners) of private companies and/or foreign teams is possible providing they secure their own funding in the project for which the equipment is acquired.

Funding can be for the purchase of medium- (between €50,000 and €134,999) or large-sized (between €135,000 and €1 million) pieces of equipment: delivery, installation and VAT included. In the case of large equipment purchases, co-funding must already have been secured. Funding will not be awarded for requests for less than €50,000. Expenses must be directly related to the purchase of the equipment.

Applications must be submitted from 26 September to 30 November 2023.

(This report was the subject of a ResearchConnect Newsflash.)