The Institut Curie (IC) is a private nonprofit organization created in 1909 which combines a leading European cancer research center with a hospital group. The research center, directed since 2013 by Geneviève Almouzni, PhD, brings together physicists, medicinal chemists, biologists, bioinformaticians and clinicians thereby favoring a multi-disciplinary research. It is located on 2 main sites in central Paris and Orsay, with Mounira Amor-Guéret, PhD, as Orsay Deputy Director.
Structure of the Research Center
The Research Center (RC) is constituted by 12 mixed units (CNRS, INSERM, UPMC, Paris-Sud University), regrouped in 4 domains, and 1 translational department. Each domain has a high medical and innovative potential. They rely on robust interactions initiated by the Labex projects coordinated by IC (DEEP, CelTisPhyBio and DCBIOL). This organization also reflects our international courses on topics specific to our shared research interests. These 4 domains are interconnected thanks to transversal activities such as technology platforms and advanced training, as well as to the Translational Department (the main pillar of the Medico-Scientific Program (MSP) at the RC) and clinical research (the second MSP pillar in the Hospital Complex (HC)). These activities enable natural links between the HC and the 12 research units, and are an efficient channel of communication furthering dialogues and information sharing, essential for accelerating the passage from exploration to application.
The frontier of knowledge can only disappear along with those of structures and countries. The richness of diversity is the very culture of the institute. The capacity to exchange and network is an essential ingredient for the success of all our research.
Being engaged with the outside world is a way to achieve greater innovation. Based in France, Institut Curie is part of a rich environment in which it has developed numerous ties with universities and institutions, both nationally and abroad.
Institut Curie is also involved in the Libra project. This European H2020 project, developed within the EU-Life network, advocates for gender equality in research. The purpose of the Libra project is to pursue this goal and implement innovative actions to achieve it.
Institut Curie is also promoting scientific integrity among researchers. All new arrivals to Institut Curie’s Research Center are strongly encouraged to attend Scientific Integrity Training, however the session is open to all Institut Curie’s personnel. This training session covers aspects such as: definition of scientific integrity, different types of scientific fraud and misconduct, their frequency and consequences, and also discuss good research practices and the importance of a responsible research for science and society.
Strategy for 2014-2018: 6 main priorities
As a cancer biology centre with an international renown, our research strategy at each site is based on a collaborative approach to produce creative innovations at the highest level, in both scientific and medical spheres, for the benefit of the patient undergoing cancer therapy. The breadth of our research makes it possible to decipher the complexity and functions of normal and of cancerous cells, using an interdisciplinary integrated approach at the levels of both tissue and organism. A range of model systems, from yeast to human, and cutting edge technologies, is needed to decipher the complex molecular mechanisms at play over a range of scales. Our goal is to advance scientific knowledge while simultaneously nourishing translational research to provide advances in the domains of prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. The RC is equally determined that technological platforms, and optimized, responsive resources (compound libraries, databases, biological resources) are available for its talented scientists. This requires not only a focus on local infrastructure, but also to build upon the networks of national and international collaborations established by our scientists, by our partnerships, and by our position as a founding member of the IDEX PSL. Thanks to a policy of international recruitment founded on competitive calls (for young research teams, postdocs, and PhD students), we enrich and renew our staff, intensely engaged in dialogues, cross disciplinary interactions, and collaborations. Research and training are brought together at all career stage. Due to a style of participatory training, “Trainers are trainees and vice versa”, each individual can establish a suitable path of development. Whether scientist or physician, they can thus be prepared to pursue academic, medical or entrepreneurial careers.
- Promoting evolution from multidisciplinary to interdisciplinary programs
- Developing translational research & fostering transformation of scientific discoveries into medical advances
- Promoting & further developing cutting edge technologies
- Supporting dynamic of the junior groups
- Supporting training & education
- Developing international & industrial partnerships
Research Center General Management
The Research Centre brings together 1107 employees at two sites: Paris and Orsay. The research in oncology at the Institut Curie in both basic and applied research is some of the most innovative in Europe. Excellence is the result of collaborations between the Institute teams, but also with other partners, in France and abroad.
The Institut Curie committed a year ago with the European Commission to obtain the “HR Excellence in Research” label. This label encourages institutions that have signed the “European Charter for Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”. They contribute to their attractiveness to researchers around the world and determine the obtaining of some research funding from the European Union.
Dr Geneviève Almouzni, director of the research center
Yann Guivarch, deputy director of the research center
- Build the budget and ensure its proper execution,
- Establishing a close link with the research operators, units and platforms to ensure the best service,
- Ensuring all general accounting operations, analytical and budgetary, are in compliance with legal rules and regulations,
- Propose procedures and reactive procedures to enable resources optimization,
- Ensuring the return of financial information to research teams, media platforms and services,
- Manage business expenses,
- Supervise supply store.
Phillippe Bez, financial director
Human Resources Management
The Human Resources Department is responsible for recruiting, integrating, training, supporting and managing all permanent or non-permanent staff throughout their career at the Institut Curie Research Center. It also plays a role in the support of lab directors and/or their team leaders in providing assistance with regard to administrative aspects related to the hiring of scientific personnel.
The Institut Curie has obtained the “HR Excellence in Research” label. This label values institutions that have signed the “European Charter for Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”. They contribute to their attractiveness to researchers around the world and condition the obtaining of some research funding from the European Union.
Stéphane Lacroix, director of the Human Resources Department
The grants office assists project managers in mounting their files and tracking their funded projects, regardless of the funder concerned. This department is a single point of contact for all matters relating to research contracts, whether they are administrative, HR, legal, etc.
Sylvie Le Coïdic, Head of the Office
Prevention, Radiation Hygiene, Hygiene et Safety, Environment Department
The prevention, radiation hygiene, hygiene and safety, and environment service is responsible for advising the head of Research Center of the Institut Curie and implementing risk reduction actions related to the activities and buildings in favor of research units and the protection of the environment. The risks involved are particularly chemical, biological, associated with ionizing radiation (sealed sources and unsealed), NMR, fire, electrical, lasers etc.
The activities focus on three areas: technical, organizational and human aspects and can be divided into 5 sections:
- fact-finding and analysis,
- functional assignment and recommendation,
- operational mission,
- liaison mission,
- mission of communication and information.