Under a partnership between Inserm and CNRS, a call for proposals is launched aimed at enabling young scientists to create and lead a team within an established Inserm or CNRS laboratory in France.

The ATIP - Avenir grant is allocated for a period of 3 years. After evaluation, it can be

extended for an additional 2 years.

It is open to any young scientists, whatever their present position and nationality, who have

defended their PhD (or equivalent doctoral degree) within the last 10 years (after October 29,

2003)1. Successful applicants will have to develop their projects within a structure in which

he/she has not been working for more than 18 months2 and will not find any previous mentors (of

PhD and/or postdoctorate). Laureates of a grant for the young researchers similar to the ATIPAvenir

program are not eligible (e.g. "Young investigator" or "Chairs of Excellence" ANR

programmes or “ERC Starting Grant”). No more than two applications are allowed.

Projects must relate to Life sciences or Health. The interdisciplinary projects allying the biology to

the mathematics, physics, informatics, chemistry, public health (more specifically economic and

social sciences research about social determinants of health), will be examined with a particular

attention. Applications from clinicians and qualified women are strongly encouraged.



- Annual grant of € 60,000.

- Two-year salary for a postdoctoral researcher.

In addition, non-tenured successful applicants are guaranteed a monthly gross salary of € 3,600

(before tax deduction) for 3 years.

The host laboratory will provide the team with a dedicated research area of about 50m²

(infrastructures fees will be paid by the host lab) and access to the local technological facilities.

Applicants may submit their proposal without an identified host laboratory but must then in

parallel contact Inserm and/or CNRS to help identifying a suitable scientific environment.


Selection procedure

Applications will be assessed by specialized international scientific committees with appropriate


LS1 Molecular and Structural Biology, and Biochemistry;

LS2 Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology;

LS3 Cell Biology, Development and Evolution;

LS4 Physiology, Pathophysiology and Translational Research;

LS5 Neurosciences and Disorders of the nervous system;

LS6 Immunity, Infection and Microbiology;

LS7 Diagnostic tools, Therapies, Biotechnology and Public Health.

The selection will be done in two stages: shortlisting in April 2014 and interviews of the selected

applicants in June 2014. The final list of laureates and their host laboratories will be established

jointly by Inserm and CNRS early July 2014.

Applications must be submitted in electronic form  before November 29th 2013

Proposals should be submitted on-line at:



Further information can be obtained from


Christine Guillard and/or Christiane Durieux



Catherine Cavard