A National Research Infrastructure for Biological Imaging


France-BioImaging is a National Infrastructure in Biology and Health (INBS) laureate of the national Program “Investissements d’Avenir” (PIA-ANR) in the field of biological imaging. FBI is at the crossroads between molecular and cell biology, biophysics and engineering, mathematics and informatics. This unique coordinated infrastructure gathers several large biological imaging facilities and laboratories specializing in R&D for imaging in 5 local and one transversal Nodes. France-BioImaging aims at creating the most efficient adoption of the latest advances in all technologies and methods related to microscopy, by the users of the imaging facilities. These technologies and methods, reinforced by a strong support in computational analysis, provide quantitative measures and integrative understanding of a wide range of cell and tissue activities in biological models, from the simplest, to small animals in normal and pathological situations.

FBI is organized in five main Work Packages conducted by the specialists in the relevant fields, including Biologists, Physicists, Chemists, and Computer scientists and engineers. This unique combination of pluridisciplinary approaches and backgrounds allows FBI to join forces at the national level to overcome important technological barriers.


All the users (and thus authors) are required to acknowledge France BioImaging when they use one of the FBI core facilities or technologies and methodologies developed through FBI funding. Papers from FBI funded Teams or scientific collaboration within or with FBI members are also concerned. The mandatory term is:

“The National Infrastructure France-BioImaging supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR-10-INBS-04)”

Depending on the context, we suggest two model sentences:

  • For the publications of scientists using one of the France-BioImaging Imaging Facilities:  “We acknowledge the X (name of imaging facility), member of the national infrastructure France-BioImaging supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR-10-INBS-04)”
  • For the publications by FBI members (technological development or scientific projects and collaborations) the sentence must appear in tributes as follows: “We acknowledge France-BioImaging infrastructure supported by the French National Research Agency (ANR-10-INBS-04)

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