Deadline: April 15th, 2022

The three national infrastructures ProFi, France-BioImaging and FRISBI along with the GIS IBiSA are pleased to announce a call for a funded access to IBiSA-labelled facilities.

Our aim is to promote IBiSA facilities networking through interdisciplinary research projects.

Applications should request access to at least two different IBiSA facilities from two disciplines (structural biology, Biological imaging and proteomics). The call is open to any academic laboratory.

The amount of the financial support will be up to 5000 € per application to cover facility costs.

Applications should be submitted to:
using the template document

The deadline for this inter-infrastructure access call is 15 April 2022.

All submitted proposals will be peer-reviewed by independent experts and the final funding will be approved by a committee comprising 2 representatives from each infrastructure as well as representatives
from GIS IBISA. We advise the project PI to contact the chosen facilities in order to set-up the optimal experimental design.

Call description

  • Deadline: March 4th, 2022
  • For users from a unit attached to the INSB who do not usually use Research Infrastructures’ services for their projects
  • For access to technologies and related expertise
  • For access to expertise in data analysis
  • The scientific project must be a project in the process of being finalized

The field of Life Sciences has undergone major developments over the past two decades. The change of scales, both in spatial and temporal resolution, and the integration of data from a wide variety of sources, as induced by the development of technologies, have revolutionized the exploration of life. These technologies call for expensive investments and specific know-how, carried out by highly qualified personnel, having led to the creation of common infrastructures such as research infrastructures (RIs) open to the entire scientific community.
The Institut des Sciences Biologiques (INSB) from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) is launching a call for projects to fund full access to the national infrastructures in health and biology “INBS Access to national research infrastructures”. This call aims to encourage new teams to use the services offered by Research Infrastructures like France-BioImaging to help their research project. The objective is to demonstrate the significant impact of these services to improve the quality of their results (resolution, reproducibility, change of scale, etc.) or to help remove technological barriers.

Program description

Access to Research Infrastructures is open to the entire French and international scientific community, with costs covered by facility fee billing. The purpose of this program is to facilitate and finance access to these infrastructures in order to encourage teams who do not usually use the research infrastructures’ services to become RIs users, to validate the contribution that the infrastructures could make to their research topic, to remove barriers that impair the completion or finalization of an ongoing project.
As National Research Infrastructure, France-BioImaging is eligible and can host the applicant’s project on one of its facilities.
Several types of access can be supported by this call for projects:

  • Access to technologies and related expertise
  • Access to expertise in data analysis

In addition to the costs of access to infrastructure, travel/mission costs, as well as consumables that are not covered by the costs of access to infrastructure, may be covered.
The funding for each project will be in the range of 10 to 30 K€.

Instructions for submission

This is two-stage submission.
The first stage consists of a letter of intent, prepared by the scientific leader of the project, outlining the
project in which the application fits and highlighting the barriers that could be removed by access to IRs.
This letter of intent must also be signed by the director of the applicant’s unit. The identification of the
infrastructures to access is possible at this stage but not mandatory.
The deadline for submission of this letter is Friday 4th March 2022.

The second phase consists of a consultation between the INSB and the national Research Infrastructures. This will lead to putting the applicant in contact with the infrastructures that are able to meet the expressed needs, in order to evaluate the feasibility and to establish the budget of the final proposal. This stage will lead to the final submission of the project, signed by the heads of the involved IR(s), no later than Friday 8th April 2022.

Project eligibility and selection criteria

  • The scientific leader of the project should be in a unit attached to the INSB.
  • Access to the infrastructure must be fully implemented before 31/12/2022 (deadline for the use of funds)
  • The scientific project must be a project in the process of being finalized.
  • Access to infrastructure must unlock or accelerate the project. The start of a scientific project is not eligible for this call.
  • The letter of intent (maximum of three pages including figures) accompanied by a CV of the project leader (maximum of two pages) must be sent before Friday 4th March 2022 to the following address:

Going to Rendez-Vous Carnot 2021? Drop by our booth and say hello!

In one week from today, we will be travelling to Lyon to attend the Rendez-Vous Carnot 2021! This is the third time we’ll attend the Rendez-Vous Carnot as an exhibitor, in the Research Infrastructures Village. We are going to present France-BioImaging R&D ecosystem and the multiple advanced biological imaging technology developments taking place on FBI imaging platforms and R&D teams.

If you’re in Lyon between November 17 and November 18 attending the Rendez-Vous Carnot as well, be sure to drop by our booth and meet some of our colleagues at the venue:

  • Caroline Thiriet , France-BioImaging External Affairs Manager
  • Etienne Henry, France-BioImaging R&D and Tech-Transfer mission Officer
  • Jean Salamero, France-BioImaging Inter-Infrastructures Activities mission Officer

Besides getting to see in person what services France-BioImaging can offer in terms of R&D and tech transfer in the field of biological imaging, we also invite you to attend the Research Infrastructures special events:

  • On Nov. 17th 15h00 – 15h40: Flash presentations of successful academia-industry collaborations. France-BioImaging will present the success story of the “Nikon Imaging Center@Institut Curie-CNRS: 15 years of collaboration and integration in France-BioImaging”.
  • On Nov. 18th 14h00 – 17h00: Research Infrastructures and Health special event, in partnership with the Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche.
    • What’s the RIs impact on Covid19 research and cancer research?
    • How can RIs work more closely with the France Health Innovation 2030?
    • What is France’s strategic investment plan in health & disease?

Register here and join this event free of charge!

The club of INBSs is an informal consortium of the coordinations from 16 Research Infrastructures. It was initiated one year ago.

Why a CLUB?

  • Past institutional initiatives (DGRI, ANR…) stopped in 2019
  • Specificities and problems common to INBS (mostly distributed with complex perimeters and parent institutions). 21 Infrastructures in the 2018 roadmap of the Ministry of Research (16 members of the Club in October 2021) out of 70, for all disciplines.
  • Sharing of information on: MESRI WGs, ESFRI, Calls (from competition, to coordinated actions)
  • Overlapping service offer instead of benefiting from complementary technologies and skills between INBSs
  • Developing common activities; what, why and how?

What did we do this year ?

Online meetings ( agenda, reports, documentations on

  • January 21st 2020

New roadmaps (national, European).   Régine (FLI) and Isabelle (IDMIT) propose themselves as facilitators.  Changed to “Feedback from ESR/equipex+ for INBS RIs”.

  • February 23rd 2021

Meso-Centers and Data Center / Data management and openness. Perrine (FBI) and Jean François (IFB) as facilitators with invited participants.

  • April 6th 2021

Full costs and pricing “upcoming exercises”. Members of the MESRI WG on pricing, Myriam Ferro (Profi) and Yann Herault (Cellphedia) as facilitators

  • May 31st 2021

First propositions for the organization of a DATA-INBS symposium in December 2021

  • July 7, 2021

Indicators and Impact (Facilitated by MetaBoHUB, FBI and Cellphedia with invited participants): Automated  Indicator Harvesting; Hierarchizing Relevant Indicators for INBS;  KPIs and Impacts  ; Sustainable Development Goals, are we concerned?

  • September  7th, 2021

Focus on year-end meetings:

The NSAF (New Africa-France Summit in Montpellier. October) presentation of INBSs initiatives

RDV Carnot (Village des IR) and Symposium

Organization of the 1st open Meeting of the CLUB, 16 and 17 of December: « Les données des Infrastructures en Biologie et Santé: enjeux et perspectives ».

More information and free but mandatory registration at:

Les données des Infrastructures en Biologie et Santé: enjeux et perspectives – 16-17 Déc.

Deadline for face to face registration: 15th of November

The National Infrastructures in Biology and Health (INBS) club is organizing its first symposium on a theme that concerns them all: the life of the data generated within them.

This two half-day symposium will be in French and will have multiple objectives:

  • Practices and developments in progress or implemented by INBS or Research Infrastructures of other disciplines around the management of our data (PGD structure),
  • Ideas for improvement and cohesion for the future, regarding access to storage and scientific computing structures,
  • Moral and ethical responsibility towards these data (FAIRisation, ethical OpenScience…) and their valorisation,
  • Finally, we will also focus this first meeting on the exchange of experiences between the INBS and with our respective Institutions.