The Université de Lyon celebrates the extension of eleven of its laboratories of excellence

On The February 11, 2019

On February 11, 2019, Frédérique Vidal, minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and Guillaume Boudy, general secretary for Investment, announced the list of 103 Laboratories of Excellence (LabEx) which have been extended for an additional five-year period. Eleven of these Laboratories of Excellence are affiliated with the Université de Lyon, which maintains Lyon’s status as the number one academic site in terms of number of LabEx.

Since 2011, the French government, through the Investments for the Future Program (PIA), has been funding LabEx which bring together research teams with a high level of international visibility and which are working on ambitious scientific projects. Of the 171 existing Laboratories of Excellence, 114 were assessed in 2017 and 103 have been extended for a five-year period.

The extended LabEx cover all academic fields, with confirmed scientific results and new technologies. The additional funding of 444 million euros (over a five-year period) from the State demonstrates its commitment to research.

The Université de Lyon is proud that these eleven projects have been extended, as they drive visibility and increase the attractiveness of the Lyon Saint-Étienne site and make it possible for cutting-edge multidisciplinary scientific projects to gain visibility on the global stage. However, the Université de Lyon’s ECOFECT LabEx (Eco-evolutionary dynamics of infectious diseases) was not extended.