A major player in European research

The INSU enhances its visibility on the European scale while promoting scientific excellence, competitiveness, innovation and cooperation in Europe through its involvement in many projects supported by the Horizon 2020 programme,

107 ERC grant winners
10 H2020 projects steered by the INSU
9 European infrastructures

The INSU has a strong presence in European consortia through the Horizon 2020 programmes involving societal challenges, the Space programme, infrastructures or Marie Sklodowska-Curie grants. Nearly 90 collaborative projects are underway in all INSU units.
In addition, INSU researchers are strongly involved in ERC (European Research Council) calls for proposals. Here is the list of ERC grant winners (in French) working in INSU laboratories.

The European Research Area

Since the 2000s, the European Union has been working diligently to set up a European Research Area (ERA) to promote the free movement of researchers, scientific knowledge and technologies and Europe-wide research cooperation projects. The INSU's activities are fully in line with this context through its participation in successive Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development.

European research infrastructures

The scientific themes which the INSU works on require the use, development and sharing of European research infrastructures and access to these. They are supported within the framework of the ESFRI and/or Horizon 2020 roadmaps. Their national components are presented in the National Roadmap for French Research Infrastructures. Other projects are forerunners of future infrastructures or projects aimed at integrating one or more European infrastructures.

ESFRI Infrastructures

  • ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure network)
  • CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array)
  • E-ELT (European Extremely Large Telescope)
  • EMSO (European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory)
  • EPOS (European Plate Observing system)
  • IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a Global Observing System)
  • ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System)

Forerunners of future infrastructures

  • eLTER (European Long-Term Ecosystem research Network)
  • EU-FAR (European Facility for Airborne Research)

Projects to integrate infrastructures

  • ASTERICS (Astronomy ESFRI and Research Infrastructure Cluster)
  • EUROCHAMP (Integration of European Simulation Chambers for Investigating Atmospheric Processes)
  • JERICO (Joint European Research Infrastructure Network for Coastal Observatories)
  • OPTICON (Optical Infrared Co-ordination Network for astronomy)
  • SeaDataCloud (Further developing the pan-European infrastructure for marine and ocean data management)