Merieux Research Grants
These research grants are designed to promote and identify innovative projects. They provide investigators (junior, senior, in the medical or scientific community) in public and private laboratories with the funding needed to conduct projects on infectious diseases, cancer and cardiovascular diseases, nutrition, food and water safety.
All applications go through a rigorous review process. Those that are selected are awarded a two-year grant (up to € 200,000), with Institut Mérieux having the option of establishing strategic partnerships in the event of success.
The Merieux Research Grants are flexible (i.e. can be used for consumables, equipment, salaries and/or travel expenses), and open to any established scientist from academic and private research institutions. Applications from pharma/biotech entities are not eligible. Grants are primarily allocated to proposals submitted by a single principal investigator. Collaborative projects from two PIs are eligible (though not prioritized) : in such a case, grants from successful applications will be allocated to the hosting institution of the main PI. Grants are awarded upon assessment of a short (seven pages) proposal. Evaluation is carried out three times a year by internal and external experts (deadline for submission : January 6, 2015 / April 30, 2015 / September 24, 2015) . The selection is stringent with an approximate 5-10% rate of acceptance. The whole selection process takes about 4-6 months. Money for the first year is allocated between 3 to 12 months after decision of acceptance (depending on further negotiations between the Institut Merieux and the hosting institution of the Principal Investigator).
Institut Mérieux will not claim any intellectual property rights but will however request a free right of first refusal to negotiate a license on the results of the funded research project. Should the exploitation of such results be also subject to the use of pre-existing intellectual property rights belonging or licensed to the Grant Applicant, said Grant Applicant shall necessarily clearly identify within its Grant Application such pre-existing intellectual property rights and their associated conditions of access.
Before submitting a Grant application to Institut Mérieux, please be informed that this call is associated with the following non-negotiable conditions:
1. As mentioned above, Institut Mérieux (or any of its designated affiliates) shall benefit from a free right of first refusal to negotiate a license on the results of the research project funded by Institut Mérieux.
2. The lump sum granted is a maximum amount, which includes a maximum overhead rate of 10% from your organization.
3. Institut Mérieux will request a binding statement of the host institution establishing the conditions of independence of the Principal Investigator. This binding statement can be sent at a later stage for successful applications only.
4. Attendance to a two-day annual seminar held in Annecy (France), which gathers scientists awarded by the Institut Merieux with ongoing grants, is mandatory to receive the second year funding allocation.
5. Issuance by the Grantee and communication to Institut Mérieux of a final Report at the end of the research conducted under the Project funded.
6. The Grant agreement shall be governed by French law and submitted to French jurisdictions.
7. The negotiation of the Grant Agreement has to be finalized at the latest 12 months after the sending date of the Grant Acceptance. Beyond this period, the Institut Mérieux Grant offer will be deemed null and void.
Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to Marie-Helene Brinjean (assistant). A cover letter highlighting the objectives and impact of the project, and the relevant expertise and achievements of the PI is welcome (though not mandatory)
Marc Bonneville Vice-Président Institut Mérieux, in charge of Medical and Scientific Affairs email@example.com
Please send your projects to Marie-Helene Brinjean (Assistant) firstname.lastname@example.org