The list of 29 winners of the PIA3 “Graduate Schools” project was announced on 24 October. The G.E.N.E. and EURIP graduate school projects submitted by the Sorbonne University Consortium and led by Paris Diderot and Paris Descartes universities were among the winners.


On Tuesday, 24 October, Frédérique Vidal, Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and Louis Schweitzer, Commissioner General for Investment, announced the list of 29 winners of the first stage of the PIA3 “Graduate Schools” call for projects and the corresponding grants.


The Graduate School projects offer the possibility of reinforcing the impact and international attractiveness of our academic institutions, by developing combined Master and Doctoral courses supported by one or several top-level research laboratories. This section of the PIA 3 future investment programme is aimed at supporting the creation of structures inspired by the Anglo-Saxon graduate school. The aim is to offer “on each university campus, the possibility of strengthening the impact and international attractiveness of its research in a scientific field”.


Two Graduate School projects (G.E.N.E. and EURIP) submitted by the Sorbonne Paris Cité Consortium and led by the Paris Diderot and Paris Descartes universities, were among the 29 winners (out of 191 projects). The capacity of the two universities to co-build projects of excellence has been demonstrated once again. The Sorbonne Paris Cité Consortium is the leading Paris consortium of academic institutions in terms of grants, with two graduate schools selected for a total of 14 million euro.


G.E.N.E. Graduate School – New Genetics and Epigenetics School


The G.E.N.E. New Genetics and Epigenetics Graduate School pools the strengths of the Who Am I? LabEx (on identity determinants), the GR-Ex (on red blood cell pathologies) and the innovative Paris Diderot-Paris Descartes Magistère in Epigenetics (a magistère is a highly-selective master’s degree).


Since the development of human genome sequencing, research in the field of genetics has progressed at a remarkable pace in the 21st century. Given the impact of genetics and epigenetics in the field of biology and the societal issues they raise, research and teaching in increasingly significant areas is of crucial importance.


The aim of G.E.N.E. is to propose a graduate programme of excellence combining top-level teaching and research expertise. The challenge is clearly for Paris to remain a major teaching centre for genetics and epigenetics.


The programme is based on five pillars of excellence:

  • forty years’ experience in teaching a pioneer international master’s programme in genetics
  • 2 integrated graduate schools: BioSorbonne Paris Cité (BioSPC, ED562) and Haemotology, Oncology, Biotherapies (HOB, ED561)
  • research institutes of excellence ranging from fundamental and clinical research to human genetics,
  • high-tech platforms to support experiential teaching,
  • international research networks such as the Who Am I? LabEx which studies identity through interdisciplinary approaches, the GR-Ex LabEx which supports research excellence in red blood cell diseases, the Protect university hospital department (Promoting Research Oriented Towards Early CNS) and the Inception programme (which studies the appearance of diseases in populations and individuals).


Thanks to a teaching continuum between experimental biology, clinical research and professional training, future graduates can play a key role in genetics and epigenetics research in both the private and academic sectors.


Project Manager: Jonathan Weitzman, Laboratoire Epigénétique et Destin Cellulaire – 01 57 27 89 13


EURIP – Paris interdisciplinary research graduate school


The EURIP Graduate School for interdisciplinary research is attached to the CRI (Interdisciplinary Research Centre) and the IDEFI IIFR.


Teaching in the field of health is developing apace with new digital methods. EURIP combines a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. to study interfaces between the living sciences, digital technology and education by interconnecting the academic and economic spheres. Digital technology has completely transformed the societal issues and scientific subjects of health care and learning. Teaching students about these little explored interfaces means that collaborative innovation, citizen science and entrepreneurship must be combined with scientific methods.


The project is based on a Master’s degree on interdisciplinary innovative approaches to research and education called AIRE and the FdV Graduate School (Frontiers of Living Sciences). These two programmes are unparalleled in their level of excellence – teaching is based on research, project management and transdisciplinary projects. In addition to course work, scientific workshops and international lectures, the students will develop soft skills by working in project groups (industrial design, entrepreneurship, collaboration, ethics and self-actualisation).


The EURIP students will cooperate with students from engineering and industrial design schools and mentors (researchers, entrepreneurs, industrial designers, artists, web designers, computer scientists and game designers).


The EURIP programme is backed up by the CRI (Interdisciplinary Research Centre). The CRI ecosystem already includes a large number of laboratories in both France and abroad, as well as public and private partners, and maintains productive relations on a doctoral level with prestigious institutions and several LabEx.


Project Manager: François Taddei, founder of the CRI
> Contact at Paris Diderot : Pascal Hersen, Laboratoire MSC, 01 57 27 62 16