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AN OUTSTANDING INNOVATION POLICY

The Mérieux 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.

There are two types of grants:

  • Advanced Research Grants for the most innovative projects having significant strategic advantages,
  • Starting Research Grants for projects that, although interesting, must clearly demonstrate their feasibility

To know more about the Mérieux Research Grants, please click here.

Mérieux Alliance

Selected projects


Mérieux Research Grants 2013

Rory BOWDEN & Daniel WILSON & Derrick CROOKUniversity of Oxford – Oxford - UK

  • The genetic basis of virulence in Staphylococcus aureus: a whole-genome case-control study

Denis HUDRISIERIPBS – Toulouse

  • TRAP assay for a better immune monitoring of anti-TB vaccines

Ahmad KHALIL & James COLLINSBoston University and HHMI – Boston – US

  • Diagnostic Chip for Rapid Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing Using Reactive Oxygen Species in the Clinical Setting

Carsten KEMSKENSTEFFENCharité – Berlin - Gemany

  • Value of microRNA profiling to predict significant prostate cancer in a cohort qualifying for active-surveillance

Olivier LANTZInstitut Curie - Paris

  • Modulating MAIT cell activity for therapeutic purpose

Jiankang LIU / Jiangang LONGXi’An Jiaotong University - China

  • Nutritional approach to ameliorate skeletal muscle atrophy – targeting mitochondria

MA XiaojunPeking Union Medical College – Beijing - China

  • CLABSI Prevention Project in PUMCH

Ivan MATICInserm Paris

  • Induction of stress response and mutagenesis by the subinhibitory concentrations of antibiotics

MENG SongdongInstitut de Microbiology – Beijing - China

  • Heat shock protein gp96 as the T-cell adjuvant against hepatitis B virus and influenza virus

Hai QITsinghua University – Beijing - China

  • Follicular helper T cell development and function in vivo

Martine RAYMONDRockefeller University – Quebec - Canada

  • Modulation of histone H3 lysine 56 acetylation as a novel anti-fungal therapy

Ilan ROSENSHINEHebrew University – Jerusalem - Israel

  • Combating enterohemorrhagic E. coli infection by targeting its tissue-recognition mechanism

Cynthia SEARSJohns Hopkin – Batimore - US

  • Induction ot Human Colon Cancer by Bacteroides Fragilis Toxin (BFT)-producing Bacteroides Species

Charles SERHANHarvard Boston - US

  • Infection-Inflammation and Activation of Novel Resolution Mediator Programs

Yuanda SONGJiangnan University – Wuxi - China

  • Construction of a ?-3 fatty acid EPA producing cell factory by manipulating the activity and expression of ?-3 desaturase in the fungus Mortierella alpina

Rotem SOREKWeizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

  • Pàan-genomic discovery of novel antibiotics biosynthesis pathways

Pierre TISSIERESInserm – Faculté de médecine – Paris – France

  • Regulatory mechanisms of innate immune genes splicing

Hong-Rui WANG Xiamen University – Fujian - China

  • Relationship between levels of N-acetyl amino acids and tumorigenesis

Ada YONATHInstitut Weizmann, Rehovot - Israel

  • Towards minimizing resistance to antimicrobials

YU ChundongXiamen University – Xiamen – China

  • The role of steroid receptor coactivator 3 (SRC-3) in host defense against bacterial infection and Role of steroid receptor coactivator 3 in bacterial colitis

Ana Tereza de VASCONCELOS (Network)Brazil

  • identification and characterization of bacterial pathogens in nosocomial infection management

Dr Chengbo RONG (Fellowship)CAS Beijing (Pr Gao) - China

  • Structural analysis of Gram-positive, bacteria type IV secretion system (T4SS)

Mérieux Research Grants 2012

Rafi AHMEDEmory University – Atlanta

  • Harnessing the mTOR pathway to enhance vaccine induced immunity

Remy BURCELINInserm – Toulouse - France

  • The identification of predictive and diagnostic blood biomarkers for type 2 diabetes and its cardiovascular complications

Jean Laurent CASANOVAThe Rockefeller University New York - US

  • Revisiting human ISG15 as a potent INF-gamma -inducing and anti-microbial cytokine.

Graham COOKS & Ouyang ZHENGPerdue university – West Lafayette US

  • Paper spray mass spectrometry: A new platform technology for rapid trace chemical analysis.

Francoise DROMERInstitut Pasteur – Paris – France

  • Biocrypto : development of biomarkers of prognosis during cryptococcosis

Carl HAUSERHarvard Medical School – Boston

  • Defining the contribution of mitochondrial peptides to SIRS after tissue injury

Birgitta HENRIQUES-NORMARKKarolinska Institut – Stockholm – Sweden

  • Early host and pneumococcal responses determining invasive disease outcome

Gerard KARSENTYColumbia University – New York - US

  • Serotonin in the whole body energy metabolism

Theo LASSEREPFL – Lausanne – Switzerland

  • SOPHIA Superresolution and Optical Phase Imaging for the Assessment of bacteria–antibiotic interactions

Oded LEWINSONTechnion – Haifa Israel

  • Mechanistic and pharmacological studies of ABC transporters that are essential to bacterial virulence

Cuihua LIUCAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology - beijing

  • Molecular epidemiology and molecular mechanisms of drug resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from patients acquired nosocomial infections"

Jean François MASSONUniversity Montreal – Quebec - Canada

  • hand held sensor for monitoring chemotherapy treatments

Paolo SASSONE-CORSIUniversity of California - Irvine - US

  • Nutrition and metabolism: the epigenetic circadian link

Peter STERKUniversity Amsterdam – The Netherlands

  • Microbial fingerprinting by nano-sensor analysis of exhaled air in infants and adults with respiratory diseases

Assaf VARDI & Asaph AHARONIInstitut Weismann – Rehovot - Israel

  • Ocean metabolomics – Towards drug discovery from marine microbiota systems

HAN Lizhong (Network)Ruijin Hospital Shanghai - China

  • A molecular epidemiologic analysis of Staphylococcus aureus causing nosocomial infections among burn units

ZHANG Xinxin / SUN Hui-Chuan (Network)Rui Jin Hospital Zhongshan Hospital

  • Functional Study on N-Glycosylation Mutation in Hepatitis B Surface Antigen

REN Zefang / SU Yi (Fellowship)Sun Yat-sen University - Guangzhou,


WANG Yanyi / SHU Hong-Bin (Fellowship)Wuhan University - Hubei


ZHANG Huaiyuan / SONG Yuanda (Fellowship)Jiangnan University - Wuxi

Mérieux Research Grants 2011

Etienne Emile BAULIEUInserm – Collège de France Paris

  • Novel approach of the prevention/treatment of naturopathies with dementia, including Alzheimer’s diseases - Emergency of FKBP52 immunophilin function an Tay pathophysiology

Frédéric BIENVENUInserm – Montpellier - France
cooperation agreement with Sharjah University

  • Transcription-Nuclear Export Coupling as a New Cancer Diagnosis-Prognosis and Therapeutic Target Starting grant

Pierre Yves BOCHUDCHUV – Lausanne

  • A genome-wide association study to detect host genetic determinants of susceptibility to pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in the Swiss HIV Cohort Study

Charles COOMBESImperial College – London - UK

  • Predictive modelling of systemic adjuvant therapy outcomes in breast cancer patients

Hua CUIUniversity of Science and Technology of China – Hefei - China

  • Luminescence Functionalized Nanoprobes for chemiluminescence bioassays Starting grant

Eleftherios DIAMANDISMount Sinai Hospital, Toronto - Canada

  • Towards non-invasive diagnosis of urogenital diseases by a novel multiparametric biomarker panel in seminal plasma Advanced grant

Marc-Emmanuel DUMAS – Charles COOMBESImperial College - London

  • Signalling Mechanisms of Metabolic Syndrome by The Gut Microbiota Metabolome
  • Predictive modelling of systemic adjuvant therapy outcomes in breast cancer patients Advanced grant

Simon FILLATREAU & Andreas RADBRUCHLa Charité – Berlin - Germany

  • Development of advanced vaccine adjuvants based on high throughput screening for modulators of intrinsic Toll like receptors signaling in B Cells

Hussam HAICKTechnion – Haifa - Israel

  • Screening, Diagnosis and Monitoring of Prostate Cancer via Exhaled Breath Using an Array of Nanosensors Advanced grant

Na LIPeking University – Beijing - China

  • Foodborne Pathogen Detection using Saccharide Capped Gold Nanoparticles Starting grant

Jianfeng LIUHuazhong University of Science and Technology – Wuhan - China

  • The theranostics biomarker identification in the GABAB receptor/Akt complex for human cancer metastasis treatment Advanced grant

Jeremy NICHOLSON - Elaine HOLMESImperial College - London

  • Quantitative microbial co-metabolite biomarker analysis in acute medicine and public health”. Advanced grant

Tirumalai RAGHUNANDCCMB - Hyderabad – Inde

  • Identification of virulence factors and growth regulators of Mycobacterium tuberculosis: Implications in the development of Diagnostic tools and Vaccines against Tuberculosis

Celso REISUniversité of Porto

  • Glycomic approach to unravel the role of glyco structures in gastric carcinogenesis

Maria Manuela ROSADOResearch Center Ospedale Rome - Italy

  • Spleen development in newborn ; modulation by the croos talk between intestine and spleen

Michael ROUKESKavli Nanoscience Institute

  • Mass spectrometry based on NEMS arrays (NEMS-MS)

Gayatri SABERWALInst. Of Bioinformativs and Applied, Bangalore – India

  • Identify critical factors to building an innovative biotech and pharma industry in India

Jacques SAMARUTENS – Lyon - France
cooperation agreement with Sharjah University

  • Signaling pathways of nuclear receptors in human prostate and colon tumors : toward identification of new pathology biomarkers Starting grant

Hui-Chuan SUNZhongshan Hospital, - Shanghai - China

  • Study of gene expression profile of tumor endothelial cells in hepatocellular carcinoma Starting grant

Jia-Chang YUEInstitute of Biophysics, CAS – Beijing - China

  • Protein motor F0F1-ATPase constructing vital virus biosensor Starting grant