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LYoN eXcellences – LYNX Project

In response to the PIA4 "Excellence in all its forms" call for projects, the institutions Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, Lyon 2 University, Lyon 3 University, CPE Lyon, VetAgro Sup, INSA Lyon, Centrale Lyon, Mines Saint-Étienne and ENTPE - Ecole de l'Aménagement Durable des Territoires have decided to submit a joint proposal for an ambitious academic project.

The project also brings together the CHU/Hospices Civils de Lyon, the Centre Léon Bérard, the Centre Hospitalier Le Vinatier and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The research organizations CNRS, INSERM, INRAE, INRIA and IFPEN are partners, and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Lyon (ENSAL) is also involved.
The consortium thus brings together a range of institutions overseen by different government departments: Higher Education, Research and Innovation; Ecological Transition; Industry; Agriculture and Food; Solidarity and Health. It encompasses the major disciplinary fields of human and animal health, science, engineering, and human and social sciences.
To present this project, named LYNX, a press conference was held in person and remotely in Lyon on June 10, 2021, the day that the application was submitted.

A press conference bringing together all the stakeholders

On Thursday, June 10, 2021, in the Salle des thèses of the Lyon East health site, the seventeen presidents and directors of the member institutions of this new federative project in Lyon gathered or joined remotely. Frédéric Fleury, President of Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, Nathalie Dompnier, President of Lyon 2, Frédéric Fotiadu, Director of INSA Lyon, and Raymond Le Moign, Director General of the HCL, took turns to present the project on behalf of the consortium.
Yannick Neuder, Vice President with responsibility for Health, Higher Education, Research, Innovation and European Funds, was also present in a show of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region's full support for the project.

The “Excellence” call for projects

This call for projects "aims to recognize excellence in all its forms and to support higher education establishments with ambitious projects for transformation at an inter-institutional level in implementing their own strategy in line with their local dynamics and specific needs".
The call for projects has been allocated €800m of funding.
To capitalize on past efforts and successes from previous calls for projects, the institutions on the Lyon site immediately decided to join forces to develop a compelling and ambitious project for the first wave that would ensure that Lyon remains at the highest level internationally.

The LYNX Project

The project brings together some 5,700 teacher-researchers and more than 1,100 researchers from 170 research units and federations, as well as 5,900 administrative and technical staff members. The consortium thus boasts the majority of the research and teaching strengths of the Lyon site and constitutes a scientific hub of the highest order. The consortium's higher education institutions offer a wide range of teaching programs covering all major fields of study. They are home to 116,000 students (including 14,000 engineering students, or 10% of the national total).
The hospitals also play a central role in the project. As the second largest university hospital in France, the HCL is home to a staff of 23,000, including 5,700 physicians. The Centre Léon Bérard, which has a staff of 1,600, undertakes cancer research in partnership with the IARC. The Centre Le Vinatier is Lyon's flagship psychiatric and mental health facility.

The ambition of the project

The project brings together and synergizes Lyon's scientific strengths in a global strategy that has been jointly developed with the various academic and socio-economic stakeholders.
It will foster a new dynamic to ensure world-class teaching and research at the institutions as well as visibility for the group as a whole, with a new structure bearing the shared brand to rank among the top French excellence universities.
The project aims to respond to major challenges facing society by developing multi- and trans-disciplinary approaches and an academic strategy that is jointly defined by the higher education and research institutions, the university hospitals and the national research organizations, and supported by a coordinated funding policy.
A further shared ambition is to promote the development of science with and for society, to strengthen the continuum between research, development and society, and to foster innovation in all its forms and technology transfer.
The following structuring actions will be required to achieve these ambitions:
• Developing an academic strategy that enables the consortium to synergize its strengths across four Academic and Social Priorities (ASPs);
• Transforming our practices and organizational procedures to support our academic strategy;
• Establishing a brand with strong international visibility;
• Positioning the site as a benchmark player in France in the field of health;
• Developing a coordinated policy to boost national and international attractivity.

Description of the project

The coordinating institution for the project is the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1. The project does not entail any merger, integration or institutional transformation for its members, which will retain their own corporate and legal identities. The University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 will be transformed into an Établissement Public Expérimental (ÉPE) and will adopt a new brand. In conception and implementation, the project impinges neither on the rights of the member institutions in any way, nor on their autonomy in matters that do not fall within the scope of the project’s stated shared policy.
The members of the consortium have initiated a collaborative process to identify key scientific challenges and obstacles, the unique response that Lyon can offer and the expected long-term impact on the four ASPs.

The consortium’s scientific ambition is structured around the following four ASPs:
• ASP 1. From personalized medicine to global health 
• ASP 2. Environmental changes 
• ASP 3. Sustainable materials and manufacturing
• ASP 4. Changing societies

To meet these challenges, the LYNX project is structured around accredited scientific programs, which are driven by a research-teaching synergy and are key to building and transforming the Lyon site. Further measures to enhance teaching and research will support the project's ambition.

Programs will vary in length and can run for up to 10 years.

The project has requested approximately €150m of funding from the French National Research Agency (ANR), to be allocated as follows:
• 70% for programs and 30% for transversal actions and emerging projects;
• 60% to be allocated to payroll, 25% to running costs and 15% to investment.

For more information on the LYNX project please visit the LYNX website

Press contact:

Béatrice Dias

Director of Communications, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1
+33 4 72 44 79 98 or +33 6 76 21 00 92


Photo credits: Eric Le Roux / Communications Office, Lyon 1 University

Publié le 25 août 2021 Mis à jour le 27 août 2021