The Grants office provides a range of professional services to the ICM community and is also available to external enquiries to build collaborative proposals. It supports the ICM community in securing competitive funds/grants for research.
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Main activities :

  1. Collecting and distributing appropriate information
  2. Providing scientific and administrative guidance and services regarding submission
  3. Negotiating and committing contractual relationships with funding sources
  4. Monitoring, follow-ups, meeting deadlines and scientific reporting of the different
    sponsored research projects



For any questions, please contact the Grants office.



Many different grants :

  • Increase from 13M€ to 15 M€ of grant revenues since 2012
  • Ex : International grants represents 9% of the total budget,
  • 10M€ of grants per year on an average




  • Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR – the French Research Funding Agency) launch every years few calls covering Institut du Cerveau – ICM topics. These calls could involve French or International consortia. Since 2012, 75 proposals were funded. Institut du Cerveau – ICM success rate on the last Generic call (AAPG 2017) : 18% against 11,9% at the national level
  • ASSOCIATIONS-FONDATIONS: Numerous associations and foundations offer funding for research in Neuroscience. The grant office aims at identifying all advantageous funding for the Institut du Cerveau – ICM teams. Institut du Cerveau – ICM teams apply to French association or foundation calls (Fondation de France, Fondation Maladies rares, Fondation pour le Recherche Médicale, Fondation pour la recherche sur le Cerveau, Aide à la Recherche sur la Sclérose en Plaque…). They obtained more than 252 grants since 2012.
  • Public funding: Public organisations also can provide funds for the Institut du Cerveau – ICM researchers (INCA, Ville de Paris, cancéropôle, APHP, Idex Sorbonne Université, ANSES…). Institut du Cerveau – ICM teams get more than 120 grants since 2012.




  • 2 major international awards of 1,5 M$ each (Allen Distinguished Investigator & New York Stem Cell Foundation Robertson Investigator)
  • Since 2012, 37 renowed International association or foundation grants have been reached, among them we can mention: The Paul Allen Family Foundation, THE MICHAEL J FOX FOUNDATION, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, Fondation Schlumberger, Frick Foundation
  • 2 NIH have been also obtained by Institut du Cerveau – ICM teams.




The European Commission (EC) finances individual and collaborative projects of excellent scientific quality and high scientific and/or societal impact:

  • EC proposes individual research grants for the early stage and confirmed researchers: ERC Starting, ERC Consolidator, ERC Advanced grants. Since 2012, Institut du Cerveau – ICM has hosted /managed 10 ERC grants in coordination (including 7 ongoing) and two ERC grants as a partner.
  • EC allows to support collaborative fundamental projects in the framework of the ERC Synergy call (relaunched in 2017)
  • Through the H2020 (former FP), FET Flagship and IMI grants, the EC provides funding for collaborative translational projects in the field of Societal Challenges, Personalised Medicine, Rare Diseases, e-Health, etc. Since 2012, Institut du Cerveau – ICM has managed 11 H2020 collaborative grants.
  • Through the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, EC finances collaborative training projects: Innovative Training Networks (dedicated to the post-docs training), COFUND (for docs and post-docs training). Institut du Cerveau – ICM is a partner of one ITN. Individual post-docs may apply for the Individual Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships. Since 2012, 9 Institut du Cerveau – ICM post-docs have been granted MSCA fellowships.


10 ERC grants including 8 ongoing

  1. Alberto Bacci (finished): Self-Modulating Neurons in the Cerebral Cortex: From Molecular Mechanisms to Cortical Network Activities
  2. Mathias Pessiglione (finished): Why do we do what we do? Biological, psychological and computational bases of motivation
  3. Frederic Darios (finished): Role of endoplasmic reticulum in neurodegeneration: physiopathology of a form of hereditary spastic paraplegia as a model
  4. Claire Julie Liliane Wyart: Dynamic sensory-motor integration in spinal circuits
  5. Richard Miles: Epilepsies of the temporal lobe: emergence, basal state and paroxysmal transitions
  6. Edor Kabashi: Defining functional networks of genetic causes for ALS and related neurodegenerative disorders
  7. Stéphanie Baulac: Neurobiology of epilepsy genes
  8. Stanley Durrleman: Learning spatiotemporal patterns in longitudinal image data sets of the aging brain
  9. Nelson Alexandre MARCHANTE REBOLA: Impact of NMDA receptor diversity in sensory information processing
  10. Nicolas Renier (informations coming soon)