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Excellence in higher education and research



The French government and the National Research Agency have set up a state-funded program called IDEX (Initatives d'Excellence) to encourage the emergence of top-flight research and education hubs across the country. The goal of IDEX is to promote a dozen "centers of excellence" to boost the image and attractiveness of France on the global stage.


A new call for IDEX projects has been launched for 2016. Jean-François Pinton, president of the ENS de Lyon, was in charge of the project on behalf of the Université de Lyon.

On Friday 24 February 2017, after their final hearing, the international Jury announced the winners of the call for proposals, Initiatives d’Excellence.

PALSE : Avenir Lyon Saint-Etienne Programme

In 2012, the state recognized the area of Lyon and Saint-Etienne as a promising candidate for IDEX, and granted its project 27 million euros in funding: Programme Avenir Lyon Saint-Etienne (PALSE) was born.
Label IDEX for the Université de Lyon

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