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I-SITE programme of the University of Lille Nord -Europe: first phase of calls for projects

On 25th September 2017, the I-SITE programme of the University of Lille Nord-Europe (ULNE) launched the first phase of its call for projects. Inria is one of the founder members of this ambitious project.

I-SITE, a Programme of Investments for the Future

Named “I-SITE” in February 2017, as part of the second phase of the Programme of Investments for the Future, this ambitious programme, involving the combined efforts of no fewer than 14 founder members, aims to transform the landscape of research and training in the Hauts-de-France region, by both enhancing and disseminating its excellence. Healthcare, the Planet and the Digital World: the project is structured on the basis of three interconnected subject areas, encompassing a broad disciplinary spectrum. Internationalization and promotion are also core priorities.

These first calls for projects are based upon three major ambitions: sustaining the excellence of research, expanding its scope and promoting its implementation. The founder members1, including Inria, and the partner members2 are involved in these calls for projects and, in accordance with the commitments of the I-SITE programme of the ULNE, particular attention will be paid to projects originating from the fields of human or social sciences, or involving human and social sciences.

Between 16 and 21 projects will be selected by an external international jury, with a total budget of the order of 2.5 million euros, including the funding of 11 doctorates.

Results will be published on 18th December 2017.


  • 25th September: On-line launch of calls for projects
  • 16th October: Receipt of letters of intent (preliminary projects, which will not be subject to selection at this stage)
  • 13th November: Closure of call for projects in late December: grading and notification of results

A call for projects for the funding of 9 theses, to be jointly sponsored by the University of KU Leuven, will be published early in October.

The I-SITE programme of the UNLE in figures

  • 14 founder members
  • 15 million euros of funding per annum
  • 74,000 students
  • 2,100 doctorates
  • 190 businesses involved


1 University of Lille, Central Lille, ENSAIT (national graduate school for textile industries), ENSCL (Lille graduate school of chemical engineering), IMT (institute of engineering & telecoms) of Lille-Douai, Lille Institute of Political Studies, ESJ (graduate school of journalism), ENSAPL (Lille graduate school of architecture & landscaping), ENSAM (graduate school of engineering) – Lille campus, CNRS (national centre for scientific research, INSERM (national institute for health & medical research), Inria, University Hospital Research Centre of Lille and the Pasteur Institute.

2 The partners are the Oscar Lambret Centre, University of Artois, University of the Littoral Côte d’Opale, University of Valenciennes and Hainaut Cambrésis, FUPL, KU Leuven, SKEMA Business School, IFSTTAR (institute of science & technology for transport, development & networks), ONERA (national aeronautics, space & defence research laboratory) and IFREMER (national institution for marine research).

Keywords: University of Lille I-SITE Programme of Investments for the Future