Revitalising research

The purpose of the IDEX UNITI research programmes is to make the site more attractive and achieve excellence in research.  IDEX unquestionably stands out as a tool for revitalising all research activities.

Support for research

A few results of IDEX calls for research projects

  • In the course of two and a half years and three series of calls for projects launched between autumn 2013 and spring 2015, 120 research projects were selected by the Arbitration Committee out of almost 600 submitted applications. In most cases, IDEX funding is the essential factor for the implementation of projects, complementing co-funding by a university, school or organisation.

Call for projects will provide the opportunity for the appointment of 41 PhD students and 86 post-doctoral research fellows between 2014 and 2019.

  • An IDEX Equipment forecast co-funds 27 items of scientific equipment throughout the academic site. Inter-laboratory cooperation and equipment sharing were the factors guiding the choice of the forecast committee, which was backed up by the work of research coordination centres. This programme provides funding for advanced equipment, some of which is unique in France or in Europe and contributes to the structure of the site, in particular through good connections with the State-Region Plan Agreement. Click here for an overview of co-funded equipment.
  • IDEX has recruited around 181 young researchers and research lecturers recently appointed by the establishments on the academic site through the New Entrants programme.

Mobilisation around IDEX research programmes

  • In two and a half years, 697 applications have been submitted to one or another of the following calls for projects: Chairs of Public Relations, Emergence, Strategic or Cross-Cutting Thematic Action; 211 applications have been submitted for the New Entrants programme; funding applications have been submitted for more than 50 equipment projects. More than one third of the laboratories on the academic site are involved in cooperation made possible by IDEX.
  • The success rate of research project applications assessed by the international IDEX Arbitration Committee is 17.2%
  • Successful research project applications funded under IDEX cover all areas of research on the academic site. The vast majority of these projects are interdisciplinary and establish or strengthen the dynamics of cooperation between laboratories.


Portraits of Laureates

Laureates of the Programme Chairs of Attractivity - 2014: discover the portraits of laureates with a zoom on their project.

Patrizia d'ETTORRE - Project: PHEROMOD

Patrizia d’ETTORRE welcomed by the Centre de Recherche de la Cognition Animale - Research Centre on Animal Cognition (MRU 5169) CNRS – Université Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier. Project:PHEROMOD - Pheromones as general modulators of insect behaviour.

Holder of a PhD in Biology from the University of Parme, Professor Patrizia d’Ettorre successfully started off her career in Europe (Italy, France, Germany, Denmark). She has taught, since 2009, at the Université Paris 13 and is continuing her research in the Laboratoire d’Ethologie Expérimentale Comparée (Experimental and Compared Ethology Laboratory). She is considered as the most influential scientist nationally and internationally in the field of insect ethology and her research work on recognition in social insects is the most cited.

The chair project of Professor d’Ettorre comes in the wake of several collaborations with the Director of the host laboratory (CRCA, MRU 5169) on the learning and memorisation processes of ants, which gave rise to several publications and joint supervision of a thesis.

The research subject focuses on showing that pheromones not only communicate specific messages but can also affect learning and memorisation abilities of animals. It has recently shown that some pheromones can modulate cognitive processes, by facilitating or inhibiting learning and memory. The study of such pheromonal modulation in two species, Apis mellifera bees and Lasius niger ants, allows determination of the mechanisms that are acquired by insects belonging to a species. Since the use of pheromones is an alternative to the use of pesticides, understanding of behavioural controls of non-innate mechanisms by pheromonal modulation is of potential economic and ecological importance. The project will lead to better understanding of the mechanisms by which pheromones influence learning performances in insects, which constitute basic and applied research models.