The 3rd French Investment Program ’EquipEx+’ aims to support new research equipment of international standard, to strengthen the excellence and competitiveness of French scientific research. Following a call for research proposals launched mid-2020, 50 proposals out of 135 were selected by an international jury end of 2020 for a total amount of 422 million euros.
IBS is associated with two of the winning projects :
- the FranceCryoeEM project for a "National instrumentation in cryo-electron microscopy" : 3 ultra-efficient and ultra-stable high-energy electron cryo-microscopes will be installed in France, one of them managed by IBS for the observation of macromolecules at atomic level,
- the MAGNIFIX project for a "Global upgrading and New French Hard X-Ray Investigation Infrastructures" : this project will give the French academic and industrial community privileged access to the new EBS-ESRF fourth generation synchrotron source (the most efficient in the world), through the upgrading of 5 French CRG "Collaborative Research Groups" beamlines (one managed by IBS) (total investment of 12 million euros over 2021-2025).