Thematic networks

Several thematic research networks are backed by the agency, with the aim of federating and helping to structure the scientific community around specific research topics, expertise and tools.

Last updated on 18 March 2024

These networks facilitate the creation of transversal research projects. They ensure wide territorial coverage, promote the development of network members’ skills, harmonise practices and share tools and documentary resources. They also provide a focused platform for exchanges, and raise French research visibility and partnerships at European and international level.

Networks managed by the agency in 2023

Clinical research networks

  • Clinical research staff network: Cross-functional support for hospital departments and laboratories actively involved in studies set up by the agency, notably through the funding of clinical research associate (CRA) and biological research associate (BRA) positions, contributing directly to the implementation of research activities in France and throughout the agency’s international network
  • Virology and medical pharmacology network: This network brings together dozens of laboratories in France (including overseas departments) and partner laboratories in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), which work at the interface between scientific event management, surveillance and project development
  • Network of Methodology and Management Centres (CMG): A group of entities supporting the agency in its missions to promote, coordinate and enhance the value of clinical trials. The agency’s CMGs benefit from multi-year, cross-functional funding (operating and personnel costs), shared tools (electronic CRF) and support for quality assurance. They are heavily involved in the clinical research platforms run by the agency (e.g., OPEN-ReMIE , IREIVAC-Emergences and STRIVE). They also play a major role in scientific events and the shape of research landscape, notably in terms of regulatory aspects, data openness etc

Network of young researchers in social sciences

Created in 2008, this network aims to pool information and expertise, break scientific isolation and support responses to calls for funding. It also promotes knowledge exchange activities related to HIV/AIDS, and more recently to other pathologies covered by the agency’s field of action. It has been and continues to be the backbone of a collective reflection on the political, ethical and operational implications of research work.