Meet health challenges of the 21st century

Positioning the Institut Pasteur as one of the 21st century’s leading international institutions for biomedical research means implementing a strategic plan that is both ambitious and realistic, that builds on our strengths and specific characteristics while acknowledging the development of international competition and our changing environment. 


The Institut Pasteur is ideally placed to successfully pursue its primary missions of research, public health, education and the identification of research applications. Its many strengths include the outstanding quality of its staff, the excellence of its research and infrastructures, and the enormous potential of the Institut Pasteur International Network. 

Boost fundamental research

As it looks to the future, the Institut Pasteur continues to face major challenges. These include:

  • the development of scientific competition from countries that are emerging as new research forces;
  • a shift in age distribution as a result of the upcoming retirement of some scientists in leadership positions;
  • the need to continue the campus improvement program;
  • the cost of unavoidable technological investment. 

Our ambition is to give new impetus to basic research and to increase the impact of this research on health challenges. We will draw on four cross-cutting priorities that will be broken down into specific objectives and joint projects involving the entire campus:

  1. To strengthen the Institut Pasteur International Network and implement a proactive policy of international partnerships.
  2. To promote creativity and openness to society.
  3. To work more effectively together and empower each individual so as to create an attractive, collaborative working environment.
  4. To develop financial resources to strengthen the Institut Pasteur and ensure its long-term sustainability. 

This plan combines a research policy and organizational framework that will enable the Institut Pasteur to address the major scientific and health issues facing the world today, as well as a strategy to consolidate its financial structure, balance its accounts and provide it with the resources it needs to fund ongoing developments and investments in the future. 

Technological progress is opening up innovative research fields that will pave the way for new treatment possibilities tailored to the environment and needs of local populations, as part of a broader approach to healthcare. The aim of our research is to improve human health both directly, through medical intervention, and indirectly, by strengthening our knowledge and expertise.

Identification of three priority scientific areas

The Institut Pasteur’s scientific strategy involves three priorities:

  1. tackling emerging infectious diseases;
  2. identifying innovative approaches to combat antimicrobial resistance;
  3. elucidating and tackling conditions that affect brain connectivity and neurodegenerative diseases. 

Added to this are two concerted actions:

  • one concerted action about cancer;
  • one concerted action about vaccinology.

This limited number of scientific priorities will enable the Institut Pasteur to devote significant resources to them, while maintaining its commitment in the other research areas in which it excels. In organizational terms, our philosophy will remain focused on promoting multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, encouraging the development of young scientific leaders and strengthening links between the research teams at the Institut Pasteur and in the Institut Pasteur International Network. 

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