The UniversitĂ© de Lyon’s Excellence Initiative

IDEX is a call for projects launched by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the Commissariat-General for Investment (CGI) under the Investments for the Future Program. It aims to identify around ten large French universities which are world-class centers of excellence, and to improve the attractiveness of France and its scientific standing in the world.

Following a selection process by an international jury made up of representatives from prestigious universities, as well as academics and socio-economic representatives, the UniversitĂ© de Lyon was awarded the “Excellence Initiative” label in February 2017. The total funding allocated to the IDEXLYON project amounts to 800 million euros, which is an annual allowance of 25 million euros over an initial period of 10 years.

This project, which is driven by a powerful collective impetus, demonstrates the UniversitĂ© de Lyon’s strengths and aims to enhance the site’s dynamic of excellence: its research outreach, the attractiveness of its training programs, its academic potential and the quality of its governance.


  • Scientific Breakthrough Program 2019 // OSAG (Sapphire Optics for Gravitational Astronomy)
  • Fellowships 2018 // NEAR FIELD (The near field as a cosmological laboratory) – Noam LIBESKIND