SIRIC in France

Since 2003, France has made the choice of a commitment to the fight against cancer set national priority level of public health which has resulted in the creation of a dedicated agency, INCa (The French National Cancer Institute ), to whom the law entrusted the mission of coordinating this struggle and which is charged in particular with preparing and implementing presidential plans, the third of which is currently in progress (2014-2019).

In the field of Research and Innovation, these first 2 Cancer Plans have largely contributed to the mobilization and structuring of the scientific and medical community to conduct research projects of excellence and develop the translational approach and multidisciplinary.

In this context, the National Cancer Institute has set up a competitive policy for the labeling of sites for integrated research in oncology: SIRIC. These structures bring together on a single site medical services, multidisciplinary research teams (clinical, biological, technological, epidemiological, human, economic and social sciences and public health), as well as efficient resources and common services, which go together. enable the realization of research programs in an integrated mode. This integration is defined by the sharing of research questions and objectives between the different disciplines in order to jointly develop synergetic programs whose ultimate goal is better management of patients with cancer.

A first call for applications was launched in April 2017, following the evaluation of applications by an international committee, 8 SIRIC were labeled for five years.

SIRICs have a triple mission of integration, structuring and valuation.

  • They develop and conduct a defined number of specific integrated research programs, conducted within a national and international collaborative network.
  • They put in place the necessary conditions, in terms of infrastructures and resources, to carry out a research meeting the expected criteria of excellence, innovation, integration, multidisciplinarity and transfer (technological platforms, support structures to research, attractiveness for new researchers, etc …).
  • Finally, they ensure the implementation, enhancement and dissemination of the results and know-how obtained.

SIRIC funding is provided by the Ministry of Health, INCa and Inserm on the Cancer Plan. It amounts to 3.4 million by SIRIC for the first three years and remains to be defined for years 4 and 5.

To find out more about the particularities of each SIRIC in France, consult their website: