On 20 December 2017, MUSE Steering Committee released the results of its first research support call-for-projects: 58 projects were selected for funding, to be coordinated by 54 different research units and involving an even larger number of laboratories via inter-laboratory collaborations. In order to pursue the undertaken effort, MUSE Board of Directors decided to publish a second vast research support program, using the funds from the I-SITE endowment that the formal signature of the grant agreement released on 28 December 2017.
MUSE seeks to create a university that will encompass many scientific fields and leverage the talents of 19 partner institutions. This university will also stand out from others at international level by its ability to produce knowledge and/or innovative solutions to address three major societal challenges: food safety, environmental protection, and human health (cf. annex). The present call-for-projects aims to contribute to this scientific objective while providing answers to several remarks made by the international jury.
Indeed, the IDEX-ISITE international jury pointed out that the way science develops around MUSE three key sectors (FEED – PROTECT – CARE) has yet to change, together with the way in which these sectors interact and strengthen each other. The jury also stressed out the need to clarify the links between health facilities and the university, and more generally, the necessity to shed light onto the ties between research organizations and the university.
Finally, the jury recommended that the three key sectors be developed by seeking interface activities between them, that attention be paid to integrate social science issues in the research, and that an international strategy be defined based on a strong partnership with IRD and CIRAD.