Our economic model

Yohan Philippe
Institut Curie’s economic model is characterized by multiple financing sources, both public and private. Thanks to its diverse income sources, Institut Curie has financial autonomy, allowing it to successfully conduct its various missions.

The Institut Curie Hospital Group has the status of a private health institution of public interest (ESPIC).

Given this status, its main resources come from the French national health insurance fund:

  • For production of treatment: based on the volume and the type of treatments produced, procedures are priced according to the national scale (known as the pricing per activity system, or T2A).
  • For contribution to the public interest missions, including teaching, clinical research and innovation, based on a flat rate (Migac) allowance allocated according to performance achieved through each mission.

This income from the French national health insurance fund is in addition to:

  • Other income from hospital activities (billing treatments to patients without national health insurance, copays, and daily flat rates).
  • This income is billed such that patients with national health insurance coverage have no additional amount to pay.
  • Other miscellaneous income, including financing of clinical research and innovation by industrial players, patrons, charity organizations, and public or semi-public organizations.

Public generosity (donations and bequests) collected by Institut Curie.


The Research Center at Institut Curie has a different economic approach.

Activities are developed in partnership with research organizations (CNRS, Inserm, universities), which pay part of the staff costs directly (researchers, engineers, technicians and administrative staff) as well as some operating and investment expenses.

Furthermore, the Research Centre at Institut Curie receives an annual subsidy from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR) for its role in basic research.

It obtains other resources through competitive national and international calls for tenders.

After selection by an international jury, Institut Curie obtained significant funding through the Investissements d’Avenir governmental program and the European ERC program, implemented to support research and innovation.

The main financial backers are:

  • Public and semi-public: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), Institut National du Cancer (INCa), Île-de-France regional council, European Research Council (ERC) and European Commission.
  • Private: patrons, charity organizations that support medical research (Ligue contre le Cancer, ARC foundation for cancer research, Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale), industrial companies for licenses, collaborations and partnerships.

In addition to these resources comes funding thanks to public generosity, which is an essential resource for research programs. Every year, Institut Curie works hard to bring together all of the funding required to achieve and develop its missions.

The Curie Museum, whose main mission is to promote the foundation’s scientific heritage, is a mixed service unit between Institut Curie and the CNRS. Its activities are funded by the CNRS (which pays for a permanent position and contributes to operations) and through public generosity.



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