Our missions


A recognized public interest foundation since 1921, Institut Curie has worked to fulfil its three missions since its founding by Marie Curie, namely research, care and the preservation and transfer of knowledge. This multi-disciplinary approach, part of the bylaws of the foundation, is the DNA of Institut Curie.

Nos missions

In the bylaws of the foundation known as Institut Curie, we propose the development of the following, in the interests of science and of patients, via close interdisciplinary cooperation among staff:

  • Basic scientific, translational and clinical research in physics, chemistry, biology and radiobiology, to put science to work for people and to help fight diseases, in particular cancer.
  • Diagnostics, follow-up and care given to patients within a hospital group assimilated with a cancer research center, belonging to the Unicancer federation:
  • Development of research and access to innovation, which requires Institut Curie to forge ties with economic players that will help develop innovations to assist patients and/or to improve scientific knowledge.
  • Preservation and transfer of knowledge in the aforementioned areas, in particular through teaching and museology activities.

For Institut Curie, teaching is a function that’s inseparable from research and treatment, and as such is fully part of the foundation's social missions. For the preservation of knowledge, Institut Curie is the keeper of the work conducted by the Curie and Joliot-Curie families, and has a duty to pass on the history of this work to a broad audience.

  • Its contribution to the international influence of research and treatment, in particular in oncology.

All of the activities conducted by Institut Curie to help fulfil its missions take place within three entities: a leading hospital group in oncology at three sites (Paris, Orsay, and Saint-Cloud), an internationally-renowned research center with 1,100 researchers working in 87 research teams, and the foundation’s head office.