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On 11 February 2019, following an evaluation by a jury of international experts, the LabEx ParaFrap was officially extended for 5 years (2021-2024).

Following this announcement, ParaFrap launched a call for applications in order to join the best strengths of French parasitology by welcoming new partners into its consortium.

The applications were evaluated independently by the eSAB. Following this evaluation, 9 candidates were selected to join the LabEx ParaFrap.

BASTIN Philippe Institut Pasteur Trypanosoma
CLAESSENS Antoine CNRS Plasmodium
COHUET Anna IRD Plasmodium
GAMAIN Benoit CNRS Plasmodium
GLOVER Lucy Institut Pasteur Trypanosoma
LAURENT Fabrice INRAE Cryptosporidium
LAVAZEC Catherine CNRS Plasmodium
SPAETH Gerald Institut Pasteur Leishmania
TARDIEUX Isabelle CNRS Toxoplasma


These 9 new partners join Chetan CHITNIS and Didier MENARD (Institut Pasteur), recently integrated into our network for their outstanding work on malaria, particularly on drug resistance and vaccination, two essential aspects of the new scientific project of LabEx ParaFrap.


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The World Health Organization has designated the Joint Research Unit IRD/CIRAD 177 INTERTRYP « Host - Vector - Parasite - environment interactions in neglected tropical diseases due to Trypanosomatids », Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD) as a WHO Collaborating Center for research on host/vector/parasite interactions to sustain surveillance, control and elimination of Human African Trypanosomiasis. Dr Vincent Jamonneau and Dr Philippe Solano, ParaFrap partner, will act as Heads of the Centre.


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Details of the WHO Collaborating Center program


Dr. Maryse Lebrun and her team, LabEx ParaFrap partner, awarded the prestigious and competitive ERC Advanced Grant 2018 (European Research Council). This grant allows the laureates to develop innovative, high-risk projects.
The project KissAndSpitRhoptry aims to unravel the secretion machinery for virulence factors in apicomplexan parasites.

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In September 2018, the LabEx ParaFrap applied for a 5-year renewal. At the end of the evaluation process conducted by an international jury, Frédérique VIDAL, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and the General Secretariat for Investment (SGPI) revealed the list of the 103 LabEx renewed.

The LabEx ParaFrap is thus extended for 5 years (2020-2024). The international panel recognized the excellence of research and training within the LabEx, the strength and dynamics of the established network, the international reference which now is the biennial conference of ParaFrap, and the impact of the LabEx upon the visibility of French Parasitology. 

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ParaFrap will build on the strengths of the last 8 years to develop a new, ambitious and innovative joint research program. Our network will be enriched by 8 new partners selected by our international external scientific advisory board (eSAB) following a call for applications launched at the end of 2018 (details here - deadline for applications on 8th March 2019).

The ParaFrap PhD program, of which the input, whether in training or in reinforcing the network, was stressed by the panel, will be continued: around 20 PhD students will be recruited at the international level, at the beginning of the five years of the new ParaFrap program, for research projects in collaboration between at least two ParaFrap partners.

Follow us for more details on the future of ParaFrap in the coming months.

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The call is now closed.


This call aims to unite the best forces of French Parasitology into ParaFrap. Candidates already members of another LabEx are eligible for membership. It is anticipated that 8 new members will be admitted. The 5-year prolongation of the LabEx ParaFrap has been accepted in February 2019. Applications are accepted now ;  deadline : March, 08, 2019 - 11h00 (Paris). All applications will be evaluated by our external Scientific Advisory Board and applicants will be ranked so as to choose the top-level candidates.


ParaFrap is coordinated at the University of Bordeaux and currently engages 17 teams from 14 French Universities and Institutions. It carries out research on parasitic pathogens and their interactions with both mammalian hosts and mosquito vectors. This consortium started in 2012 and is funded until end of 2019. An application of a second round of funding as LabEx for 5 additional years was submitted in September 2018, again coordinated by the ANR, and this prolongation was confirmed by the French Ministry of Research in February 2019.

The main objectives of the Network can be divided into three priority areas:

  • Collaborative infectious disease discovery research
  • Translational strategies for prevention and treatment of parasitic infections
  • Spreading of Excellence via dedicated training programs

Besides its excellent collaborative research programme, ParaFrap organises international conferences and provides high-quality training through the implementation of its PhD programme and workshops. The overall objectives of ParaFrap are to reinforce French scientific and technological excellence in Parasitology research through a long-lasting cooperation of research capacities existing in France.

Areas of research interest for applicants

The research lines of applicants must be focused on studies about parasites with an international recognition in the following research areas:

  • Post-genomic data exploration
  • Mechanisms of pathogenesis
  • Parasite molecular and cellular biology
  • Towards new intervention strategies against parasitic pathogens

For further details with respect to the research clusters, please consult the ParaFrap website.


Attention : application only in English

Criteria of evaluation :

• Scientific excellence
• Integration into consortium activities (adequacy of the activity of the applicant to the ParaFrap programme and quality of the interactions foreseen with ParaFrap partners)
• Independent group leader status (as seen from the organization chart of the research unit)

PIs heading a recognized research team in France (HCERES label, ERC or ATIP-Avenir) are eligible to apply by downloading the application form below and submit a letter of interest (maximum length 4 pages of the entire document, size A4 & minimum font size equivalent to 11pt Arial) containing the following:

• A short CV with top 10 publications of the last 5 years (max 2 pages)
• A short description of added value for ParaFrap (max 1 page).
• An outline of the research collaboration with the network, indicating preferred area of research interest and potential partners for a shared PhD student (max 1 page).

The forms and letters of interest should be submitted on in one PDF file, up to 10MB.


March 08, 2019 - 11h00 (Paris) : Deadline for applications. The exact deadline will be announced on the ParaFrap website, as soon as the prolongation of the LabEx ParaFrap has been confirmed (early 2019).
- Evaluation and ranking of applications by external Scientific Advisory Board
- ParaFrap Executive Committee recommendations
June 2019 : Announcement of decisions and initiation of integration process of new members 


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