A foundation recognised as a public-interest utility in 1981, IHES has needed to find several funding streams to finance operations and ensure scientific development for a total budget of about 6.5M€. The Institute’s essence is reflected in its current funding structure: a French research center with international influence.
For a budget of €6.5M (on average in 2007-2017)
Support from the French State: IHES’ primary source of support
The French Ministry in charge of research has supported IHES since 1964. Today, the Ministry for Higher Education and Research awards the Institute an annual grant, representing about half of its budget.
Four permanent researchers are affected to the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), which pays for their salaries and funds a number of scientific events every year. Other institutional partners, such as the Paris-Saclay University, the FMJH and the LABEX CARMIN, contribute to funding part of the Institute’s scientific activity.
An international network
This network was created in the 1970s, when the Institute started to broaden its funding sources by looking abroad:
- The Swiss Academy of Sciences (since 1973)
- Max-Planck Gesellschaft, Germany (since 1975)
- The Belgian Science Policy Office (since 1976)
- European Research Council (since 2015)
Gifts and donations
In the late 1990s, under Jean-Pierre Bourguignon’s directorship, IHES set up a department dedicated to fundraising and conducted two successful international campaigns, a key outcome being the creation of endowment funds.
The Institute’s endowment currently funds around 18% of its operations.
The generosity of IHES’ donors also funds specific projects such as conferences or researchers’ visits (covering 5 to 10% of the total budget).