Enhancing Research Capabilities

We train local scientists, develop collaborative applied research programs and establish laboratories of excellence, transferred to local partners.


Enhancing research capabilities in developing countries is one of our foundation’s main objectives. We do this by training local research teams, establishing collaborative research programs and creating laboratories of excellence – the Rodolphe Mérieux Laboratories – which we transfer to local partners.

Prof. Ogobara Doumbo, Former Director of the Malaria Research and Training Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Bamako, Mali, who passed away in June 2018

International network of expertise

Our framework for scientific collaboration draws on the expertise of:

Priority research areas

We have collaborative research projects in four main areas that require urgent attention in developing countries:

  • Respiratory infections
  • Foodborne (enteric) diseases
  • Emerging diseases
  • Antimicrobial resistance

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board debates and approves the scientific priorities of the Mérieux Foundation. It is an advisory body made up of 12 renowned external scientists who conduct research and specialize in the Foundation’s priority research areas and represent countries from both the North and South. The President of the Foundation nominates members of the Scientific Advisory Board for a three-year term, and one-third of its members are renewed every three years.

Members of the Mérieux Foundation Scientific Committee