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Latest round of labs chosen in £1bn programme

A second group of 71 laboratories has been selected for a share of a €1 billion funding pot aimed at establishing world-class research teams in France.

The laboratories join 100 others selected in March as beneficiaries of the French government’s “excellence laboratories” or Labex fund.

The 71 projects will divide up €534.5 million, with the rest of the €1bn going to the round 1 winners. Each will receive “significant” funding between now and 2020 to enable them to purchase equipment, attract talent and increase their international visibility.

The laboratories, selected from 195 entries, cover a variety of fields, with 27 per cent specialising in biological sciences, 24 per cent in social sciences and humanities, and 20 per cent in energy.