The “Frontières de l’Innovation en Recherche et Éducation” (FIRE) PhD program, established in 2006, is part of the “Programme Bettencourt” created and funded by the Bettencourt-Schueller Foundation to help creative and talented students develop their PhD in an environment as enriching as those of the best graduate programs in the world. It is one of the 32 doctoral schools hosted at the Sorbonne Paris Cité University (USPC). The disciplines covered by the doctoral school are broad and include natural sciences, engineering and technology, medical and health sciences, and social sciences.
The aim of this interdisciplinary doctoral school is to promote ambitious research projects involving interactions between a wide range of academic disciplines in the pursuit of understanding living systems, education, and discovery. Thus, the FIRE graduate school recruits students trained in various disciplines (e.g. biology, physics, medicine, economy, linguistics) from around the world.
A number of research aims are associated to the FIRE doctoral school due the interdisciplinary nature of the program. They can be broadly categorized into two main topics: life sciences and education/discovery, which is referred to as the New Frontiers.