I.S.I.S. is a Mixed Research Unit (UMR 7006) shared between the french National Center of Research (CNRS) and the University of Strasbourg. Its mission is to promote top level scientific research at the interface between Physics, Chemistry and Biology. For this reason, the Institute is strategically placed on the Esplanade Campus nearby the Faculties of Physics, Chemistry, and Life Sciences and reports administratively to the Vice president of the research of the University of Strasbourg.
The Institute features three types of research laboratories: Senior Labs, Junior Labs, and Industrial Labs ( public or private).