The dynamism and excellence of Research are, as well as the artistic demand in creation, the second field in which knowledge and recognition of puppetry are at stake. That is why the Institut International de la Marionnette created in 2012, alongside its Training pole, a pole for Research. Its function is to coordinate its activities concerning heritage, documentation, science and publication.
Through the different activities of this pole, the Institute wishes to encourage fundamental research on the arts of puppetry, foster the process of artistic creation, reinforce the links between the communities of research and those of creation, and share these approaches with the public.
The Research Centre has a team of permanent staff and draws on the expertise of a scientific committee made up of personalities connected with research, heritage and creation. Its vocation is to encourage cross-disciplinary dialogue and exchanges on an international scale.
In 2013, because of the scientific interest and the heritage value of its documentation centre, the IIM became a centre associated with the BnF (National Library of France).