Back in 2007, French research networks such as TSE were given the chance to bid for private funds in view of forming a foundation. Sponsoring provides a further source of funding which functions over the longer term compared to research contracts. TSE was one of the few French academic institutions to launch such a large-scale fundraising campaign. When the foundation was inaugurated on 2 June 2008, it had the support of twelve partners and a financial contribution totalling €33 million. This was a first in France for a research institution form within a university.

The Partners' club, chaired by Michel Pébéreau, Honorary Chairman of BNP-Paribas, has five seats on the TSE Foundation's Board of Directors.