Call for projects Relation Science-Society - I-Site Program of Excellence

Within the framework of the I-SITE Excellence Program, the University of Montpellier is launching a call for projects "SCIENCE-SOCIETY RELATIONSHIP" open to all institutions and organizations of the consortium. This new call is part of a strategy to disseminate the research generated on our territory and its issues, especially to young people or schools (primary to high school) and aims to support innovative actions specifically aimed at a young audience or school with the main objective of boosting initiatives to share knowledge, dialogues, methods, results, issues and questioning around scientific topics.


This call for proposals aims to support innovative actions specifically intended for a young or school audience, with the main objective of stimulating knowledge-sharing initiatives, dialogues, methods, results, issues and questioning around scientific themes.

The proposed scientific culture projects (exhibitions, discussions, scientific workshops, board games, educational notebooks, multimedia works, etc.) must be based on research results, knowledge and/or know-how recently generated by the project leader or his/her team. Measures proposed to facilitate access to higher education will be encouraged to promote equal opportunities (for those who are "far from" science).

The scientific culture services of the University of Montpellier will be able to provide support to the selected projects on the following points: connection with actors and events of the regional scientific culture network, advice in scientific mediation, dissemination, communication and press relations if necessary.


  • operating costs and purchase of consumables justifiable in cost accounting;
  • investment costs, purchase of equipment ;
  • Internship gratification - Civic service ;
  • services directly related to the project (graphic or multimedia services, Fablab, museology, reprography,
    animation (e.g.: the researcher co-designs the animation device and an association of CS ensures the animation part in front of the public);
  • human resources, expenditure on non-permanent staff hired by the University or exceptionally by a supervisory body of the partner research unit (student vacations, complementary teaching missions, etc.).

Reminder: laboratory management fees are not eligible.


  • nature of the scientific content in relation to the research themes of the project leader(s) ;
  • Matching actions to target audiences;
  • feasibility of implementation and partnerships in place ;
  • originality/innovation of the envisaged modes of mediation, transdisciplinary dimension ;
  • overall impact envisaged over the period of implementation of the actions (numbers, types of audience, quality of interaction);
  • impact of the project in terms of visibility and influence of the University.

Budget allocated to this PAA:
50 K€ in two campaigns (autumn 2022 & autumn 2023) - Grants will be limited to 4 K€ per project.

Method of submission:
Projects must be submitted in pdf format according to the attached template.

Maximum project duration:
2 years.


Chaired by the VP for Science-Society Relations and composed of the Director of the DCSPH, the two heads of the CS departments attached to this department, a member of the UM CR, a representative of Institut Agro, ENSCM, and external experts (2 approx.).


  • Launch/opening of the PAA: October 5, 2022.
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: November 2, 2022 (11:00 p.m.) Evaluation Committee: November 2022
  • COMIS decision: December 6, 2022.
  • Project start date: January 2023 (for a maximum of 2 years).


  • October-December 2023.

We draw your attention to the need to promote parity between women and men in the framework of the I-SITE calls for projects.