The programme Investissements d'Avenir, 22 billion of which is earmarked for higher education and research to strengthen French competitiveness on the world stage. Of these 22 billion euros, nearly 18 billion take the form of competitive calls for projects. The University of Montpellier is strongly involved in this programme through numerous projects in which it is a sponsor or partner.

The University of Montpellier is involved in seven EquipEx projects, including one (EXTRA) led by the institution:

EXcellence CenTer on Antimonides

Endowment: €4 .2 million
Objective: tocreate a reference research centre for infrared photonics, which is considered a key technology for future applications in the fields of communications (multimedia), energy (solar cells), imaging (for health, security, defence, etc.), and sensors.
The contributions of the project
EXTRA will enable the development of new optoelectronic components (light emitters and detectors) operating in the infrared for these fields of application.
The UM partners: IES , CTM
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Allocation: 11.5 million euros
The GEOSUD project involves the acquisition and provision of satellite coverage of the whole of France, with particular attention paid to urban areas. This project also provides for the provision of scientific computing capacities to process this information.
The project's contributions
The project will make available high-definition images of France and analysis software that can be used for territorial management, environmental monitoring, natural risk prevention (floods, fires), etc.
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Allocation: 10.5 million euros
The ROBOTEX project proposes the creation of a national network of 15 laboratories structuring robotics.
The project's contributions
Three major areas of robotics have concrete impacts:

  • humanoid robotics, which will provide support for people with reduced autonomy;
  • medical robotics ;
  • micro- and nano-robotics, which will allow considerable advances in the field of health

UM partners: LIRMM
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French seismological and geodetic network

Allocation: €9.3 million
RESIF-CORE provides France with a new instrumentation system for the observation of slow terrestrial deformations by setting up a network of sensors.
The project's contributions
RESIF-CORE will provide better knowledge of the seismic hazard, and consequently of the associated risks for people and property, on the French metropolitan territory.
UM partners: Géosciences Montpellier, OREME
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Gravitational antenna based on atomic interferometry

Allocation: €9 million
MIGA is an interferometer for the observation of the Earth's gravitational field. It consists of the construction of a new infrastructure to study the deformations of space-time and gravitation.
The contributions of the project
The research results will find applications in environmental monitoring, improving predictions of seismic hazards, anticipating their consequences and taking measures to save lives or protect critical infrastructures.
UM partners: Géosciences Montpellier
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Imaging and multi-scale reconstruction of morphogenesis

Allocation: €9 million
MORPHOSCOPE is an infrastructure project integrating technological developments in microscopic imaging, data storage and algorithmic analysis to make progress in understanding biological processes and in predicting their behaviour as a function of genetic or environmental variations.
The project's contributions
The project will lay the foundations for personalised medicine and the design of intelligent therapies that will result in more reliable early diagnoses and the development of more effective therapeutic protocols, which will have a major impact on citizens' health.
The UM partners: MBRC

National park of innovative equipment for the spatial and temporal study of the Critical Zone of Watersheds

Allocation: 7 million euros
The objective of the CRITEX project is to describe the hydrological, hydrogeological and geochemical functioning of selected catchment areas representing various contexts (rocks, soils, vegetation, climate, human activities, etc.) in order to better understand the effects of climate change on the future of the planet.
The contributions of the project
CRITEX will provide a better understanding of how human activities and climate change affect the quality of surface and groundwater. It will therefore contribute to better management of water resources in various contexts. The data acquired will be made available to the public.
UM partners: Hydrosciences Montpellier, Géosciences Montpellier
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The Languedoc-Roussillon region is among the best with 21 LabEx, 5 of which are led by the University of Montpellier.

Mediterranean Centre for Environment and Biodiversity

Objective: to propose solutions to environmental problems caused by the erosion of biodiversity and global changes in ecological systems and human societies.
Lead institution: University of Montpellier
Partners: Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier, Sup'Agro, EPHE, CNRS, CIRAD, IRD, INRA
Project coordinator: Philippe Jarne, Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology (CEFE)

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Chemistry of molecular and interfacial systems

Objective: to understand and use long-term chemical interactions at the origin of self-organisation and interfacial reactivity for multi-scale control of the morphology and functionality of molecular systems, complex fluids and materials.
Lead institution: University of Montpellier
Partners: CNRS, CEA, ENSCM, Ecole des Mines d'Alès, COMUE
Project coordinator: Stéphane Pellet-Rostaing, Director of the Institut de Chimie Séparative de Marcoule (ICSM)

Institution with management mandate: Pôle Chimie Balard

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Objective: to create knowledge on the act of entrepreneurship at the crossroads of law, economics and management, to improve the sustainability of new businesses, to build support tools integrating legal, economic and management dimensions.
Lead institution: University of Montpellier
Partners: University Paul-Valéry Montpellier, Sup'Agro
Project coordinator: Karim Messeghem, Director of the UFR Administration Économique et Sociale (AES)

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Objective: from genetics and epigenetics to molecular medicine, build new therapeutic strategies to become a world reference centre in biomedical sciences.
Lead institution: University of Montpellier
Project coordinator: Marcel Méchali

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Digital, Material and Modelling Solutions for the Environment and Life

Objective: to bring together the hard sciences and the life sciences/environment: emergence of an interdisciplinary cluster with international visibility, to amplify the research-training-transfer dynamic.
Lead institution: University of Montpellier
Partners: CNRS, INRIA, INRA, Sup'Agro
LabEx NUMEV management: Andrea Parmeggiani, Professor at the Charles Coulomb Laboratory (L2C). He is assisted by two other directors: Emmanuel Le Clézio, Professor at the Institute of Electronics and Systems (IES) and Nabil Zemiti, Senior Lecturer at the Montpellier Laboratory of Computer Science, Robotics and Microelectronics (LIRMM).

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Objective: to optimise the development of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies: "better antibodies, better developed and better used"
Lead institution: PRES (Pôle régional d'enseignement supérieur) Centre Val de Loire University
Partners: François Rabelais University in Tours, University of Montpellier, INSERM, CNRS, INRA, CHRU of Tours, Montpellier Cancer Institute (ICM)
Project coordinator: Professor Hervé Watier, University of Tours
Deputy coordinator: Doctor André Pèlegrin, Montpellier Cancer Research Institute

ECELLFRANCE is a national platform dedicated to cell therapy based on the use of adult stem cells for the treatment of degenerative diseases.

ECELLFRANCE aims to harmonise and optimise the various stages necessary for the development of "stem cell medicine" and regenerative medicine.

ECELLFRANCE offers academic or industrial teams that call on the infrastructure to optimise their clinical trial set-up programme in the field of cell therapies by supporting them in the various phases of their project: validation of the project, carrying out preclinical studies, setting up regulatory dossiers, production of MSCs for clinical use, setting up phase I and II clinical trials with patient follow-up

Lead institution: University of Montpellier
Partners: University of Montpellier, CNRS, Inserm, Paul Sabatier University Toulouse III, CHU Grenoble, EFS, CTSA
Project coordinator: Christian Jorgensen
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The e-ReColNat project aims to create a tool to enhance the value of French naturalist collections of nearly 100 million specimens accumulated over the last 350 years. Under-exploited due to a lack of computerisation, this heritage has an exceptional scientific potential for the study of the origin and evolution of living beings and ecosystems, and the modelling of their response to global changes.

To meet the scientific and technological challenge of computerising these data, e-ReColNat uses innovative methods and techniques:

  • industrial digitisation, making it possible to create an image database of millions of specimens within a few years;
  • development of a collaborative portal and 'Citizen Science' projects where volunteers contribute to databases based on the examination of digitised images.

In addition to this scientific objective, the e-ReColNat platform will also enable the educational and cultural development of this heritage with the creation of a "virtual museum" freely accessible to the general public.

Lead institution: Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle
Partners: University of Montpellier, Clermont University, University of Burgundy, IRD, INRA, CNAM, GBIF France, Tela Botanica, Agoralogie, Cirad, CNRS
Project coordinator: Marc Pignal
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The Carnot Institute Chimie Balard Cirimat gathers 20 research teams around 5 themes: chemistry and sustainable processes, energy, health, high performance materials, materials for transport. This networking of skills is intended to provide the best possible response to economic and societal issues through partnerships with companies.

The core activity of the research teams concerns the controlled development, characterisation and study of the behaviour of high-performance molecules and materials for energy, "green chemistry", resource preservation/enhancement, environmental protection, transport and health.

The Carnot Institute Chimie Balard Cirimat is strongly committed to partnership research with French and foreign companies. Each year, it carries out more than 130 collaborative research contracts and more than 110 subsidised research contracts in response to the needs of SMEs and large companies.

Tutelles : CNRS, ENSCM, INP de Toulouse, Université Paul Sabatier and Université de Montpellier
Network: The Carnot Institute Chimie Balard Cirimat is part of the national network of 38 Carnot Institutes. Created in 2006, their main objective is the development of partnership research.
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Kyomed is a spin-off of the CR2i project and brings together teams specialised in health and ICT to make tomorrow's medicine personalised, predictive, preventive and participative. These objectives are based on three synergistic sectors of activity: biomarkers, e-health and data processing.

  1. Through its biomarker platform, Kyomed identifies and develops genomic, protein or lipid markers for the prediction, diagnosis and monitoring of various diseases.
  2. Kyomed supports and accelerates the development of innovative healthcare solutions. The company evaluates the use of these solutions by citizens, patients and healthcare professionals in a Living Lab and provides complementary expertise (ICT, biotechnologies, design, regulatory) in a collaborative design approach.
  3. Finally, the IT platform allows for the optimisation of interoperability and the analysis of data, whether molecular, biological, biochemical or from connected objects

Lead institution: Private company SAS Kyomed
Partners: University of Montpellier, Montpellier Cancer Institute (ICM), Altera Group, SAS Bioguild (Acobiom, Amylgen, ASA, CEISO, Histalim, I2A, Phylogen), Association CR2i en LR (Sanofi, CHRU Montpellier, CHU Nîmes, EFS, Ecole des Mines d'Alès, Institut Mines Télécom, Eurobiomed Competitiveness cluster)
Project coordinator: Daniel Laune
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