Research geared towards the needs of the 21st century society

Acknowledged in worldwide university rankings (Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, QS ranking), University of Montpellier is internationally recognized for its expertise in many scientific fields such as health-biology, agro-environmental science, chemistry, information and communication technologies and science.

UM coordinates 5 Laboratories of Excellence and 7 Equipment of Excellence projects which all result from a highly selective and competitive French national call-for-funding process.

From space exploration and robotics, to eco-engineering or chronic diseases, the University researchers conduct research, seeking to provide innovational responses for mankind and the environment around.

A favorable environment for world-class research

UM provides its researchers with the required technological platforms and facilities for cutting-edge research.

It works in partnership with the Montpellier University Hospital, which ranks 6th in France, and the Nîmes University Hospital, as well as with numerous research institutions represented in Montpellier including CNRS, INSERM, INRA, CIRAD, IRD, INRIA, IRSTEA, CEA, IFREMER, and BRGM.

Since March 2015, the University of Montpellier has committed to aligning its practices up to the standards set by the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C), two sets of principles adopted by the European Commission (EC) in 2005 to promote research careers in Europe. UM was the first French university to receive the European “HR Excellence in Research” award for its Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R).
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Generating value is a priority

UM maintains strong links with state-of-the-art industries established in the region, especially in the biomedical and new technology sectors (Horiba, DELL, Sanofi…). Joint-research stakeholders have access to many of UM’s laboratories through public-private partnerships

Technology transfer friendly, the Montpellier ecosystem is comprised of 5 competitiveness clusters, a high-tech park and a business incubator (Montpellier Agglomeration Business Innovation Centre, BIC), ranked in the world’s top 5. UM also partners with the regional agency in charge of value generating (SATT AxLR, a technology transfer acceleration company for innovative projects derived from academic research).

PhD 31% employed by UM

Montpellier University of Exellence

Montpellier University of Excellence seeks to link scientific disciplines to societal challenges by funding ambitious and transversal scientific projects on MUSE key sectors via competitive calls, and by strengthening support for researchers. The desire expressed by all stakeholders to contribute to the emergence of a world-class university and, to this end, to strengthen the reputation and recognition of our scientific community is reflected in both the adoption of a common signature policy for scientific publications and the unprecedented funding support for the site’s research projects: almost 10 M€ in 2017 and 2018 combined.

The backbone of I-Site MUSE’s overall architecture is the now fully embedded 6 Laboratoires d’Excellence. LabExes will resume their efforts in accordance with their respective initial commitments and undergo key assesment by the French government in 2018.

Scientific Departments

Scientific departments are the university’s entities in charge of coordinating research in a given thematic area. Discover the list of UM’s scientific departments.

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Clusters of excellence

Find out about the many flagship projects of the University of Montpellier, Montpellier University of Excellence: Agro, CEMEB, Chemisyst, Entreprendre, EpiGenMed, NUMEV.

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