With high potential projects of the University, Foundations meet the needs of both companies and industrialists. They give students and doctoral students new opportunities to carry out their professional projects.

University of Montpellier Foundation

The University of Montpellier Foundation affirms the University of Montpellier’s desire to open up to the business world. To bring the professional and academic words together, it sets up actions supported by the sponsorship of its public and private partners and aimed in particular at students and researchers.

Many Chairs created within the framework of the Foundation have become spaces for collaboration and sharing between researchers and companies in certain key areas of our region: wine sector, health, craftsmanship, sports. Through their research activities and the conferences they organize, these Chairs contribute to taking into account business issues to which the University could make contributions. They also promote the dissemination of the UM’s work within the local economic fabric.

The main objectives of the University of Montpellier are therefore to promote the entrepreneurial spirit among students, support research, and meet both the needs of companies, as well as society’s expectations.

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Van Allen Foundation

The Van Allen Foundation is entirely dedicated to space research, and in particular nanosatellites research, an area in which it supports the training of tomorrow’s executives. As the project leader of the University Space Centre (CSU), it acts as a link between the space industry in search of operational collaborators and students who are trained in cutting-edge technologies.

The Van Allen Foundation supports the full development, from A to Z, of nanosatellites by students at the CSU. A concrete project and true springboard for one’s career which allows them to develop the skills that meet companies’ expectation in the space and high technology sector.

By developing the first French CSU, the Van Allen Foundation and the University of Montpellier are the first in France to invest in the promising future of university nanosatellites. The Van Allen Foundation is supported both by the French Space Agency (CNES) and the European Space Agency (ESA), as well as leading figures in the field.

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Fondation des Maladies Chroniques et du Vieillissement Actif, French for “Foundation for Chronic Diseases and Active Ageing” – Languedoc-Roussillon (FMAC VIA-LR)

The European Union’s population is aging rapidly. This development jeopardizes the sustainability of public finances, including the financing of health care. As life expectancy increases, so do the main causes of morbidity and mortality, with more than 70% attributable to chronic diseases.

The prevention and understanding of chronic diseases and ageing are at the heart of the European Union’s concerns and now represent a major public health and research priority for the Montpellier-Nîmes campus.

The Fondation Partenariale (Partnership Foundation) called “Fondation des Maladies Chroniques et du Vieillissement Actif – Languedoc-Roussillon (FMAC VIA-LR)” responds to this strategic commitment. It was founded by the University of Montpellier, the University Hospitals of Montpellier and Nîmes and the Occitanie Region and was created by order of the Rector of the Montpellier Academy, Chancellor of the Universities, on 9 September, 2015 (MENESR: Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research).

The European Union has certified 74 Reference Sites including MACVIA-France (Fighting Chronic Diseases for Active and Healthy Ageing in France). This Site includes the Occitanie Region’s centers with Montpellier, Nîmes and Toulouse, the metropolis of Nice and a Parisian INSERM research center.

The Reference Site meets all of the targets set by the Commission (polymedication in the elderly, prevention and management of falls, fragility, chronic diseases, friendly cities and Silver Economy). It is based on the recognized excellence of the participants. The MACVIA-France Reference Site is supported by the FMAC VIA-LR Partnership Foundation.

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