As the bearers of strong projects for the University, the foundations meet the needs of companies and industrialists. They give students and doctoral candidates new opportunities to carry out their professional projects.

University of Montpellier Foundation

Support for header companies

The University of Montpellier Foundation affirms the University of Montpellier's desire to open up to the business world. In order to create links between the professional and academic worlds, it sets up actions supported by the patronage of its public and private partners, particularly for students and researchers.

Many of the 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: the wine sector, health, crafts, and sports. Through their research activities and the conferences they organise, these chairs help to take account of the problems of companies within the University. They also contribute to the dissemination of the UM's work within the local economic fabric.

Developing the entrepreneurial spirit among students, supporting research, listening to the needs of companies and meeting the expectations of society are the main objectives of the University of Montpellier Foundation.

University of Montpellier Foundation

Van Allen Foundation

Space Mag Campus

The Van Allen Foundation is entirely dedicated to space, and in particular to nanosatellites, a field 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, which is looking for operational staff, and students trained in cutting-edge technologies.

The Van Allen Foundation supports the development of nanosatellites from A to Z by students at the CSU. This is a concrete project and a real professional springboard that allows them to develop the skills that meet the expectations of companies in the space and high technology sectors.

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

Van Allen Foundation

The corporate foundation for the rehabilitation of the Jardin des plantes in Montpellier


Aware of its historical identity and concerned about protecting what makes it strong, the University of Montpellier, under the aegis of its president Philippe Augé, has decided to call on companies to help it preserve this priceless heritage and carry out the second phase of renovation work.

23 companies immediately signed up to the project. The foundation will finance a large part of the restoration of the Orangery and its surroundings.

Functioning of the Foundation

The corporate foundation for the rehabilitation of the Jardin des Plantes in Montpellier obtained approval from the Hérault Prefecture on 21 September 2016. Its objective:

  • to enhance the value of the Jardin des Plantes
  • promote this historic site to the public
  • to organise or participate in scientific, cultural or artistic events linked to the site and more widely to the University of Montpellier.

Future projects

The Orangery rehabilitation project involves the restoration of the building in relation to its use since the beginning of the 19th century (an unheated glazed shelter to keep plants in tubs and pots frost-free during the bad season), but also the development of the site of the former Planchon greenhouses, including the relocation of chapel no. 5.

The operation is planned in 2 phases of work:

  • A first stage concerning the surroundings of the Orangery
  • A second tranche, the object of which is the Orangery itself

Foundation for Chronic Diseases and Active Ageing - Languedoc-Roussillon (FMAC VIA-LR)

The European Union is experiencing considerable demographic ageing. This is putting at risk the sustainability of public finances, including health care funding. The increase in life expectancy is accompanied by a change in the main causes of morbidity and mortality, with over 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 constitute a major public health and research axis for the Montpellier-Nîmes site.

The Partnership Foundation called "Foundation for Chronic Diseases and Active Ageing - Languedoc-Roussillon (FMAC VIA-LR)" meets this strategic commitment. It was founded by the University of Montpellier, the University Hospital Centres 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 labelled 74 Reference Sites including MACVIA-France (Against Chronic Diseases for Active and Healthy Ageing in France). This site includes centres in the Occitanie region with Montpellier, Nîmes and Toulouse, the metropolis of Nice and an INSERM research centre in Paris.

The Reference Site responds to all the axes proposed by the Commission (polymedication in the elderly, prevention and management of falls, frailty, chronic diseases, friendly cities and Silver Economy). It is based on the recognised excellence of the participants. The MACVIA-France Reference Site is supported by the FMAC VIA-LR Partnership Foundation.

MAC VIA-LR Foundation