A few words on Research

A multi-disciplinarian University with a health faculty, the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis boasts 1,300 researchers distributed throughout 51 laboratories covering all the main research fields, including 21 UMR (Mixed Research Units) and 19 EA (Reception Teams). The UMR are in association with the leading national research establishments, the CNRS, the IRD, the INRA, the INRIA, the INSERM and the CEA. All laboratories welcome French and foreign doctorate students and provide excellent working conditions.

The UNS invests in basic research, as well as applied research and teaching. 

The UNS’ scientific policy consists above all of supporting laboratories and providing them with the means of working over the long term: The provision of a stable base and a coordinated recruitment program over several years are the main levers of this support. The consolidation of teams is encouraged, respecting the specific aspects and requirements of each discipline, so that each research structure can have the sufficient critical mass to offer each of its members a suitable working environment, the best technical and administrative support and the space and freedom necessary for various research initiatives.

The disciplinary basis of research thus being strengthened  by its unfailing support for laboratories, the second main axis of the UNS’ scientific policy is to increase its multi-disciplinary aspect: From a mere juxtaposition of various disciplinary fields distributed throughout several campuses, it should become fertile ground for growth in both basic and applied research. This policy mainly involves specific invitations to tender (based on scientific financial incentives, post-doctoral scholarships) and the development of several multi-disciplinary and federative institutes. Furthermore, meetings between directors of laboratories or teams on cross-sector issues are regularly held: They are a change for structured discussions that should lead to the emergence of innovative projects.

Research-intensive, in this field the UNS is well renowned on the international stage: It is fostering a host of collaborations, and boasts three LIA (International Associate Laboratories) among its laboratories. It is strengthening its support for the reception of post-doctorate students and foreign researchers.

But the UNS has regional concerns close to its heart, through local agreements with other establishments (OCA, École des Mines, etc.), its insertion into competitive clusters, its participation in various local and regional bodies (among others PERSAN and ANDROMEDE) and its collaboration with local authorities and local businesses – relations it has given a new impetus to.

 Sylvie MELLET Vice-president of the Scientific Committee of the UNS