Research and Training Centers

CEA Tech

CEA Tech is the CEA’s technology research unit, developing a broad portfolio of technologies for ICTs, security, energy and healthcare. CEA Tech leverages a unique innovation-driven culture and expertise to develop and disseminate new technologies for industry, effectively bridging the gap between the worlds of research and business. CEA Tech also provides businesses with access to Key Enabling Technologies developed by other CEA operating divisions.



The French National Centre for Scientific Research is among the world's leading research institutions. Its scientists explore the living world, matter, the Universe, and the functioning of human societies in order to meet the major challenges of today and tomorrow. Internationally recognised for the excellence of its scientific research, the CNRS is a reference in the world of research and development, as well as for the general public.



Founded in 1964, Inserm is a public scientific and technological institute which operates under the joint authority of the French Ministries of Health and Research. The institute is dedicated to biomedical research and human health, and is involved in the entire range of activities from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. It also partners with the most prestigious research institutions in the world that are committed to scientific challenges and progress in these fields.


University of Avignon

The University of Avignon, founded over 700 years ago, currently welcomes more than 7,500 students in premises dedicated to Education and Research, which are among the finest in France. The University of Avignon has 15 research laboratories.


University of Toulon

Founded in 1968 and independently managed since January 1st 2012, the University of Toulon (UTLN) places the University’s attractiveness at the core of its long-term strategic plan. Well-established throughout the region, the University of Toulon works closely with the region’s social and economic institutions to tailor its academic programmes and research activities to their needs. The University of Toulon is an interdisciplinary institution with 3 campuses. The University offers a hundred different degrees (excluding medical school) and operates 15 Research Units.


Centrale Marseille

Centrale Marseille is a young and dynamic school and participates in all the major changes taking place in today’s diverse society through being its membership of a network of top-ranking schools and universities around the world. Its curriculum ensures that Centrale Marseille engineers acquire the solid scientific and technical skills necessary for developing their capacity for integration and synthesis, creativity and innovation, together with the essential qualities for their future role: entrepreneurship, management, sharing, communications and leadership. To achieve this goal, Centrale Marseille has established a teaching programme of high-quality scientific courses, drawing on its collaboration with business partners and its exceptional opportunities for research, thanks to the quality and variety of its laboratories. Nurtured in a strong international and managerial culture, Centrale Marseille’s programme develops and valorizes the social and human aspects of the engineer’s role in our society today and prepares each student to face the challenges in the world of tomorrow.


Mines Saint-Etienne

Mines Saint-Étienne, "École de l’Institut Mines Télécom", is under the supervision of the French Ministry of Economy and Finance which is in charge of Education, Research and Innovation as well as transfer and scientific, technical and industrial culture. Mines Sainte Etienne features 2 000 students, 420 staff employees, 50 M€ budget, 2 campus (Saint-Étienne and Gardanne), 5 Research and Education Centers, 7 Research laboratories and 1 CCSTI « La Rotonde ». The G. Charpak Provence campus in Gardanne is a #IoT campus from Mines Saint-Étienne with an engineering course for microelectronics and IT. The school develops new microelectronics technologies for the IoT, for materials, for health applications, for cybersecurity and industrial engineering. A 600 sqm clean room is hosting the Micro-PackS platform and a TEAM is available for startups support. At term, the platform for smart object prototyping ID-Fab will be available. All these ressources are specially dedicted to Region SUD companies.



Inria, 2 400 employees, is the French national Research Institute dedicated to digital sciences. It enhances scientific excellence and transfer for a larger impact. 200 project teams, mixed with universities involve more than 3000 scientists to face the challenges of ICT and mathematics. Inria works together with a large number of corporates and helped the creation of more than 160 startups. Since 1981, Inria has been developing in Sophia Antipolis reaching 500 scientists spread in 35 research teams.



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