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.


Centrale Marseille

Spirit of innovation & sense of responsibility: more than a slogan, the quintessence of an identity. Our strong and long-established identity is founded on a combination of elements.Through its structure and its name, the Ecole Centrale de Marseille is linked to France’s other Engineering Schools, the Écoles Centrales. Its students are recruited through the same application process and its teaching programme and international relationships reflect those of the Écoles Centrales of Lille, Lyon, Nantes and Paris. It develops and promotes exactly the same idea of what makes an engineer.


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.



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.


Avignon Université

A long time ago, somewhere in Provence ... In 1303, Pope Boniface VIII founded a university in Avignon, just a few months after that of Rome, more than a century before that of Aix. Soon, other popes came to reside in the city, and students flocked to come to learn law. Abolished like everywhere else during the Revolution, higher education was reborn in Avignon in 1964, before regaining in 1984 the framework of a real university. Today, its two Campuses, Hannah Arendt and Jean-Henri Fabre, prove that Culture and Agro & Sciences are the cornerstones of a credible future for Provence, for its youth, for living it together. The centuries-old history of our University has resulted in active and recognized research, solid and adapted training with the aim of forging talents, supporting graduates and launching nuggets. "Don't wait for the future, do it" is his motto.


Université de 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.



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