Laboratories of excellence (LABEX) have unique methods allowing them to keep pace with their international counterparts, to attract internationally renowned researchers and research professors and to build a high-level integrated research, training and utilisation policy. A number of the Université Grenoble Alpes' laboratories are involved in different areas of research.

Chemistry and Life Sciences


Chemistry must now deal with two fundamental challenges: plan for its future without fossil fuels and incorporate existing knowledge of molecular biology to develop new, more efficient bio-molecular systems. From basic research to cutting-edge technologies, ARCANE aims to develop and apply novel multifunctional molecules by crossing the creative power of chemistry with state-of-the-art molecular biology.

GRAL (Grenoble Alliance for Integrated Structural & Cell Biology)

The GRAL laboratory of excellence is made up of three large Grenoble institutes specialising in life sciences. The aim is to successfully bring together structural biology and integrative cellular biology.

Digital Sciences and Technologies

AMIES (Agency for Mathematics in Interaction with Business and Society)

The AMIES laboratory of excellence encourages interactions between mathematics and businesses, in order to bolster the visibility of the mathematics community in the socio-economic world.

MINOS (Minatec Novel Devices Scaling) Lab

The MINOS Lab laboratory of excellence is an international research centre in the field of nanoelectronics. Its goal is to address the challenges of extreme miniaturisation technologies for devices.

PERSYVAL-lab (Pervasive Systems and Algorithms)

The goal of the PERSYVAL-lab is to master the design and control of new computer systems combining interconnected "smart" devices with interactive virtual objects for the benefit of the human race.

CAMI (Computer Assisted Medical Interventions)

The CAMI laboratory of excellence puts forward new approaches for computer assisted medical interventions.

Nanoscience, innovative materials and environmentally responsible engineering

LANEF (Alliances Laboratory of Nanoscience and Energies for the Future)

LANEF promotes collaborations in research projects concerning current societal challenges (energy, communication, health and transport for example) and helps to develop cutting-edge technologies.

TEC 21 (Mechanical and Process Engineering)

The TEC 21 laboratory of excellence is a scientific community in Grenoble involved in the following areas: fluid and solid mechanics, process engineering and biomechanics. The aim is to devise new engineering processes which can be used for environmental management, reducing natural and technological risks and industrial processes linked to clean technologies.

CENAM (Centre of Excellence of Multifunctional Architectured Materials)

CENAM designs, produces and characterises "multifunctional architectured materials" to improve the performance of future health, environment, housing and energy technologies.

Earth Sciences and Science of the Universe


The "Observe to understand and predict natural systems" (OSUG) laboratory of excellence works on implementing multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary tools to improve modelling and prediction in the areas of environmental science and science of the Universe.

FOCUS (Focal Plane Array for Universe Sensing)

The FOCUS laboratory of excellence aims to develop new matrix technologies for high-resolution and highly sensitive detectors in order to equip future generations of Space and Earth telescopes for science of the Universe.

ENIGMASS (The Enigma of Mass)

The ENIGMASS laboratory of excellence tries to respond to a number of questions, raised by physicists, regarding the origin and structure of the Universe. Its goal is to better understand the laws of physics by exploring the origin of elementary particle masses.

Innovation for the benefit of the territory and the environment


The ITEM (Innovation and Mountain Territories) laboratory of excellence is a network of local stakeholders and researchers coming from research institutions in the Isère and Savoie regions. Its aim is to provide mountain territories with the necessary analytical capacity and expertise for dealing with the various forms of change they face.


The research carried out by the "Architecture, Environment and Constructive Cultures" (AE&CC) laboratory of excellence relies on approaching architecture through the "constructive cultures" which are intrinsically associated with it. By taking these elements into account, architecture can be designed by making the most of local resources and making informed choices regarding the environmental, social, economic and cultural impact at all stages of a building's life cycle.

Updated on December 7, 2016