Research organization

In Grenoble, 3,600 professor-researchers work in 100 laboratories, structured through 6 research departments, 14 laboratories of excellence (LABEX) and benefitting from equipment of excellence (EQUIPEX). Almost half of our 3,700 PhD students are international students. With such assets, Grenoble is one of the most research-intensive ecosystems in France.

Mission of research departments

These 6 research departments support and develop excellence in research within all disciplinary fields – both in basic and applied research – and foster pluridisciplinary and collaboration between the teams of the various departments.

They collaborate to tackle ambitious transversal projects. Most research structures are shared with national research organizations such as CNRS, CEA, Inserm and Inria.

Missions of research departments:
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of research strategy
  • Distribute financial and human resources, in particular through incentive calls for projects
  • Design proposals for recruitment of open positions for professor-researchers (alongside the education components) and researchers
  • Forecast the needs of laboratories in administrative and technical staff
  • Take part in the setting up of recruitment commissions for professor-researchers
  • Submit preliminary decisions about the mobility professors-researchers and invited professors, in collaboration with education components
  • Raise funds
  • Communicate on the research potential of Université Grenoble Alpes as a whole, and develop collaborations with industrial, political, cultural and economic partners

Research department

  • Chemistry, Biology, Health (CBS)
    Bio-motivated chemical systems / Integrative structural and cellular biology / Cancer and chronic diseases / Translational neurosciences / Technology and health.
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  • Mathematics, Information and Communication Sciences (MSTIC)
    MathAlp: from basic research to applications / Cyberphysical systems / Data science / Perception, interactions, uses.
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  • Particles Physics, Astrophysics, Geosciences, Environment and Ecology (PAGE)
    The universe: origin, composition, evolution / Earth and anthropization: climate, ecosystems, risks and resources.
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  • Physics, Engineering, Material Science (PEM)
    Materials, structures and systems / Condensed and complex matter / Mechanics, processes and transfers / Micro-electronics, micro-systems, electrical engineering / Nanosciences, nanotechnologies.
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  • Social Sciences (PSS)
    Economics, finance, organizations and societies.
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  • Humanities and Social Sciences (SHS)
    Cognition and language / Social and cultural spaces / Creation / Science and technology in society.
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Research partners

  • CEA Tech
    CEA Tech is the CEA’s (the French Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission) technology research unit. CEA Tech’s three labs—Leti, Liten, and List—develop a broad portfolio of technologies for ICTs, energy, and healthcare.
    Leti and Liten are institutes within CEA Tech in charge of developing and disseminating generic technologies that cover most traditional industrial applications up to “high-tech” sectors, for large or small companies. Univ. Grenoble Alpes actively collaborates with Leti and Liten.
Published on  February 6, 2020
Updated onFebruary 21, 2020