The aim of the University Research Schools (EUR) action under the Programme d'Investissements d'Avenir (PIA 3- wave 1) is to strengthen the impact and international attractiveness of a university site's research and training in one or several scientific fields. The aim is to finance the internationally recognized Graduate School model, which brings together master's and doctoral programs as well as one or more high-level research laboratories and research organizations.

Aix-Marseille University is the winner of two EURs in 2017, AMSE and nEURo*AMU, for a period of 10 years. They are respectively endowed with €16.6M and €10M co-financed by the Programme d'Investissements d'Avenir and the A*MIDEX Foundation.

AMSE(Aix-Marseille School of Economics)

Coordinated by Alain Venditti, DR CNRS / AMSE, this project brings together teaching and research around a new scientific project focused on public action in a world in crisis, particularly in the southern Mediterranean countries, which are facing specific challenges and obstacles on their way to development.

AMSE proposes the creation of a Grande Ecole in Economics within Aix-Marseille University by proposing an innovative training at the master and doctoral levels, which aims to train a new generation of economists, researchers, professors and policy makers capable of meeting the challenges of a world in crisis.

Alongside Aix-Marseille University, the consortium's partner institutions are the CNRS, the EHESS and the Ecole Centrale Marseille (ECM).


nEURo*AMU (Marseille NeuroSchool, a frontline training)

Coordinated by Anne Kavounoudias, MCF / AMU, this project aims to structureAMU's strengths and potential in neuroscience, simplify and professionalize the courses and increase its international visibility from the 3rd year of the bachelor's degree to the doctoral program in neuroscience.

Alongside Aix-Marseille University, the consortium's partner institutions areCNRS, Inserm, AP-HM, Institut Mines Telecom, VECT-HORUS, Neuroservice Alliance, OZ Biosciences.



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Institute Project Manager


Project leader

Scientific and technical manager

  • Alain Venditti

Operational correspondent

  • Isabelle Mauduech
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Project leader

Scientific and technical manager

  • Anne Kavounoudias

Operational project manager

  • Isabelle Virard
  • Tel: +33 (0)4 91 32 46 31
  • E-mail:


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