Europe & International

AMU ranks among France's top universities in international rankings. It is positioned as a research-intensive university with privileged partnerships all over the world. Internationalization permeates all the institution's activities (research/education/cooperation/mobility), whether considered separately or in combination. The international dimension has become a determining factor in its strategy and development.

The University's international research strategy is implemented through several types of action :

  • Developing institutional research cooperation
  • Support for participation in European Horizon Europe programs
  • Involvement in numerous other European and international programs.

These actions are steered by the University's Research and Technology Transfer Department (DRV).

Aix-Marseille University's Initiative of Excellence s Initiative of Excellence is also helping to drive or develop some of these initiatives.

Developing institutional research cooperation

In terms of scientific cooperation, Aix-Marseille Université has confirmed its international dimension, which is the joint result of the initiatives of its research units and the institutional actions it carries out through the establishment of scientific partnerships for which it is responsible (bilateral agreements, research MoUs, consortiums, etc.) or structured arrangements with research organizations.

In the field of institutional international cooperation, AMU is committed to better coordinating its international actions with major national research organizations (CNRS, INSERM, IRD, etc.), with which it intends to pursue a more controlled site policy in identified regions, and a more coherent approach to international partners.

In this context, the mandate of the Research and Commercialization Division (DRV) is mainly based on the following major missions:

  • implement scientific partnership agreements or conventions submitted by research units, with the aim of formalizing and making visible their regular scientific collaborations
  • helping research units to position themselves in international scientific cooperation mechanisms and tools aimed at initiating or developing scientific exchanges, notably through bi- or multi-lateral AAPs (Partenariat Hubert Curien, ECOS, COFECUB, CFQCU, Bio-Asia...).

Contact: Amira Khellaf, Direction de la Recherche et la Valorisation (DRV) Steering of international research cooperation

Active participation in European framework programs (Horizon Europe and European sectoral programs)

Aix-Marseille Université teams play an active role in European research and innovation framework programs. As part of the Horizon 2020 program, 118 projects have been accepted for nearly €71.55 million in grants, making AMU themaking AMU the 1st French university in the "Health" program and the 2nd in terms of grants obtained.

In 2024, AMU, in partnership with CNRS, Inserm and IRD, will breathe new life into its European policy by creating the Mission Europe pour la Recherche (MER). This "one-stop shop", staffed by around twenty people, is based on a shared operating model to provide better support for researchers and teacher-researchers on the Aix-Marseille site in all activities linked to European research and innovation projects.

By benefiting fromeconomies of scale by sharing sharing skills and resources, while acquiring new skills, Mission Europe pour la Recherche aims to simplify and improve support for units to Europe in order to augment their participation in European calls for projects and improve success success rates.

Mission Europe pour la Recherche is structured into two main areas working in close collaboration:

  • The Detection Unit is responsible for promoting European programs, informing teams, identifying calls adapted to the needs of units, detecting new projects and identifying project leaders.
  • The Engineering Pole is involved in the project set-up, negotiation and implementation phases, interfacing with the management units and project leaders. 
    The financial management of projects remains the responsibility of the Tutelle gestionnaire.

Contact Céline Damon, Head of Mission Europe pour la Recherche

Involvement in numerous European and international programs outside Horizon Europe

European and international funding are at the heart of the strategy to be deployed in laboratories to enable ambitious research development within AMU.

Every year since 2014, the Direction de la Recherche et de la Valorisation has supported teaching researchers in their submissions for European (excluding H2020) and international projects (international ANR, Era-Net, JPI, FEAMP, FEDER, LIFE +, Co-Fund, Joint Action, Life +, NIH...) and monitored all selected projects.

Page dedicated to non-H2020 and international funding :

Contacts of the Europe (excluding H2020) and International business managers who support teaching and research staff in their search for funding and in setting up projects:

  • Magali Niox, Direction de la Recherche et la Valorisation (DRV)Aix-en-Provence and Etoile campuses
  • Giacomo Bagatella, Direction de la Recherche et la Valorisation (DRV) Campus Centre, Timone and Luminy
Contact information
Direction de la Recherche et de la Valorisation :

International Research Cooperation

European Business Managers (excluding Horizon Europe)

Mission Europe pour la Recherche

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