What is the Excellence Initiative?

The A*Midex université foundation supports the Aix-Marseille Excellence Initiative, winner of the national label obtained as part of the INVESTMENTS FOR THE FUTURE PROGRAM (PIA). The IdEx project presented by Aix-Marseille Université and its partners (CNRS, Inserm, IRD, CEA, AP-HM, Sciences-Po Aix, Centrale Marseille) was selected in February 2012 by the international jury and definitively confirmed in April 2016.

Its objective is to enhance and develop the exceptional potential of the Aix-Marseille site by providing it with world-class research and higher education. A*Midex experiments with new actions and functions as a strategic growth lever for the territory.

This ambition is reflected in the following objectives :

•    Strengthen and improve our positioning as a leading intensive research university;
•    Improving our international recognition as a high-level higher education institution;
•    Increasing our economic and societal utility at the national and international level;
•    Enhance our international standing.

A*Midex's policy is based mainly - although not exclusively - on five funds serving its various objectives, in order to ensure an optimal concentration of IdEx resources on the most promising projects. These five funds are: Attractiveness - Research - International - Transfer - Education.

The actions financed by the IdEx pass through two vectors :

•    Calls for projects or applications, with many projects labelled in the Units or components and partners of the Aix-Marseille site;
•    Structuring actions with the objective of transforming the university institution.

IdEx Aix-Marseille also supports the major structural projects of the Aix-Marseille site such as Instituts Convergences, University Hospital Networks (RHU), LabEx and Ecoles Universitaires de Recherche, selected as part of the PIA programmes. The foundation also monitors these projects.

Contact information

Aix-Marseille Université - A*MIDEX Foundation

Jardin du Pharo - 58 bd Charles Livon - 13284 Marseille Cedex 07
+33 (0)4 86 13 61 60 amidex-direction@univ-amu.fr

Deputy Chairman - Denis BERTIN

Executive Director - Under appointment

Director - Céline BRÉAL
Tel: +33(0) 4 91 39 65 51 - email: celine.breal@univ-amu.fr

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