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Academic partnerships

Developing computer science research together

Since its creation, the Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée Research Centre has worked with its partners within the science park and the region to develop a mode of cooperation based on the creation of Inria project-teams. Today, half of these teams are joint teams with academic partners. Around thirty of them are hosted within the Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée premises, five are based at partner sites in Montpellier, and one in Marseilles. In 2010, an Inria project-team was created with the University of Bologna, where it is hosted.

Partners in the region...

The Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée research centre brings together joint teams on various sites with universities, research organisations, scientific laboratories and leading higher education institutions. Some of its teams are even directed by project-team leaders from other institutions.


  • Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis
  • Université Montpellier

 Research organisations:

  • CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research)
  • INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research)
  • CIRAD (A French research centre working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues)
  • IRD

Leading higher education institutions:

  • ENPC - Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
  • ENS - Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris
  • Montpellier Supagro

Scientific partnerships are most often built on the laboratory scale:

  • Jean-Alexandre Dieudonné laboratory (LJAD)
  • Sophia Antipolis system signal computing laboratory (I3S)
  • Montpellier computer science, robotics and microelectronics laboratory (LIRMM)
  • Laboratory of mathematics, computer science and statistics for the environment and agronomy (MISTEA)
  • Plant development and improvement laboratory (DAP)
  • University institute of industrial thermal systems (IUSTI)

A school example: multi-location teams

Certain project-teams bring together researchers from several Inria centres and several regions. This is the case with the TOSCA team partially located in Nancy. The Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée centre is thus a partner of Université Henri Poincaré de Nancy, Université Nancy 2, and the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine.

... and abroad

In 2010, the Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée centre created the first joint research team with a foreign university: the Inria - University of Bologna project-team (FOCUS)

It also maintains numerous scientific relationships with Mediterranean countries (like bilateral collaboration with NKUA : National and Kaposidtian University of Athens) and is heavily involved in the EuroMediterranean 3+3 Programme

As part of the national policy for creation of associate teams, the Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée centre has 12 associate teams  with prestigious universities in Europe (University of Groningen in the Netherlands or IPPI Moscow), South America (Brazil, Chile) and Asia (Bangalore). But it is with the major US and Canadian universities that the Sophia Antipolis teams have the most interaction: seven associate teams have been set up in partnership with Stanford, Harvard, Caltech and the Universities of California, Minnesota and Calgary.

The Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée research centre hosts international and European structures:

ERCIM - European Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics is an organisation dedicated to advancing European research and development in information science and technologies and applied mathematics. ERCIM is the European host of the World Wide Web consortium (W3C), an international industrial organisation responsible for defining the Web's standards and preserving its universality, accessibility and interoperability.

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