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Research : priorities 2009-2012

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Research: Key Figures

  • 430 million euros in consolidated research funding
  • 7,300 publications per year
  • 6,000 faculty and researchers
  • 126 research units
  • 19 doctoral schools
  • 3 500 doctoral candidates 
  • 800 doctorates awarded each year 

Policy of research, diffusion and valorization


The potential and quality of research at UPMC has been ranked highly, both overall and in respect of individual fields, by international bodies working in the observation and evaluation of research. Its structuring into four research sectors has played a key role in the significant evolution of its research structures (UMR, federations) and in that of the university components themselves as well as in the opening up of the frontiers of science, supported by the policy for the assignment of resources likely to mobilise the university (BQR, redeployment of jobs, post-doctoral funding, contingent establishment of research funding).

University Plan Priorities

The UPMC will conduct its research policy within the framework of this sector-based structure, of proven efficiency, anticipating and taking full consideration of the new environment created by the Pact for Research (creation of agencies) and the law governing the freedoms and responsibilities of universities.
The UPMC is proposing:
• assuming full responsibility for the steering and operation and of its sites;
• strengthening the partnership with the EPST, in order to build a common policy for the research structures (units, federations);
• seeking excellence at all organisational levels of the university;
• committing to a self-evaluation process articulated around AERES evaluation;
• focusing significantly on its research potential and the implementation of its educational offer.

As regards partnership with private research, the UPMC is proposing:

• to increase the number of consulting engineers made available to its laboratories for the setting up of projects;
• increasing the number of CIFRE theses;
• increases the number of patents and licenses;
• facilitating proof of concept and the making of prototypes;
• helping to build the awareness of researchers and students of the contribution of business, through the presence in the laboratories of scientists with business knowledge.

To this end, UPMC has set as a priority of the introduction of dedicated units for the incubation and creation of companies, as part of its Paris-Parc project.
These objectives will enable compliance with the new conditions brought in with the introduction of research project funding mechanisms, within the new context of the increasing application of European policy with the PCRD and the ERC and of French policy, in particular with the ANR. Pilot and operator of the sites in partnership with the EPST, UPMC can provide, for the units its houses and that it intends to run, with a permanent and optimal environment, favourable for the expression of the scientific excellence that it has set as its objective.
UPMC is also intending to strengthen its partnership with the EPSCP (State-funded establishment of a Scientific, Cultural and Professional Nature) in the Île-de-France region, the AP-HP, regional collectives but also with industry, in order to pave the way for the future great university of the Île-de-France which our region and the city of Paris wish to see emerge.
This university will of course be able to have a presence at national (including with regional facilities on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts), European and international levels, in line with its scientific potential, its capacity for the disseminating scientific culture and valorisation.
From these perspectives, the UPMC will continue to consolidate its innovative governance, (managements, boards, etc.) by further adapting them towards meeting these challenges, in the full exercise of its autonomy. It will introduce and monitor a set of self-evaluation indicators for research enabling the quality control and internal evaluation processes that are necessary for the ex-post external evaluation that it fully supports.