Policy of research

Policy of research

Located between Grenoble, Lyon and Geneva, on the borders of Switzerland and Italy, the University of Savoie Mont Blanc is a multidisciplinary institution, recognized for its training and its work at research at the regional, national and international levels.

In an exceptional environment, the University of Savoie Mont Blanc offers its 15,000 students diversified courses at three European levels: Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate (LMD) in which engineering courses and DUTs are integrated.

A key player in the scientific, intellectual and economic development of the Savoie region and the Rhône-Alpes region, it is developing its activities at research in a wide variety of fields: in the exact and natural sciences, engineering sciences and human and social sciences.

Open to the outside world and very often distinguished for its international relations, the University of Savoie Mont Blanc takes advantage of its cross-border geographical location to implement collaborations with the universities of Turin, Vercelli, Lausanne and Geneva, in addition to its partnerships with the universities of Grenoble and Lyon.

This high-quality scientific environment is reinforced by the proximity of the CERN in Geneva, the largest particle accelerator in the world.

The research at the University Savoie Mont Blanc also has other major features :

  • numerous collaborations with major organizations: CNRS, INRA, IRD, CEA, CERN
  • a balance between research fundamental and research applied
  • active participation in the competitiveness clusters and clusters in the Rhône-Alpes region: TenerrdisCYMESPlastipolisSporaltec


Three campuses with different specificities:

■ Annecy Campus: Entrepreneurial and Digital Transitions and Physics

On this campus, the themes of entrepreneurial and digital transitions are based on strong links with the Haute-Savoie ecosystem. The presence of major industrial companies on a European and global scale (Sopra Steria, Somfy, NTN-SNR, Salomon, Pfeiffer-Vacuum, etc.) and numerous SME-SMIs, particularly in the field of mechatronics, enables efficient, high-level local collaborations at research . With regard to the digital transition, the USMB also hosts on this campus the mesocentre for computing and storage open on the EGI/LCG grid called Must.

The physics laboratories, whose presence on the site is closely linked to the proximity of the Cern, are specialized in the physics of elementary constituents (particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, mathematical physics). They contribute significantly to the excellent results of research and to the international visibility of the USMB.


■ Campus du Bourget-du-Lac: Environmental and Energy Transitions

This campus brings together numerous units of research in Science and Technology (ST) and Life Sciences (SDV) involved in environmental and energy transition. Collaborations in the field of environment and ecology with Grenoble partners are structured within the Free Alps Federation.

In the field of energy transition, the USMB is developing collaborations with the EDF-CIH centre and with the CEA within theNational Institute of Solar Energy - INES.

In 2019, the USMB successfully filed theEUR Solar Academy in partnership with the CEA and the CNRS as well as academic and industrial partners. The shared ambition is to create a national and international reference centre for research, engineering, management, economics and regulation in the field of production, distribution and consumption of a low-carbon energy mix with low environmental impact based on solar energy and the built environment.

The laboratories of mathematics and microelectronics, electromagnetism, photonics, microwaves complete the device.


■ Jacob-Bellecombette Campus: Societal and Territorial Transitions

This campus brings together the units of research in Arts, Letters, Languages (ALL), Human and Social Sciences (SHS) and Law, Economics and Management (DEG).

Covering a vast disciplinary spectrum, the ALL-SHSs brought together here constitute, by the variety of their objects, the multiplicity of their terrains and the diversity of their methods, a rich and composite whole.

The study of societal transitions benefits on this campus from the platform Investigation Unit which has been conducting studies for companies, local authorities, institutions and associations for ten years.

In addition, since 2008, the Chambéry teams of psychologists have developed a psychological consultation unit which is rare in France and the first to have been set up at national level.

The campus is also participating in the emergence of a field that cuts across the institution relating to health and well-being, which carries with it other major societal transitions (virtual reality and digital processing in general, sensors of all kinds (mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical, etc.), methods of sociological analysis, psychological assessment of stress or pain, legal approaches to health-related technological changes, etc.).