Research policy

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

In an exceptional environment, the University of Savoie Mont Blanc offers its 14,000 students a wide range of courses at the three European levels: Licence, Master and Doctorate (LMD) in which engineering courses and DUTs are included.

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

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

This quality scientific environment is reinforced by the proximity of the CERN of Geneva, the world's largest particle accelerator, and the large equipment in Grenoble. USMB is part of the Community of Universities and Establishments (ComUE) of the Grenoble Academy.

On the Annecy site, the Université Savoie Mont Blanc is also involved in the Cité des Techniques de l'Image et de l'Animation (CITIA).

Research at the University of Savoie Mont Blanc also has other major characteristics:


Fields of training and research

the University of Savoie Mont Blanc has defined 6 fields, common to training and research:

  • Fundamental Sciences, Earth, Environment
  • Technologies: Mechatronics, Energy-Building, Digital
  • Corporate, Governance, Responsibilities
  • Behaviors, Images, Cultures and Societies
  • Mountain, Tourism, Sports, Health
  • Teaching Professions

These fields include the 19 research laboratories in which the lecturers and researchers of the Savoie Mont Blanc University are housed. The laboratories also participate in an academic dynamic around the scientific poles set up at EU level.


Transverse axes

The university relies on the skills of its laboratories to develop interdisciplinary actions around three transversal axes:

  • Mountain
  • Energy - Building
  • Physics and Mechatronics

Research around these three axes distinguishes the university at the national and international levels.


The mountain theme is a promising one: the problems of the environment, ecology, economic growth and territorial development, the emergence of new tourist, cultural, sporting, health and leisure practices raising legal, societal and environmental issues, are at the heart of the concerns of the actors of mountain territories. The scientific potential of this theme appears in many of the institution's units, which therefore has significant strengths that have already been mobilized or can still be mobilized.

Energy - Building

The energy-building theme deals with issues related to the environment and the issue of low-carbon and low-carbon energy. In 2006, on the Bourget-du-Lac site, the public authorities created the Institut National de l'Énergie Solaire (INES), which brought together the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR)the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the department of Savoie, l’ADEME, the CEA, USMB, the CNRS and the Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB). Since then, theINES has grown significantly, making it one of the three main global centres in the field: today, just over 200 researchers and teacher-researchers present on the site are involved in the activities of theINESwith a strong interaction with the competitiveness cluster Tenerrdis.

Physics and Mechatronics

The university houses two fundamental physics laboratories on the Ancient site: one in the field of experimental particle physics (LAPP) and the other of theoretical physics (LAPTh). In strong interaction with the CERN in Geneva, they have significant research potential, with human resources and premises largely supported by the CNRS.

In addition, the large companies in the bar turning industry, which is very present in Haute-Savoie, have been at the origin of the emergence of a mechatronic competitiveness cluster. It is structured around the Technical Centre for Bar Turning (CETC), the Franco-Swiss technological platform MIND, local authorities and the USMB. Inaugurated in 2013, the Maison de la mécatronique brings together the major players, in particular the Polytech research laboratory SUMMARYThésame, the CETIM, the LAPP and the competitiveness cluster Mont-Blanc Industries.