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Grenoble's model of innovation is characterized by a high degree of collaboration between private companies, public collectivities and institutions of higher education and research.

Thanks to these constant exchanges between research and society, Grenoble is ranked as the 5th most Inventive city in the world by Forbes and amongst the top three in Europe by the European Capital contest. It has an exceptionally high number of patents per inhabitant (6,23 ‱) and the most intense research ecosystem in France.

The city hosts 5 large international research facilities (The European Synchrotron - ESRF, ILL, The European Molecular Biology Laboratory - EMBLIRAM-Institute, GHMFL), that attract thousands of researchers every year.

Université Grenoble Alpes is a major contributor at a worldwide level in several strong key fields, with over 10% of French scientific publications, among which are: particle physics, condensed matter physics, crystallography, electrochemistry, geosciences, ecology and computer science.

Grenoble-Alpes is the second most successful site after Paris in the national programme "Investissements d’Avenir", with 77 selected projects, representing a total of over 1 B€ in direct funding.

  • 3,700 PhD students
  • 45% from abroad
  • 9 national organisms (CEA, CNRS, CEN/Météo-France, CRSSA, Inserm INRA, Inria, IRD, Irstea)
  • 5 large international research facilities (ESRF, ILL, EMBL, IRAM, GHMFL)

National et international awards since 2000

  • 1 Turing Award (2007)
  • 1 Blue Planet Prize (2008)
  • 1 Albert Lasker Prize (2014)
  • 1 Breakthrough Prize (2015, first European winner)
  • 111 IUF nominations
  • 16 members elected at the French Academy of Sciences
  • 1 Gold Medal (2002), 2 Innovation Medals (2012 et 2013) and 23 Silver Medals of the CNRS

Unique research, education and technology platforms

A distinguishing feature of UGA is its long-standing strategy for developing shared research and technology platforms of highest standard open to education, cultural and technology transfer. Combined with the on-site European and international facilities (ESRF, ILL, EMBL, IRAM, GHMFL), they build strategic international collaborations (e.g. Tsukuba, KIT, Dresden). Examples include: the nano-characterization platform (30M€ of investment), the micro and nanotechnology platform (1B€ of investment), several platforms for proteomics, molecular chemistry and energy, and the Alpine Station for ecology dating back to 1899. UGA is also an important contributor to the national platform for Digital Humanities : HumaNum, and has lively on-campus cultural platforms such as Amphidice and Maison de la creation.

European and international schools

UGA's Physics School of "Les Houches" has been one of the key institutions in this field over the last 50 years, hosting dozens of Nobel Prizes both as lecturers and students. Beyond that, each year, the research departments of UGA organize major international thematic schools that benefit from Grenoble’s international research facilities, such as ERCA (European Research Course on Atmospheres, Earth Systems and Climate Change, Atmospheric Pollution on Various Scales and the Human Aspects of Environmental Change); ESONN (European School on Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies) or HERCULES (Higher European Research Course for Users of Large Experimental Systems).

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