Our project

The A*MIDEX project, drawn up by Aix-Marseille University and its partners in response to the "Initiative of Excellence" (Idex) call for proposals in the framework of the program "Investissements d'Avenir", stands perfectly in line with the creation of the merged Aix-Marseille University, and is the result of the will, declared by the university of Aix-Marseille and shared with its partners (research organizations and higher education graduate institutions) on the site, to strengthen the latter as far as education, research and development are concerned.
Aix-Marseille University, which stems from the merger of the three universities of Aix-Marseille on January 1st, 2012, is now one of the six French universities which belong to the top 150 universities in the world, according to the 2012 ARWU ranking.
Now through A*MIDEX, our ambition is to reinforce our site and to assert Aix-Marseille University as a high level attractive and influential research university as well as teaching institution, both as a European and international reference. This ambition is based on the following objectives:

  1. Reinforcing and improving our position as a research-intensive leader ;
  2. Improving our international acknowledgement as a high standard education establishment ;
  3. Increasing our economic and social utility at a national and international level ;
  4. Confirming our leader position as one of the “knowledge capital of the south of Europe” and our overall international recognition.

To fulfill these objectives, several challenges have to be overcome by A*MIDEX in a context of globalization and fierce international competition:

  • Proposing an attractive human resources policy in order to drain and keep talented staff, and also to prepare the renewing of our actual scientific leaders in the next future.
  • Developing and making more visible the most innovative and attractive education programs of the Aix-Marseille site, through the creation of an Excellence Academy.
  • Promoting a policy of innovation and development of research results that will be more reactive and able to optimize fully the academic and economic potential of the Aix-Marseille territory.
  • Introducing a mainstreaming approach of internationalization with a dual objective, coupling our site’s Euro-Mediterranean identity to a declared international ambition.


To overcome these challenges and fulfill our ambitions, the A*MIDEX project has been designed as a energizer with a strategy which is threefold:

  1. A core target of five priority scientific themes (Energy; Environment; Health and life sciences; Sciences and technologies; Humanities) where Aix-Marseille University and its partners of the site can become leaders at an international level within 10 years, through their disciplinary fields
  2. The development of excellent research, education and transfer projects, chosen through stringent but non-exclusive (calls for proposals open to all) selection processes in order to ensure emulation and a pool effect benefitting to the whole community of the site
  3. The set-up of specific funds, tools and policies that will support in the long run the development of an innovative research, an excellent teaching, an impactful contribution to society and business, internationalization and talent renewal.


Therefore, beyond being an opportunity of extra funding (about 17 M€/ year + 8M€/ year for 10 Labex projects), A*MIDEX represents a process which is able to reinforce and raise the level of teaching and research on our site.