Research strategy

UPEC conducts fundamental, applied, and translational world-class research. It also conducts research in close collaboration with local industry players, paying particular attention to concerns about social, spatial, and environmental justice in order to respond to a number of major societal challenges.

With 2,600 professors, lecturers, researchers, engineers, and doctoral students, 32 laboratories, 1 observatory and some 30 technological platforms, UPEC is a leader in research and innovation that promotes a cross-disciplinary approach to societal challenges.

Research Excellence with the Wider Society

UPEC's priority mission is to drive innovation for society through cutting-edge research at the national and international level. It works in close partnership with renowned organizations (CNRS, INSERM), universities, and schools in fields such as medicine, health, the environment, the pure sciences, digital technology, social sciences, and the humanities.
Research at UPEC also follows a responsible innovation approach based on close synergy between academia, civil society, the government, local authorities, and the world of industry. UPEC pays particular attention to concerns about social, spatial, and environmental justice in order to analyze and respond to a number of major societal challenges.

Open and Responsible Research

UPEC also promotes ethical and responsible research with the support of its Ethics and Scientific Integrity Committee (CEDIS). It works to promote cultural diversity in research, and helps to make research findings and data accessible to a wide audience by integrating international viewpoints on these issues.
UPEC is also aiming to obtain the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers label awarded by the European Commission as part of its HRS4R initiative.

Strengthening Innovative Partnerships and Technology Transfer

UPEC is pursuing a proactive policy of innovation and joint research in close collaboration with its partners, and in particular with research organizations, along three main lines:
  • Deploying a strategic and innovative partnership policy
  • Reinforcing partnerships with companies and sharing best practices
  • Developing our business startup policy

Research at UPEC features

     • 23 interdisciplinary units,
     • 27 teams,
     • 2 internal technology research teams,
     • 2 community research institutes.

In total, these units develop and champion the multidisciplinary research represented in the eight areas covered by UPEC's master's degrees.
Our eight doctoral schools contribute to the development of PhD candidates and their professional integration. The Science Council supports the international mobility and collaboration of PhD students via the Quality Research Bonus (Bonus Qualité Recherche, BQR). Our researchers are particularly engaged in European programs which assist doctoral schools.

The university continues to implement the objectives of its four-year plan, which outlines the desired research outcomes.