Institutes and Initiatives Program

The Sorbonne University Alliance promotes interdisciplinary research and the structuring of education through research with the Sorbonne University Institutes and Initiatives. The academic researchers and research partners in these institutes and initiatives are communities brought together on a common issue. The institutes respond to societal issues and are designed to bring together several disciplines, thus giving researchers from different backgrounds the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience. The initiatives explore opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration in other fields.

The Institutes and Initiatives benefit from doctoral contracts funded by the Initiative of Excellence. From 2021, thesis directors respond to a call for doctoral research projects, which is open each year to all laboratories of the Sorbonne University Alliance members.

Institutes and Initiatives Program

The call for proposals is for thesis supervisors and describes the framework and process for defining research projects and awarding doctoral contracts for Institutes and Initiatives. Project leaders (thesis supervisors) can submit their project via an online form (until February 21) for approval. The call for projects is common to all the Institutes and Initiatives programs except for the iSiM and I-bio doctoral programs.

Lists of institutes and initiatives :

  • Collegium Musicae
  • The Institute of Computing and Data Sciences (ISCD)
  • The University Institute for Health Engineering (IUIS)
  • The Institute for Environmental Transition (SU-ITE)
  • The Heritage Observatory (OPUS)
  • The Materials Science Institute
  • The Sea Institute
  • Sorbonne University Center for Artificiel Intelligence (SCAI)
  • Quantum Information Centre Sorbonne
  • The Biodiversity, Evolution, Ecology and Society Initiative (IBEES)
  • The Theater Initiative
  • Health Economics 
  • The Gender Initiative
  • Europe and Interculturality Initiative 
  • Sciences of Antiquity
  • Physics of the Infinite
  • The Molecular Science and Engineering Initiative
  • Biomedical Humanities
  • Mastering Safe and Sustainable Technology Systems
  • Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research in Biology (i-Bio)

Doctoral applicants to research projects must wait for projects to be selected before they can apply.

More information about our institutes and initiatives.

The doctoral projects selected for I-Bio are already online. Master students or the equivalent can apply now.

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The Faculty of Medicine teaches the 3 cycles of medical studies: from PASS (integrated into the faculty) to the 3rd cycle including DES, DESC, DU and DIU. The lessons are given mainly on two sites: Pitié-Salpêtrière and Saint-Antoine. The faculty also provides paramedical education: speech therapy, psychomotricity and orthoptics. The Saint-Antoine site includes a midwifery school.

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Our international study programmes are organised according to the major disciplinary areas of the faculty. They represent the graduate study programmes that are not strictly conducted in French or that could be suitable (in part) for non French-speaking students. They also reflect part of the diversity of the disciplines involved and the bi- and inter-disciplinary aspects of many of the courses we offer.


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We rely on disciplinary skills and on interdisciplinary approaches to renew concepts, methods and research subjects and to focus on some of the crucial issues faced by our societies: transformations affecting the very construction of knowledge (data, AI), the treatment of complex objects (the environment, marine and ocean sciences, cultural heritage) or our contributions to addressing societal challenges (climate change, healthcare).

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Our campuses offer different and unique experiences to our students, visitors and staff. Resources and support services are also available to ensure an equal chance at success to all.

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In addition to the cultural activities and events organised throughout the year by our clubs and societies, the Parismus society organises numerous events, evenings and cultural visits that will help you discover France and its parisian life.







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