Major Research Programmes (GPRs)

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Seven "Major Research Programmes" (GPRs) have been accredited by the University of Bordeaux. The programmes are cross-disciplinary and centred around a specific scientific or social issue with strong international relevance.

Photo : Transcriptomics platform (Neurocentre Magendie) © Gautier Dufau
Transcriptomics platform (Neurocentre Magendie) © Gautier Dufau

The University of Bordeaux has accredited seven Major Research Programmes (GPRs): BPS, Brain_2030, HOPE, Human Past, IPORA, LIGHT and PPM. The programmes were selected with the help of an international scientific committee, composed of 13 leading figures in their field. The Major Research Programmes are designed to last eight years, with a detailed roadmap for the first four years. They will be appraised at the halfway point, in line with the university's plan for 2030.

Nucleic Acids Laboratory: Natural and artificial regulations © Gautier Dufau
Nucleic Acids Laboratory: Natural and artificial regulations © Gautier Dufau

Cutting-edge research with international visibility

Via its Major Research Programmes, the University of Bordeaux is striving to support the development of innovative research on the international level. The university is working in close cooperation with its partners on site, including research institutes (CNRS, Inserm, INRAE, Inria) and its associate members (Bordeaux INP, Sciences Po Bordeaux).
This policy is supported by the research departments, created in 2019, that monitor the GPRs and play a fundamental role in making these projects of excellence successful.

Accreditations promoting excellence

The University of Bordeaux is implementing the Investments for the Future Programme (PIA) to support its scientific priorities.
The launch of the seven GPRs is part of the renewal of a policy for research excellence, embodied by the "Laboratories  of Excellence" (LabEx) and "Clusters of Excellence", for the past 10 years. Through these Major Research Programmes, the aim is to secure the structuring of research over the long term and continue to support projects as ambitious and demanding as the LabEx, which succeeded in attracting researchers and bringing research communities together in conjunction with partner organisations.
One of the specificities of the Major Research Programmes is how they are financed. The funds used by the University of Bordeaux account for a significant part of the resources the university was granted for it's accreditation as an "Initiative of Excellence'.

Bio-Chemistry Institute - Campus Carreire - © CPU
Bio-Chemistry Institute - Campus Carreire - © CPU


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