The François-Rabelais University of Tours has established a highly assertive policy for developing its research, based on major centres that group together research units, research organizations and companies.
The University totals 34 research units, including 15 joint research units in partnership with the CNRS (the National Centre for Scientific Research), the INSERM (the National Institute of Health and Medical Research), the INRA (the National Institute for Agricultural Research) and the CEA (the Atomic Energy Commission). All of these units are attached to four Doctoral Schools, including three that are shared with the University of Orléans, and to a “Maison des Sciences de l’Homme” (Institute for Human Sciences), related to the CNRS.
The François-Rabelais University of Tours develops scientific priorities through thematic programmes for excellence that are internationally renowned:
An “Imaging and the Brain” unit in partnership with the INSERM focusing on functional imaging and on its medical applications.
An “Infectiology” unit in partnership with the INRA and the INSERM and internationally acknowledged for virology and vaccinology.
A “Cognition and Neurosciences” unit in partnership with the CNRS, the INSERM, the INRA and the University of Poitiers.
An “Insect Biology” unit in partnership with the CNRS.
An “Energy and Materials” unit, in partnership with the CNRS, the CEA and STMicro-electronics, focusing specifically on advanced materials and electrolytic cells.
A “Mathematics, Theoretical Physics and Information Technologies” unit in partnership with the CNRS.
A “Renaissance” unit in partnership with the CNRS, which is one of its kind in Europe, and where visitors may discover the Virtual Humanistic Library, among other things.
A “Loire Basin Linguistics” unit in partnership with the CNRS, the University of Orléans and the Bibliothèque de France (French National Library).
A “Cities and Territories” unit in partnership with the CNRS.
New themes are being developed around the subject of “Food”, in partnership with a UNECO chair and supported by the IECHA - the European Institute of Food History and Culture, around the subject of “Biomedicines” through the Labex Mabimprove project, in partnership with the University of Montpellier and in the field of “Law, Economics and Management” on the notion of “Responsibilities”.