Future Investment Programs

Future Investment Programs

With a budget of 57 billion euros, the Programme d'investissements d'avenir (PIA) [Investment for the Future Program] managed by the French General Secretariat for Investment (SGPI), has been set up by the State to finance innovative and promising investments in France, with the aim of increasing the country’s growth and employment potential.

Since 2016, Université Côte d'Azur has been consolidating its status as a research-intensive university with an international reputation thanks to the success in responding to successive calls for tenders under the French Investment for the Future Program (Programme d'Investissement d'Avenir). Beyond IDEX, which represents the most prestigious label in the French academic world, Université Côte d'Azur benefits from the support and achievements of the various schemes set up by several Investment for the Future Programs: 3IA, LABEX, L@UCA, Invent@UCA, PEPITE, ECRI+.. …

IDEX: the UCAjedi project

As part of the Investment for the Future  Programs, Université Côte d'Azur was awarded the IDEX label in January 2016 to develop its ambitious  UCAJedi project  - Joint, Excellent Dynamic Initiative - involving the combined efforts of public and private entities in the Côte d'Azur region with high international visibility. 
Université Côte d'Azur's investment for the future program aims to completely redefine the relationship between research, education, innovation and the region.

3IA : the Artificial Intelligence Institut of Université Côte d'Azur

The 3IA Côte d'Azur is one of the 4 artificial intelligence institutes in France, focusing on applications for health & digital biology on the one hand and intelligent regions including driverless and connected vehicles on the other hand.


Université Côte d'Azur has set up four laboratories of excellence with the potential to support research in particularly promising scientific fields; 
- life sciences and health: with the SIGNALIFE and ICST ;
- digital: UCN@SOPHIA ;
- the sciences of matter and energy: GANEX.

UCA Digital Systems for Humans "DS4H"

DS4H is a higher multi-sector research unit in the fields of digital systems and digital society. It is the first University Research School created within the University Côte d'Azur. 
DS4H is a joint research and educational program focused on digital systems design, digital economy, education and law. It addresses the challenges of designing the next generation of digital systems, inventing new applications and studying the links between humans and the digital world.


The Écri+ project, winner of the PIA3 Nouveaux Cursus à l'Université (New University Curriculum), is a shared scheme to help students improve their skills in written French at university. It is developing assessment, educational and certification tools. Université Côte d'Azur is heading up the national educational scheme.


The INVENT@UCA project presented by Université Côte d'Azur is the winner of the "Disrupt' Campus" call for projects. 
Invent@UCA is a support mechanism for training in digital innovation and entrepreneurship. It brings together professionals, academics and students with the aim of supporting the digital transformation of organizations while training students in innovation and entrepreneurship.

L@UCA: developing Skills and adaptability in undergraduate level

The L@UCA project - Licence à l'Université Compétences et Adaptabilité is the investment for the future program awarded to Université Côte d'Azur which aims to help new graduates enter the workforce and achieve a successful career. In particular, it focuses on improving guidance systems, making courses more flexible and transforming teaching methods.