Campus of excellence

The University of Bordeaux was one of the first to be awarded the Initiative of Excellence program in 2011, and among the first to be confirmed by the international jury in 2016. This positive evaluation allows the university to pursue its goal of further developing as an internationally renowned Campus of Excellence.

A competitive international research university in tune with its environment.

The University of Bordeaux Initiative of Excellence (IdEx Bordeaux)

In close collaboration with research units and partner institutions, the University of Bordeaux offers innovative research, training and knowledge transfer programs.

These programs are financed with the income stemming from a €700 million endowment granted to IdEx Bordeaux. These funds are supplemented by partner investments and external resources (ANR or European call for proposals, private funding, etc.).

The University of Bordeaux also coordinates other projects under the "Investments for the Future" scheme concerning higher education and research in the Bordeaux area, in synergy with the Clusters of Excellence (LabEx), Facilities of Excellence (EquipEx), University Hospital Institute (IHU) and the Technology Transfer Office (SATT).


  • Founding partners: University of Bordeaux, CNRS, Inserm, Sciences Po Bordeaux, Bordeaux INP, Bordeaux Sciences Agro, Bordeaux Montaigne University
  • Associated partners: CHU of Bordeaux, Inra, Inria, Irstea, CEA
  • Partners financially supporting IdEx Bordeaux: Aquitaine Regional Council, European Union

Investments for the Future (PIA)

In 2010, the French government launched the Investments for the Future scheme to finance projects that will shape the France of tomorrow. A 10-year budget of €22 billion was earmarked for higher education and research, identified as key priorities.

These investments target the creation of some ten world-class clusters of excellence in higher education and scientific research. One of the major programs selected for this far-reaching endeavor is the University of Bordeaux Initiative of Excellence (IdEx Bordeaux).

Updated on 25/01/2022

UBx brochure