Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees merged into a single region on 1st January 2016.
The data of this site mainly concerns the former Midi-Pyrenees region and is currently being updated.

Research and Innovation

The most intensive research in France

  • Leading region in France and 8th in Europe for research intensity (R&D/PIB expenditure)
  • Leading region in France for the number of researchers with respect to total jobs
  • 28,100 people in R&D, including 19,670 researchers (3rd region in France)
  • 3rd region in France for the number of patents registered (740 in 2011), an increase of 5.3% from 2010 to 2011

Private research

  • 17,900 researchers
  • €2.862 billion expenditure (3rd region in France)
  • The main players: Airbus, Thales, Pierre Fabre, Sanofi
  • Fields: aeronautics and space, pharmaceutical industry, manufacture of electrical appliances, precision instruments, communication equipment

Public research

  • 10,200 researchers
  • €1.01 billion expenditure (4th region in France)
  • The main players: LAAS-CNRS, INRA, INSERM, IRD, CNES, ONERA, CNRM, paul Sabatier University
  • Fields: earth sciences, engineering sciences, IT and communications sciences, human sciences

Source: Ministry of Education and Research, 2010 data

World-renowned research institutions

Organizations dedicated to innovation and technology transfer

Midi-Pyrenees, region benefiting from future investments

Among the projects that have been certified:

  • A Technological Research Institute (IRT) in Aeronautics, Space and Embedded Systems to create technological platforms in four strategic areas: aero-thermodynamics, innovative structures and materials; technologies for engineering and integration of embedded systems, aerospace and its applications; generation and dynamic management of embedded energy, nano and micro technologies.
  • A Technology Transfer Acceleration Company, SATT Toulouse Tech Transfer intensifies the transfer of technologies to companies. It is organized around application areas related to agronomy, health, green technologies, ICT and transport (including aeronautics).

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