Paris Descartes University is a key contributor to French public research, especially in the field of health science.

Research at PDU revolves around various scientific issues. It is conducted by more than 4,000 persons affiliated to 85 laboratories, which more particularly interact within federative (Federative Institutes of Research) or multidisciplinary structures (Paris Descartes University Institutes, top thematic focuses). Strategic tools (platforms) are made available to researchers. Research strategy policies are determined by the Scientific Board and implemented by the relevant administrative departments.