The three cross-disciplinary research axes are designed to enable interdisciplinary research within MRM, by bringing together teacher-researchers from different MRM disciplinary groups in projects. They are also intended to enable interdisciplinary research between MRM's teacher-researchers and colleagues from other disciplines at the University of Montpellier who are conducting research on the three themes of "care, protect and feed".

MRM's three axes are linked to the structuring of research on the University of Montpellier site around three key themes: "caring, protecting and nourishing". They correspond to the managerial issues associated with these three themes: