Who we are

French National Institute for Agricultural Research

INRA is Europe’s top agricultural research institute and the world’s number two centre for the agricultural sciences. Its scientists are working towards solutions for society’s major challenges.   


<p>Chercheurs dans un champ de céréales.</p>. © © INRA, Sophie Formisano
Chercheurs dans un champ de céréales. © © INRA, Sophie Formisano


Our job:

to explore, understand, experiment and think ahead


Our goal:

to give people freedom of choice and the ability to innovate


Our specialties:

Food, nutrition, agriculture and the environment


Our focal issues:

Competitiveness, regional land use, health, sustainable development and bioeconomy

  • INRA is recruiting 49 experienced researchers in 2015

    Being an INRA researcher means participating in high-quality research that serves the interests of society. It also means advancing our state of knowledge and contributing to the development of innovative solutions that will allow us to produce food sustainably, preserve the environment, and improve the quality of the foods we eat. INRA uses open competitions to recruit experienced researchers who are proficient at designing and conducting research projects. Applications are open from 2 July to 3rd September 2015.

  • 2015 International Agricultural Show: building synergy

    The 2015 International Agricultural Show provided the perfect opportunity for INRA to create a space for science and society to meet on several levels: a dedicated INRA stand to meet and greet the public, the launch of several projects with partners, and exchange via online and social media networks.

  • Inauguration of the Indo-French Workshop on Scientific Cooperation for Agricultural Research, 9th March 2015, New Delhi

    The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), supported by the Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA), inaugurated their first workshop on collaborative scientific cooperation in the field of agricultural research at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, New Delhi on 9th March 2015.

23 Jun 2015
Agneaux en ferme expérimentale. © INRA, Bertrand Nicolas

INRA reports to the legal authorities that it sold an animal bred in the context of a research programme

A ewe lamb born to a genetically-modified mother in the context of a medical research programme was sold to a private individual in the Paris region in October 2014.

28 May 2015
Agreenskills. © inra, W. Beaucardet

AgreenSkills and AgreenSkills+ mobility programmes: encouraging international careers

The AgreenSkills programmes promote the international mobility of young and experienced researchers through incoming and outgoing fellowships.

19 Jun 2014
How French agriculture can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions © PERROT Patricia

How French agriculture can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions

The agricultural industry produces nearly one-fifth of France’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). But it also has a strong potential for carbon sequestration. ADEME and the French Ministries for Agriculture and the Environment asked INRA to carry out a study on French agriculture to develop and analyse various measures on farming practices that could boost carbon sequestration and minimise GHGs.