INRA cooperates with higher education establishments to host and train future researchers.
Since 1998, the Institute has multiplied its partnerships with higher education establishments, and particularly universities. Such partnerships in the context of Joint Research Units have encouraged the participation of INRA researchers and engineers in teaching and increased the Institute's capacity for training doctoral students. The closer involvement of INRA in doctoral schools is a high priority. The aim is to train students in agricultural disciplines in their broadest sense, and prepare them for research work in the areas of food and nutrition, sustainable farming and the environment. INRA supports these training policies through allocating grants.
Since 2003, INRA teams and researchers have also been involved in the gradual introduction in France of the European standard higher education system (Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate), and particularly in the development of specialist training for new research-oriented Master's degrees.