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Generating innovation

17 fields of innovation 

Découvrir nos 17 domaines d'innovation. © INRA
Découvrir nos 17 domaines d'innovation © INRA


4 foundations for formal business partnerships

Food and nutrition

Présentation de Qualiment. © INRA
Présentation de Qualiment © INRA

Animal health

France Futur Elevage. © INRA
France Futur Elevage © INRA


Présentation de 3BCar. © INRA
Présentation de 3BCar © INRA

Plant production

Plant2Pro. © INRA
Plant2Pro © INRA


3 vehicles for innovation transfer

Our expertise

Vers le site web Inra transfert. © INRA
Vers le site web Inra transfert © INRA

INRA-developed plant varieties

Vers le site web d'Agri-Obtentions. © INRA
Vers le site web d'Agri-Obtentions © INRA

A publishing house

  Vers le site web de la maison d'édition Quae. © INRA
Vers le site web de la maison d'édition Quae © INRA


intellectual property, ethics committee opinion, ethics charter

1 intellectual property charter

Lire notre charte de la propriété intellectuelle. © INRA
Lire notre charte de la propriété intellectuelle © INRA

Ethics committee opinion on partnership (French only)

Lire l'avis du Comité d'éthique sur le contexte multipartenarial des recherches. © INRA
Lire l'avis du Comité d'éthique sur le contexte multipartenarial des recherches © INRA

1 Professional Ethics Charter

Lire notre charte de déontologie. © INRA
Lire notre charte de déontologie © INRA



of innovation and partnerships with the private sector and the agricultural sector

Disseminating INRA innovations and expertise for the benefit of society.

Updated on 08/20/2019
Published on 04/01/2012

INRA research is fuelled by two aims: to expand current knowledge and to address major societal issues. This knowledge has tangible benefits for the development of agricultural, industrial and service-based companies.

Innovation at INRA is divided into four areas and 12 major actions:
1. Supporting the 17 fields of innovation

  • Create and develop the fields of innovation to help structure dialogue with socioeconomic stakeholders and promote the research offer
  • Communicate on and for the fields of innovation that are key to the Institute’s communication on partnership and innovation activities

2. Forging partnerships for collaborative innovation

  • Develop partnerships and projects that seek innovation at different levels that can have a catalysing effect
  • Amplify the positive dynamic of the four Carnot Institutes run by INRA
  • Support partnership initiatives for collaboration
  • Structure INRA’s involvement in collaborative innovation projects with a wide variety of societal stakeholders

3. Putting innovation to use

  • Expand the opportunities for innovation transfer and application by encouraging scientists to publish all innovative, exploitable results and by increasing the dissemination of technology and expertise offers
  • Promoting and assisting the creation and development of start-ups: 108 start-ups in 17 years, 41 companies have been created and are still operating

4. Fostering a culture of innovation and impact

  • Ensure ethical standards and professional conduct are followed
  • Provide training on approaches and tools for innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Disseminate a culture of impact by exploiting the results of ASPIRA case studies
  • Recognise the involvement of scientific and technical teams as well as research support staff through special criteria

The four INRA-run Carnot Institutes aim to foster and facilitate public-private collaborations. They are associated with competitive clusters and receive support from the French National Research Agency and the General Commissariat for Investment. They may also ultimately play key roles in the knowledge and innovation communities (KICs) being put into place in Europe and in which INRA is a major player.

INRA has developed a number of research initiatives to pool resources: 28 joint technology units, six shared laboratories, and two industrial biotechnology catalysts (coordinated by INRA and chosen to receive Investments for the Future funding): Toulouse White Biotechnologies, in the field of biotechnologies, and MetaGenoPolis, to demonstrate the impact of the gut microbiota on human health and well-being.

Since the publication of its intellectual property charter in 2003, INRA has been committed to managing the public dissemination of the benefits arising from its research. It has established two private companies over which it retains complete control that it uses to transfer innovations of industrial and commercial significance:

  • INRA Transfert helps share the many different forms of INRA expertise
  • Agri-Obtentions markets innovative INRA-developed plant varieties

INRA joined with CIRAD, IFREMER, and IRSTEA to found Quae, a scientific publishing house. The publisher seeks to foster exchanges among scientists, encourage public debate, promote the transfer of knowledge and expertise, and inform policy decisions.