At the heart of the fertile land of Limagne and the pastures of the Massif Central, the Clermont-Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Centre is one of the institute's historic sites, with cutting-edge research in key sectors of agriculture, environment and food: preventive human nutrition, cereals, product quality, territories, livestock farming, robotics applied to agriculture, tree functioning, etc. Its 800 staff members conduct research close to the concerns and dynamics of the region.

INRAE has 2 research centres in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, with close to 1,400 staff members: the Clermont-Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Centre and the Lyon-Grenoble Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Centre.

The Clermont-Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Centre brings together the units located in the Auvergne region, from Bourbonnais to Aurillac via Clermont-Ferrand, with 13 research units and 8 structuring experimental facilities, will close to 800 staff..

Producing scientific knowledge and promoting it in different forms (innovation, expertise, foresight, etc.) constitute 2 complementary missions of INRAE ​​and require developing diverse and varied partnerships. The Clermont-Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Centre is particularly involved in this area, with a proactive policy of collaboration with its academic, socio-economic and institutional partners, at regional, national and international levels.

Some significant figures: 25 European contracts and 30 ANR contracts in progress, 55 patents and 38 licenses in progress, around 10 million euros in contractual resources and 440 new project deposits in 2018. The skills of the Centre's teams are also mobilized to conduct or participate in collective scientific expert or foresight studies, either within the framework of national or European agencies, or within the framework of specific actions.

At the level of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, within the framework of the national scientific policy of the new Institute, and in order to ensure regional coherence, the 2 regional centres have a joint scientific strategic plan.  This roadmap is organized into 6 priority themes:

  1. the agroecology of grassland farming systems, the quality of the products derived from it and animal health;
  2. integrative biology of model and cultivated plants and adaptation to their environment;
  3. water, watersheds, aquatic ecology and associated environmental technologies;
  4. territories and socio-ecosystems, their qualifications, their trajectories and their support;
  5. natural, health and environmental risks;
  6. human nutrition, food complexity and health.