List of INRAE's centres

Eighteen research centres engaged in around twenty priority thematic clusters reflect INRAE's involvement ​​at the heart of regional dynamics and carry its commitment to the European Research Area and international relations. The Institute's head office is in Paris and Antony.


Ideally located in one of Europe's major agricultural regions, our teams are committed to meeting the challenges of healthy and sustainable food by supporting the agroecological transition and promoting the development of different agricultural models.


Our centre conducts multidisciplinary research focused on agroecology, food and taste, and development in rural and periurban areas.  Its research is at the heart of society’s major concerns and the challenges of the future.


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.


The Corsica Research Centre plays a major role in its region where it constitutes an asset that is well-regarded and respected by both the public authorities and local actors for its numerous contributions. It has a reputation for producing scientific knowledge of international utility as well as findings that address issues of importance to the region.  Through its many relationships on both shores of the Mediterranean, the Centre has an important and strategic role to play. Its scientific positioning is truly original with respect to the major changes currently under way, such as climate change, market differentiation, sustainable resource management, genetics, health challenges and partnership and participatory research.

French West Indies-French Guiana

With its two sites in Guadeloupe and Guiana, the Centre well represents the agri-environmental issues specific to island and continental conditions in tropical regions. Its teams are organised in multidisciplinary consortia which can respond to the regional challenges of reinforcing food and environmental safety under the innovative concept of science and impact. The vulnerability of tropical agroecosystems means that the Centre offers an excellent laboratory to analyse how the climate is changing in response to current planetary shifts, and most particularly the conversion of conventional to ecologically intensive agriculture. Through its policy of welcoming doctoral students and postdoctoral scientists, the Centre is also closely involved in training in and through research for young people in the Caribbean and intertropical regions.

Grand-Est - Nancy

Our teams carry out research on the adaptation of forest, agricultural and urban ecosystems and soils to global changes, and the sustainable management of these territories. We are contributing to the ecological transition, producing plant and microorganism-based materials and biomolecules.


The teams in the Hauts-de-France centre conduct their work around two main research axes, the multi-performance of field crop systems for a sustainable bioeconomy, and the hygiene of agrifood processes.

Head Office

INRAE, the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, is a major player in research and innovation and the result of the merger between INRA and IRSTEA on January 1, 2020. INRAE ​​brings together a community of 11,500 people, with just over 200 research units and around forty experimental units located in 18 centres across France.

Ile-de-France - Jouy-en-Josas - Antony

In an exceptional academic and scientific environment, the INRAE ​​Île-de-France - Jouy-en-Josas - Antony research centre conducts research on animal biology, microbiology, food sciences, waste management, continental waters and wastewater.

Île-de-France - Versailles-Saclay

The Île-de-France - Versailles-Saclay Research Centre produces knowledge and know-how in the fields of plant biology, agriculture, ecology and food.

Lyon-Grenoble Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Located in a very diverse region rich in assets, not only geographically (relief, climate), but also economic and human, the Lyon-Grenoble Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is the latest INRAE centre to be created. In the Lyon and Grenoble metropolitan areas, and the Haute-Savoie department, INRAE units contribute to research activities at the Lyon-Saint-Etienne, Grenoble-Alpes, and Savoie Mont Blanc university sites.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux

In the heart of a large agricultural and forestry region, the INRAE ​​Nouvelle-Aquitaine Bordeaux centre conducts innovative and targeted research in the fields of plant sciences, ecology and environment, human and social sciences, neurosciences and nutrition.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine Poitiers

Located in a region rich in crops and livestock, the INRAE ​​Nouvelle-Aquitaine Poitiers centre is recognized for its expertise in grasslands, animal production and regional strategies, serving efficient and sustainable agriculture.

Technicians, engineers and researchers work in 10 units located in the Poitou and Charentes regions of New Aquitaine. Their activities are fully in line with the region's priorities: the crop-livestock balance, climate change, the preservation of water resources and biodiversity, as well as the competitiveness of the agricultural and agrifood sectors.


INRAE's Occitanie-Montpellier Centre plays a major role in the region's inter-institutional agricultural research cluster and builds its identity around its research in agriculture, food and the environment. Internationally oriented with a majority of publications co-signed with at least one other country, it is characterized by its openness to southern countries and its Mediterranean specificity.


With nearly 1,200 INRAE ​​researchers, engineers and technicians, the Occitanie-Toulouse centre represents more than 11% of the Institute's scientific publications.  Open to innovation with local players, the centre conducts research in biology, biotechnology and agronomy, in plant and animal sciences and health management, and in economic, social and information sciences.

Pays de la Loire

At the heart of an agricultural, horticultural and agrifood basin of prime importance in Europe, the INRAE ​​Pays de la Loire centre has built its identity around the sustainable management of the health of agricultural production (plants and animals), processing sustainable use of agro-bioresources (food and materials) and the health and nutritional quality of food. These themes respond to human health issues.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Located in thirteen sites in the heart of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, the INRAE ​​Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur centre focuses its research on issues specific to the Mediterranean region: agroecology and adaptation of agriculture and forests to climate change, water resources, natural risks, human nutrition.

Val de Loire

With its research in integrative biology and sustainable management, its experimental capacities and nearly 800 staff members, including 632 permanent staff, the INRAE ​​Val de Loire centre conducts research around four axes: “Soil dynamics and environmental management” , "Integrative biology of trees and associated biodiversity for the sustainable management of forest ecosystems", "Integrative animal biology, sustainability of farming systems", "Infectiology and One Health". These areas of research are spread over four sites: Orléans, Tours, Nogent-sur-Vernisson and Bourges.