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The impacts of INRAE’s research on society

REPORT - INRAE’s research often has a direct impact on our daily lives. This impact is not only significant in economic terms, but from an environmental, policy and public health standpoint as well. Using the methodology developed through the ASIRPA project, the Institute can now measure these impacts.

Published on 20 July 2015

illustration The impacts of INRAE’s research on society
© INRAE, V. GAVALDA

INRA is a public targeted research organisation. As such, it not only leads research projects but also contributes to applying research in areas such as agriculture, the environment or nutrition. These efforts have a real impact on society. The economic impacts, while important, are only one facet, as INRA’s research also affects numerous other fields. For instance, with regards to the environment, decision support tools for determining nitrogen fertilizer dosage (see inset on next page) are just one example among many practical applications. The area of public health is also frequently and significantly affected. In the 2000s, INRA teams undertook research that demonstrated the danger of Bisphenol A (BPA), which led public policymakers to create legislation banning their use in food packaging. This is an example where research has informed policies.

Comprehend, understand and evaluate

In short, INRA’s research has beneficial implications for society as a whole. But the question remains on how to precisely measure its impacts. While it is relatively easy to quantify the economic impact of research, it is much more challenging to assess its other dimensions. With a view to doing just that, in January 2011 INRA launched the ASIRPA project, which aims to evaluate the impact of public agricultural research. The goal is threefold: better comprehend the mechanisms that create an impact, understand budgetary allocations to research, and evaluate the impact of research on beneficiaries.

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