Among the top ten public research bodies in the world working to reach sustainable development goals, and leader in the fields of agriculture, food and the environment, INRAE strives to further knowledge, along with partners, public authorities and fellow citizens, to find solutions to big challenges. How? By steering research, expertise, innovation and support for public policy in new directions.
With a vast team of researchers and no less than 18 centres throughout France, INRAE conducts targeted research that taps into both fundamental and applied science and combines excellence in disciplines with an inter-disciplinary approach. The Institute is built on a research infrastructure and experimental unit network unique in Europe and is firmly committed to open and participatory science.
It is this solid foundation that underpins INRAE’s strategic plan for the next 10 years. The plan consists of five scientific orientations (SO) and three general policy-related orientations (PO):
SO #1: Respond to environmental challenges and manage the associated risks
|PO #1: Place science, innovation and expertise at the heart of our relationship with society to have a greater impact|
|SO #2: Speed up the agroecological and food transitions by taking into account economic and social stakes||
PO #2: Be an engaged player in universities in France and a leader in European and international partnerships
|SO #3: Develop a bioeconomy based on an efficient and circular use of resources||PO #3: Make “Social and Environmental Responsibility” (SER) a top priority|
|SO #4: Promote a global approach to health|
|SO #5: Mobilize data science and digital technologies to support transitions|
Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic that first struck in March 2020, the strategic plan was put together with the contributions of 2,600 voices from within the Institute and more than 100 from outside, including international partners. The health crisis also helped step up the “One Health” approach, promoted for several years now within the Institute. This document is designed to gear research toward the broad avenues of transformations advocated by international experts* to help rise to global challenges:
- Changes in diets
- Reductions in loss and waste
- Development of agroecology
- Sustainable management of water, soil, forests and oceans
- More efficient/economical use of resources: a circular economy
The strategic plan was discussed and approved by INRAE’s Scientific Advisory Board and Management Board, and will now be rolled out in programmes in all scientific divisions and all of the Institute’s partnerships.
The main guidelines of the plan were presented and illustrated during a press conference given by Philippe Mauguin, Chair and CEO of INRAE, and the Institute’s Management Board.
* IPPC, IPBES, HLPE-Committee on World Food Security and EAT-Lancet Commission.