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Centre de recherche de Jouy-en-Josas, bâtiment 211. © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand

About us

INRA in Île-de-France

In the heart of the Île-de-France region, the Jouy-en-Josas and Versailles-Grignon Research Centres group 2900 research staff working in 57 research, service, experimental or research support units

Updated on 09/11/2015
Published on 11/04/2013

25% of INRA resources in Ile-de-France region

INRA focuses 25% of its resources on meeting three major challenges:

  • understanding and predicting how life systems for animals, plants, and microorganisms operate at different scales, and in different and changing environments;
  • agroecology and sustainable agriculture and livestock production within the region and in the light of climate change;
  • food, from the development of a food product to its organoleptic properties and the effects of its consumption on health and nutrition.

More than 2,000 people address these challenges at the Jouy-en-Josas and Versailles-Grignon research centres, and are
supported by a regional team to facilitate ties with institutional partners.

Regional vision

Three quarters of Île-de-France is used for agriculture and forestry activities. INRA therefore works with the government of Île-de-France and the national government, through the regional agency for food, agriculture, and forests (DRIAAF), to support the implementation of their strategic priorities.
Research teams from the Jouy-en-Josas Centre work actively in a number of these strategic priorities, including quality food for all, local integration and supply chains, reducing antibiotic use, agroecology and climate change, and support to livestock and agrifood industries. With the support of the Île-de-France regional government and the local governments of Val d’Orge and Val d’Essonne, the Centre established Physiopôle, a state-of-the-art livestock research facility.

Large-scale collaborations from local to international level

The important nature of these challenges supports INRA’s involvement in building large-scale collaborations from local to international level, with a strong focus on developing the European Research Area. INRA contributes as:

  • Founding member of the Paris-Saclay University: the aim is to expand the role of predictive biology and biotechnology through interaction with a wide range of partners, while strengthening knowledge and innovation systems for agriculture, food, and the environment through a special partnership with AgroParisTech.
  • Leads the Île-de-France region on several key thematic issues, including its involvement in the “Agriscience, Regional Ecology, and Food” major research domain (DIM) programme, and the Île-de-France programme for regional development. INRA also provides assistance to Île-de-France on a number of portfolios such as organic agriculture, greening the economy, the agrifood and livestock industries, and the Ministry of Agriculture’s rural development plan.
  • Key stakeholder in the European Research Area. INRA in Île-de-France is involved in 53 projects, 25% of which it leads. It also works in a number of fields overseen by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), such as climate change and food-health interactions.
Logo de l'Université Paris-Saclay sur support carré. © Université Paris-Saclay

INRA founding member of Comue Paris-Saclay University

In light of the number of staff implicated (26.5% of INRA researchers), the weight of agricultural research  (INRA and ParisAgroTech account for close to 10% of research potential) and the strategic programmes that take place within it, INRA has decided to participate in the Paris-Saclay University and Institution Committees (Comue) as a founding member.

The creation of Comue is the result of a longstanding collaboration between higher education professionals and researchers at the Paris-Saclay site. In line with international standards and on the basis of an ambitious project with a shared vision of excellence, the following list of goals provided a framework for the establishment of the Paris-Saclay Comue :

  • Create a research and innovation university bringing together universities, colleges and research bodies
  • Develop world-class integrated research
  • Develop the offering of research-based training
  • Respond to key societal challenges
  • Create diverse and pooled curricula
  • Bring together the academic and professional worlds
  • Build a comfortable, accessible and integrated campus
  • Forge ties between Paris-Saclay University and other universities in Île-de-France.

For INRA, the goal is to boost knowledge and innovation in order to rise to challenges related to agriculture, food and the environment. Simultaneously, the Institute seeks to strengthen predictive biology-based approaches and biotechnology by working with a broad range of partners. In 2013, a project proposal was put forward, in line with the ESR Law of July 2013 relative to Higher Education and Research, which calls for the coordination of site policy while allowing establishments to keep their own resources and staff, and maintain the leading role in the majority of operations.

In 2014, the competent bodies of 19 establishments, universities and schools including INRA who expressed interest in becoming a founding member, adopted a draft constitution for the Paris-Saclay Comue and created a public establishment for cultural, scientific and professional interests (EPCSCP).

Decree n°2014-1674, establishing the Comue and approving its status, was signed into law on 29 December 2014, and published in the French Journal Officiel on 31 December.