Find a partnership

Setting up and managing projects have constituted the primary activity of INRAE Transfert since 2011. The goal of INRAE Transfert is to give INRAE researchers access to specialists in project set-up and management who have consolidated their expertise in many fields over the company's 10 years of existence.

The services that INRAE Transfert offers researchers in building a project as part of a call for projects can be divided into three major stages:

  • Assistance with setting up proposals, which covers the following aspects: Open or Close
    • Advising the coordinator and partners on positioning (definition of goals and objectives, alignment with the call for projects, competition etc.) and the structure of the project (division of the project into work packages, pillars, tasks etc.), building the partnership (skills, typology, geographical representation, distribution of responsibilities) and structuring the budget (allocation to work packages, partners, expenditure items etc.);
    • Relieving the project sponsor of administrative and logistical duties;
    • Writing the 'para-scientific' portions of the proposal;
    • Collecting and consolidating the scientific, financial and administrative contributions from partners.
  • Negotiation support, which includes: Open or Close
    • Negotiating the contract; in particular, drafting the description of work which must incorporate requests for changes to the service as set forth in the proposal submitted;
    • Preparing administrative forms and the budget;
    • Assisting with, advising and monitoring the negotiation of the consortium agreement.



  • Project management, which includes the following tasks: Open or Close
    • Advising on the strategic orientation of the project;
    • Defining and implementing control tools and procedures;
    • Organising, monitoring and coordinating meetings of the consortium;
    • Establishing and analysing interim and annual reports;
    • Controlling spending;
    • Providing daily assistance to partners.


To deliver meaningful support to researchers working on unique projects, INRAE Transfert has built a team of nearly 30 specialists with expertise in setting up and managing three major types of project:

  • Searching for a European partnership Open or Close

    The Europe Department at INRA Transfert sees itself as a 'sherpa' to researchers as they set up and manage European projects, for which it has developed special services adapted to the international dimension of the projects.

    To access these INRA Transfert services, please direct your enquiry to:


      Learn more about Successes in European Projects

  • Set up a Sustainable Agriculture project Open or Close

    In this domain, INRA Transfert proposes the following services:

    • Identify a private partner to validate or leverage technical results in sustainable agriculture;
    • Receive support at the various stages of setting up transverse projects with various stakeholders in agricultural development (ANR, Casdar, FUI etc.);
    • Obtain information about events and publications organised by INRA's 'SIG Sector' (Scientific Interest Group Sector), see the latest results of SIG projects, and/or be introduced to the scientific coordinators of these consortia.

    To access these INRA Transfert services, please direct your enquiry to:

    • For arable crops with high economic and environmental performance (GC HP2E SIG):
    • For animal production systems with high economic, environmental and ethical performance (Elevages Demain (Animal Rearing of the Future) SIG):

    What is an SIG Sector?

    In a context characterised by rapid technological changes, economic uncertainty and consumer expectations, there are an ever increasing number and diversity of requirements that must be meet to ensure the sustainability of agricultural production systems. For professionals in these sectors, the challenge is to tackle these various requirements by working toward a convergence of improvements in economic, environmental and social performance.

    This vision prompted INRA to create its SIG Sectors (Scientific Interest Group Sectors), whose purpose is to contribute to an innovation-oriented 'sustainable development' model by generating scientific and operational knowledge. These research and development consortia can involve research institutes, institutions of higher education, technical institutes, upstream and downstream professional partners and stakeholders from the public arena.

    The SIGs allow the various partners to participate in the early stages of R&D programmes to identify new topics of interest while incorporating all relevant technical, social and economic approaches. The objective is to achieve scientifically proven innovations that are operational in the field and integrated into more sustainable production systems.


    Learn more about Successes in Sustainable Agriculture

  • Set up an Investments in the Future project Open or Close

    As part of this major lending programme, INRA Transfert was selected to set up and manage the 'Investissements d'Avenir' (Investments in the Future) projects coordinated by INRA. With 10 specialists in complex projects and Investments in the Future projects, INRA Transfert carries out the following specific tasks:

    • Assist the coordinating centres with managing the many partners involved in each project;
    • Serve as a link between the partners of each project and the ANR and CGI (General Commission for Investment);
    • Protect and promote the interests of the Investments in the Future projects to stimulate their ripple effect on growth.

    To learn more about the services provided by INRA Transfert, please direct your enquiry to:

    What is the Investments in the Future programme?

    Launched in 2010, the 'Investissements d'Avenir' (Investments in the Future) programme represents €35 billion to be injected into higher education, vocational training, research, industry, SMEs, sustainable development, and in any other sectors of the future such as digital technology, biotechnology and nuclear science.

    This funding programme, which is implemented through a system of calls for projects, aims to cultivate fertile ground for innovation to drive economic recovery and restore strong, sustainable growth with a significant ripple effect. The stated goal of the programme is to encourage research and innovation and to transform France into a knowledge society.


    Leanr more about Successes in Investments in the Future

  • Find a partnership with a laboratory Open or Close

    Our goal is to give INRA technologies and know-how the best chances of reaching their market. This is why we attach great importance to technology transfer and to the formation of balanced, fruitful partnerships between INRA laboratories and businesses.

    In 2016, INRA Transfert is involved in the operations of four Carnot institutes coordinated by INRA:

    • 3BCar (bioenergy, biomolecules and biomaterials for renewable carbon)
    • France Futur Elevage (formerly known as ICSA, the Carnot Animal Health Institute)
    • Qualiment (the nutritional and organoleptic quality of food)
    • Plant2Pro (innovations to advance the sustainable competitiveness of crop production) 

    Each of these institutes consists of a network of laboratories known for their strong commitment to research partnerships with businesses in their sector of activity.

    INRA Transfert assists in promoting the laboratories' array of expertise to businesses. At the request of companies, INRA Transfert introduces them to laboratories and research teams in line with their needs. We then support the scientific teams of both parties in pursuing their joint research projects. We negotiate intellectual property rights and the terms under which the results can be used in consideration of the contributions, needs and strategies of the two parties

    To learn more about the services provided by INRA Transfert, please direct your enquiry to:

    What is the Carnot label?

    The Carnot label was created in 2006 to promote research partnerships, i.e. research work carried out jointly by public laboratories in partnership with socio-economic actors, mainly companies (from SMEs to large groups), in response to their needs.

    Research partnerships are an important economic driver because they promote innovation in business, which is a determining factor for growth.

    The Carnot label is awarded for a renewable period of five years to public research structures, known as the Carnot institutes, which conduct upstream research activities, to help them hone their scientific and technological skills while simultaneously implementing a proactive research partnership policy to benefit the socio-economic sphere.

    A shared commitment:

    • Develop research partnerships for businesses
    • Promote innovation
    • Develop technology transfers

    A proven commitment:

    • 15% of public research in France (27,000 FTEs, including PhD students)
    • Half of the contracts funded by companies for French public research
    • Over €1.2 million per day in contracts with companies
    • 17% annual increase in turnover with businesses, with a special focus on SMEs
    • €50 million intellectual property revenue per year

    A collective commitment:

    • Common objectives
    • Shared practices
    • Dedication to continuous improvements in professionalism
    • Well established with stakeholders and regions, at the heart of national research priorities

  • Le label AgriO French Tech Seed pour les entreprises de l’agri-agro Open or Close


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