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AB - 2/09/2016

Inria and INRA renew their agreement

Over the last eleven years, Inria and INRA have continuously renewed their partnership: the fourth framework agreement, signed in June 2016, confirms the collaboration between the two institutions through joint research teams and scientific projects.

A multidisciplinary collaboration

The two institutions' complementary approaches and areas of expertise allow them to overcome scientific barriers. Antoine Petit, Chairman and CEO of Inria, explains, “Today, the collaboration with INRA allows plenty of scope for the confrontation of our scientific know-how to ensure that interdisciplinary barriers are lifted. […] For example, while the Pl@ntNet project is indeed based on proven image recognition techniques, it is its ultimate outcome – the recognition of plants – that paved the way to the fine-tuning of algorithms making them even more effective. "

Three joint project-teams from INRA, Inria and other institutions are under way:

  • BIOCORE (BIOlogical COntrol of aRtificial Ecosystems) is led since 2011 by Jean-Luc Gouzé, Inria Research Director at the Sophia-Antipolis centre. The team is made up of researchers from Inria, INRA, CNRS and the UPMC (Paris VI).
  • VIRTUAL PLANTS is led since 2007 by Christophe Godin, Research Director at the Sophia-Antipolis centre. Specialising in the modelling of plant morphogenesis at different levels from genes to phenotypes, the team is the product of a collaboration between Inria, INRA and CIRAD. 
  • GRAPHIK has been led since 2010 by Marie-Laure Mugnier: the joint Inria, INRA, CNRS, LIRMM and University of Montpellier team is working on the representation of graphic based knowledge and reasoning.

A fourth joint project-team, PLEÏADE, which specializes in biodiversity, is due to be set up soon under the leadership of David Sherman and Alain Franc, Research Directors at Inria Bordeaux.

Besides the project-team structure, a number of other types of collaboration between Inria centres and INRA are flourishing, including the Mycenae team and INRA Tours and the Orpailleur team and INRA Nancy.

Basically, we are one of the few who walk the talk of multidisciplinarity. I am convinced that one of the strengths of our collaboration with INRA lies in our project-team structure.

                                                                                                           Antoine Petit, CEO of Inria

A partnership based on strong common approaches

In parallel with their scientific collaboration, INRA and Inria are partners in seven projects funded by the Investment in the Future Programme, and are members of some ten scientific interest groups. The two institutions also participate jointly in several international scientific programmes in the fields of mathematics and computer science.

Inria also recently lent its support to INRA for research management, in particular in respect of the policy on software intellectual property. The new agreement thus provides for a broadening of the partnership to support science through open access, value development and transfer, ethics, and collaboration of information systems departments to support research. The two institutions are committed to strengthening:

- the reappropriation of scientific publication processes by the scientific community:  Inria and INRA will in particular leverage the services available through the HAL platform such as Episciences or SCiencesconf to continuously develop cutting-edge expertise.

-transfer and value development of research: the two institutions will work jointly on the management of digital property and transfer as part of the sharing of expertise and training for teams.

Keywords: INRA Pl@ntNet Hal-Inria Biocore