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Greater openness towards higher education and regional partnerships

The past decade has seen the development of a structural trend regarding the organisation of higher education and research (notably in universities), intended to reinforce their roles and national and international visibility. INRA will participate actively in these efforts in its particular scientific areas. 

INRA will further optimise the links and mutual enhancement of national and regional activities with respect to the programming and conduct of research, training and higher education, as well as research infrastructures. 

Actions proposed

  • Alignment of strategic programming. This must be achieved at different geographical levels: Global – Europe – Country – Region, which obliges all stakeholders in this chain to consult each other and then focus on common objectives. International and national1 alliances provide foundations for the coordination of research, in the same way as Agreenium for the research-higher education continuum. Application in different regions of the European research and innovation strategy (S3), the national research strategy and INRA's orientations must focus on the priorities of our principal partners in local government, higher education and research, while at the same time benefiting from them. 
  • Reinforcement of joint research projects. INRA must take advantage of academic and industrial openness and rationalise its regional partnerships so as to improve the quality, legibility and visibility of what it can offer in academic and socioeconomic terms, and facilitate the work of those concerned (proximity, knowledge of the local context, etc.). This will be achieved through Joint Research Units or institutional alliances, by participating in regional research-training-innovation policies as a stakeholder in site dynamics (notably IDEX and ISITE) or as an active partner in university groupings.
  • Stronger and more visible participation in higher education. A policy on participation in training for Master's and PhD courses will be laid down and implemented. The development and leadership of European programmes for the training and mobility of young research scientists will be intensified, notably in the context of the 2020 Erasmus+ and People programmes. In addition, by producing digital content and resources, the Institute will contribute to deployment of the Agreenium virtual university.
  • Openness of infrastructures. Some of our collective scientific and research infrastructures, 40% of which are already shared with partners in France, will offer access at a European level and, as far as is possible, internationally (see « A European and international strategy for INRA »).

1. AllEnvi (Alliance Nationale de Recherche pour l'Environnement; National Research Alliance for the Environment), Aviesan (Alliance pour les sciences de la vie et de la santé; National Alliance for Health and Life Sciences), ANCRE (Alliance Nationale de Coordination de la Recherche pour l’Energie; National Alliance for the Coordination of Energy Research), Athena (Alliance Thématique Nationale des Sciences Humaines et Sociales; National Research Alliance for the Human and Social Sciences)

Keywords: OPENINRA-1