Website : www.en.ird.fr
Institute Research for Development (IRD) is a French public research establishment operating under the joint authority of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs. It takes an original approach to research, expertise, training and knowledge-sharing for the benefit of countries and regions, making science and innovation key drivers in their development.
IRD’s operations cover a range of activities : partnership research, scientific co-publications with researchers from the intertropical and Mediterranean zone and support for research teams from these countries, provision of expertise and advice, participation in the International Development Agenda, and so on. In all its actions, the Institute ensures that its interdisciplinary, intersectional and multi-partner strategy is complemented by excellence in disciplinary science.
IRD’s principal mission is to generate science centered on the intertropical and Mediterranean zone and founded on equitable scientific partnership with the higher education and research communities (ESR) of the countries and regions concerned.
This mission has a dual purpose:
- Contributing to advances in scientific knowledge in matters of sustainable development
- Helping to give development policies a better grounding in science.
IRD network and presence in fifty or so countries, results in an original approach to research, expertise, training and knowledge-sharing, to the benefit of inter-tropical countries and regions that make science and innovation key drivers in their development.
A community of over 7,000 people including 2019 IRD agents (820 IRD researchers and 1,228 IRD engineers and technicians) 35% of agents working outside mainland France.