French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development - IRD.

44, boulevard de Dunkerque CS 90009 F-13572 Marseille

A science committed to a sustainable future


Scientific progress is necessary to further sustainable and human development: the IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development) carries this conviction with it wherever it is present, and wherever it works with its partners. The IRD is a key French player on the international development agenda.It works based on an original model: equitable scientific partnership with developing countries, primarily those in the intertropical regions and the Mediterranean area.The IRD believes that only this model allows us to design solutions which are adapted to the challenges that humans and the planet are facing: pandemics, climate change, humanitarian and political crises, etc. Because development challenges are challenges for the whole planet.

The pillars of our action for development


  •     An equitable scientific partnershipand co-publications with partnersin developing countries
  •     Solutions which are adapted to globalchallenges and based on scientific evidence
  •     Public policies informed by scientific advances
  •     Citizens driving changeResponsible innovations
  •     Specific expertise and know-how

A key stakeholder in research for development


The French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), an internationally recognised multidisciplinary organisation working primarily in partnership with Mediterranean and inter-tropical countries, is a French public establishment under the joint authority of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign A€airs and International Development.

Via its network and presence in fifty or so countries, it takes an original approach to research, expertise, training and knowledge-sharing, to the benefit of countries and regions that make science and innovation key drivers in their development.

  •     A rich 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
  •     65 joint research units under IRD co-supervision
  •     Almost 1300 publications in the Web of science


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