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INRS, a Unique Academic Institution

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is dedicated exclusively to graduate level research and training. Since its creation in 1969, the institute has built its success on interdisciplinarity, innovation, and excellence.


Fostering an interdisciplinary approach

INRS is made up of four thematic and interdisciplinary research and training centres in Quebec City, Montreal, Laval, and Varennes: Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie; Eau Terre Environnement; Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications; and Urbanisation Culture Société.


Serving Quebec society

Founded in 1969 by the Quebec government to help develop Quebec society through research and graduate training, INRS serves society through its discoveries and training of highly skilled researchers capable of scientific, social, and technological innovation. Learn about the events that have marked our history (in French only).


Training through research

Nearly 150 professors include master’s and PhD students on their teams to help conduct basic and applied research in areas of strategic importance for society.  Check out available master’s and PhD programs (in French only).

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Excellence in research

INRS has been ranked number one for research intensity for nearly a decade thanks to the expertise of its professors and the excellence of its students. And it continues to innovate, with collaborative research projects and over 1,500 publications with international partners.


Seeing to the well-being of its community

INRS strives to provide its community with a stimulating, creative, and open work and study environment. Being part of INRS means opting for diversity, equity, inclusion, and collegiality. Learn about the job opportunities and services offered to the student community, staff, and faculty at INRS.

Pushing the limits

Contributing, coming together, and communicating are the three principal themes of INRS’s 2019‒2024 Strategic Plan. Learn how we plan to meet our development objectives.

Supporting INRS

There are many reasons and ways to give. Want to encourage basic and applied research and the training of highly skilled researchers?

Getting involved

The university community offers a wide range of careers and numerous benefits. INRS is proud of its dedicated community and is constantly on the look out for teaching, research, and administrative staff.