The IRD relies on its network of representatives abroad to organise its collaborations.
We are able to work together with our partners in France and in developing countries, bridging barriers between different disciplines and between fundamental and applied sciences; this liminal space is where new ideas develop.
Our geographical priorities
The IRD is present in: France; the French overseas departments and territories; international and European organisations in Brussels & Rome; and above all, in intertropical regions and the Mediterranean. Their situation requires a renewed pillar of knowledge to bring together the reduction of development inequalities, global changes, achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and innovation based on research.
The IRD's cooperation methods are flexible and responsive, ranging from support for interdisciplinary research centres put in place by the partner countries to participation in joint scientific projects and programmes.
Thanks to its network of representatives, the IRD can put scientific cooperation with developing countries at the heart of the national and European research and development assistance strategy. The IRD is present both in its immediate management of environmental, health or geostrategic crises and in crisis prevention and preparation measures which require significant interdisciplinary expertise.