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In Northern France we live and breathe innovation. Our researchers are dedicated to developing the technologies and projects of the future. 

  • Nearly 10,000 people work in R&D
  • €783 million spent on in-house R&D
  • Major research institutions include:
    CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), France’s national center for scientific research;
    INRA (Institut National de Recherche Agronomique), the national institute for agronomic research;
    IFREMER (Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer), conducting research into sea resources;
    Institut Pasteur de Lille, a foundation for research and public health
  • 4,600 researchers and faculty
  • Over 300 public and para-public labs, including CNRS, BRGM and INRETS
  • Over 60 sector-specific technical centers, including ADRIANOR, CREPIM, CRITT M2A, C3 and IEMN
  • 85 private-sector laboratories specializing in industrial research
  • 34 institutions of higher education