INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) ranks first in Canada in terms of research intensity. It brings together professors, researchers, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in its four research centres in Montreal, Quebec City, Laval, and Varennes. INRS operates with an annual budget of $115 million and receives $65 million in research grants and contracts.
Finding solutions to problems facing our society
Conducting applied and fundamental research essential to the advancement of science in Quebec and around the world, our research teams play a critical role in finding solutions to problems facing our society. For over 40 years, INRS has contributed to science and the training of highly qualified students in sectors of great strategic importance for our society: water, earth, and environment; energy, materials, and telecommunications; human, animal, and environmental health; and urbanization, culture, and society.
Students at the heart of research
Our 150 professors favour a thematic and multidisciplinary approach to training and research in order to advance scientific knowledge. Students are integrated into research teams from the start, which greatly facilitates the acquisition and development of knowledge and skills. Professors are frequently looking for students eager to contribute to the advancement of science through innovative research projects.
A university of human scale
Every year, INRS welcomes close to 600 students (40% master’s and 60% doctorates). Nearly 50% of its students are women. Every year, it welcomes about 100 postdoctoral fellows. As of 2011, INRS awarded more than 2,250 degrees. INRS is open to the world: More than 40% of its students are foreign nationals from forty countries including France, Morocco, Tunisia, Italy, Germany, India, China, Vietnam, and Mexico.
Graduate and postgraduate programs
INRS offers 25 distinct and highly specialized programs (14 master’s and 8 doctorates, short program an DESS) with research or without. It also offers programs with professional profiles.
Local and international partners
INRS works with a number of major partners across Quebec and Canada. INRS is part of a network of international partners. Our four Centres take an active approach to research and work in partnership with the industry and government. INRS professors work with colleagues from over twenty university institutions in European, Asian, American, and African countries.