Science to the service
Of sustainable food
The Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) is the largest consortium of researchers in Canada dedicated to research and innovation in the field of food and health. With nearly 775 scientists working collaboratively, the institute aims to address complex issues related to sustainable food supply, benefiting the bio-food sector, the population, and the planet.
Established at Université Laval in the early 2000s, INAF is a multi-faculty institute with experts primarily from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, as well as the faculties of medicine and pharmacy. Supported and funded by Université Laval and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et Technologies (FRQNT), INAF serves as a strategic hub for food research in Quebec. Its 131 researchers represent the three major sectors of Quebec research (nature and technology, health sciences, society, and culture) and come from 15 universities and affiliated research organizations.
Each year, approximately 500 graduate students benefit from mentorship in this exceptional environment, and more than 200 private and community partners collaborate with INAF scientists on research and development projects.Affiliated institutions
Contributing to a sustainable food supply through:
- cutting-edge RESEARCH
- cultivating highly qualified personnel through TRAINING
- facilitating the TRANSFER of knowledge and technologies
- fostering INNOVATION in the industry and professional practices.
Becoming a true catalyst for change in the food industry, thanks to dedicated scientists employing interdisciplinary, participatory, and cutting-edge research approaches aligned with the needs of the community.
Excellence, Ethics and Transparency, Rigor, Collaboration and Sharing, Creativity, Commitment, Social Utility
A POWERFUL NETWORK
INAF members primarily come from Université Laval and fourteen other prominent Quebec universities and research organizations.
We take pride in serving as a strategic alliance in the field of food for Quebec and having experts from the following esteemed affiliated institutions among its members.
At the heart of INAF’s network lies Université Laval. The majority of INAF researchers are affiliated with this university, and the Institute’s headquarters and administrative offices are situated in the Pavillon des services on Hochelaga Boulevard in Quebec City.
INAF is at the helm of a strategic food group supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Nature et technologies.