International collaborations


Without borders

INAF researchers have acquired over the years one of the most enviable reputation at the international level. The achievement of such recognition relies, among other things, on carrying out innovative research work highly cited by the scientific community as well as on numerous successful collaborations that transcend borders.

Thanks to its extensive networks of expertise, its high-tech infrastructure and its openness to the world, the INAF embodies an exceptional research and training environment where researchers, students and partners get all the benefits of collaborative and cross-sectoral research, which is essential to resolve key issues related to the sustainable food supply.

Agreements and projects

The INAF stands out for the quality of its international network made up of academic and business partners, notably through associated laboratories from around the world and joint units in high-priority and strategic areas of healthy eating.

These collaborations make the Institute a leader on the international stage in several key areas such as food safety, natural antimicrobials, eco-design of food processes, and impact of nutrition on brain health, microbiota and metabolic health.

International partnerships

Collaborating with INAF

The INAF is from Université Laval, which ranks among the major research universities in Canada with more than 300 research centres, chairs and other research clusters. The Institute distinguished itself by the quality of its research, involving some of the most cited researchers in the world.

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Why collaborate with INAF?

  • Taking part in world-class research and benefitting from an international outreach
  • Joining efficient international academic-industrial networks for international and European funding applications
  • Accelerating the development of innovative products with validated health effects and new technologies
  • Accessing large-scale scientific congresses and showcasing research results in Quebec and internationally
  • Enriching and expanding the investigation and market potential
  • Accessing a single North American port of entry desk for foreign-located organizations
  • Contributing to the training of highly qualified personnel being able to work in companies

Students │ Take Advantage of International Opportunities

More than 500 graduate students are evolving each year in the INAF’s research environment. The unique training offered relies on the excellence of the researchers, the access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and a rich environment centered on a diversified scientific animation.

The cross-sectoral nature of INAF allows students to address research issues of concern at the interface between pure sciences and engineering, sciences related to food production, food-grade quality and food processing, health sciences and social sciences. They thereby acquire a wider reading of the issues in their field and develop a rich collaborative network during their academic curriculum.

The Institute’s international recognition is attracting a growing number of foreign students to do higher studies or internships with our teams. Our graduate students and postdoctoral fellows come from 32 different countries. Our many partnerships with research centres and universities facilitate mobility within the INAF’s network as well as internationally, in addition to give rise to enriching inter-laboratory exchanges for students.

Studying at INAF is accessing a high-level scientific education that offers a multitude of international opportunities.

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Businesses from Here and Elsewhere │ Join our Partners’ Gateway!

The INAF, with the collaboration of  Québec International, offers you the possibility to easily join its innovation ecosystem through face-to-face or virtual support. We are providing you easy access to our expertise and service network, either through a virtual presence being an option or by renting individual or collaborative space within the Partners’ Gateway, located in the heart of INAF’s main research hall at Université Laval’s Pavillon des services. The Partners’ Gateway provides a business space allowing you to develop and implement your research strategies collaboratively with INAF researchers and its network. Several services and benefits are offered, including access to our state-of-the-art infrastructure and support in putting in place your innovation plan.


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Stephane Gagné, the accompanying person for the Partners’ Gateway


This collaboration, based on the complementarity and expertise of two research units, the INAF at Université Laval and the Institut Charles Viollette at University of Lille, enabled numerous results through joint funded projects and the involvement of young researchers from both nations. It is a true teaching and research asset for each of the universities, the LIA also allows for a real lever effect to submit large-scale common projects and obtain funding opportunities that bring together several French and Canadian companies.


Rozenn Ravallec

Co-Director of LIAAN at University of Lille

There are a number of benefits to collaborating internationally. It first gives us access to large teams, joint resources. Then it helps us to exchange and learn new methods to achieve our objectives more effectively. These international networks allow us to pool our relationships to look for funding and new expertise.


Yves Desjardins

INAF Researcher at Université Laval