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Joint Technology Units (UMT) involving INRA in 2019

Joint Technology Units (UMT) involving INRA in 2019

Updated on 03/28/2019
Published on 01/17/2019

INRA is involved in 27 Joint Technology Units (UMT) in 2019.
The four UMT accredited at the end of 2018 for a 5-year period (2019-2023) are the subject of detailed articles attached to this UMT 2019 dossier.  

A Joint Technology Unit (UMT) is an association of research scientists and engineers from a research or higher education institution and a technical institute, working on the same site, to conduct an R&D programme over a 5-year period.
These scientific partnerships are accredited and funded by the French Ministry of Agriculture.  
Projects must concern the scientific priorities of both partner establishments. The results expected include the development of models or decision-support tools, the exploitation and management of databases, potential patent filings, jointly signed publications in high quality scientific or technical journals.
As at 1st January 2019, INRA was a partner in 27 UMT:

  • 10 UMT in the plant sector with different agricultural technical institutes: Arvalis, Astredhor, CTIFL, IFV, Itab, FN3PT and Terres Inovia;
  • 10 UMT in the animal sector, with technical institutes such as IDELE, IFIP, ITAVI and ITSAP;
  • 7 UMT in the food sector, with agri-industrial technical institutes including Actalia, Adiv, CTCPA, IFPC, IFV, Iterg and LNE.

The map below indicates the sites of the 27 UMT managed jointly by INRA.
Joint Technology Units (UMT) involving INRA in 2019

Four articles are included in this dossier and present the four projects accredited in 2019:
Two in the plant sector:

  • PACTOLE: for diversified agriculture valorising oilseeds and grain legumes, with Terres Inovia, and
  • SI BIO: understanding, co-designing, evaluating and developing innovative organic horticulture systems in synergy, with ITAB.

And two in the animal sector:

  • DIGIPORC, digital tools for the pig sector with IFIP, and
  • SC3D, sustainable goat systems for the future, with IDELE.


The UMT mechanism was put in place by the Ministry of Agriculture at the same time as RMT (Joint Technology Networks) to bring together actors in research, development and training in order to focus on a specific theme.

The purpose of both mechanisms is to create closer ties between actors concerned by innovation in the agriculture and agrifood sectors.

UMTs involve appropriate technical institutes such as agricultural technical institutes (ITA) affiliated to ACTA (Association for Technical Coordination in Farming) and agri-industrial technical institutes (ITAI) affiliated to ACTIA (French Network of Food Technology Institutes).  A call for projects is issued every year.

The themes of these R&D projects form part of research on solutions to improve the sustainability of farming systems: alternatives to pesticides or mineral fertilisers, the diversification of rotations, the development of digital tools and sensors, the contribution of genetics, new approaches in animal health, etc. In the agrifood sector, the issue of quality is central to work by several UMT, as is the eco-design of processes or the control of health risks.

More information on the GIS Relance Agronomique website (in French).