Université du Québec - Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique

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Université du Québec – Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique

The Université du Québec – Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) is the research-oriented branch of Université du Québec that only offers graduate studies. INRS conducts research in four broad sectors: water, earth and the environment; energy, materials and telecommunications; human, animal and environmental health; and urbanization, culture and society.

Dedicated to research and advanced training, the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) is present where issues of society require. Dynamic and innovative, the INRS has redesigned its organization to meet the challenges of the 21st century bringing together scientific teams working in complementary areas. In from eight to four research centers, the Institute enhances its research and training, in addition to increasing its capacity to intervene in strategic areas for the future of Quebec:

  • Water Earth Environment
  • Telecommunications Energy Materials
  • Human Health, Animal and Environmental
  • Urbanization Culture Society.

Scholarships and Student Aid

INRS strongly encourages students to take advantage of programs scholarship organizations private or public subsidies. Furthermore, the INRS has for several years, a financial support program whose main objective is to enable students to devote full time to their studies and research that entails.

The program funding is for:

  • regular student – Those students admitted and enrolled in an administrative and pedagogical course that INRS alone is responsible
  • students enrolled via distance learning in a master’s programs and / or PhD program outside the center of INRS – These are students enrolled in master’s or doctoral program at another university and who, under the responsibility of a professor at INRS, just perform in one of its centers an internship that contributes to the achievement of their memory or their thesis.


The INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre, a component of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), plays a vital role in research, training and technology transfers conducted in Quebec in the areas of human, animal and environmental health. INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, which has approximately fifty faculty members, uses its extensive expertise in immunology and microbiology to determine the impact of infectious pathogens, cancer cells or organ transplants on the immune system, as well as to characterize various immune effector cells.

Using various models and epidemiological analyses, the Centre conducts research into environmental toxicology and biotechnology with a view to identify and characterize the impact of environmental pollutants on human health. Research activities are also geared towards improving the quality of the environment using biotechnology and microorganisms to manage major problems caused by pollution. In parallel, researchers at INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier are involved in the development of functional foods and new methods of food conservation, given the illnesses they can cause. In addition, researchers at INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier focus on the development and mode of action of drugs and other bioactive molecules.

The INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier research centre is renowned both locally and internationally for its biomedical expertise and represents a vital crossroad for health-related research in Quebec. Members of the Centre’s team have exceptional, even unique, analytical capabilities in the fields of chemistry, microbiology and immunology, genomics and proteomics as well as molecular and cellular biology. The established credibility of the Centre’s doping control laboratory played a key role in the World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to establish its headquarters in Montreal. In addition, on the strength of its expertise in immunity, infectious diseases and cancer as well as its solid experience in using animal models, the National Centre for Experimental Biology – a major project funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Quebec government – was set up on the City of Laval campus. The INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier research centre is also one of the cornerstones in the development of the City of Biotechnology and Human Health of Metropolitan Montreal, an initiative promoted by INRS.

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