Agropolis Fondation is a private “foundation for scientific cooperation” (“Fondation de coopération scientifique”, FCS, French Status) for agriculture and sustainable development. A “FCS” is an association of higher education and research institutions. It is a non-profit legal entity governed by private law and subject to the rules relating to foundations recognised as being of public utility (“Fondations reconnues d’utilité publique”).
The foundation was created in 2007 by CIRAD, INRA and Montpellier SupAgro, joined in 2008 by IRD and in 2018 by the University of Montpellier.
The Foundation is located in Montpellier, in the heart of the Agropolis International cluster, which brings together more than 2,700 scientists - researchers and teachers - in agronomy, food, biodiversity and the environment, with a specific focus on the tropical and Mediterranean regions.