INREF is the development oriented Interdisciplinary Research and Education Fund of Wageningen University. Most of the problem oriented research is conducted by 'sandwich' PhD students working in groups on complex topics concerning the developing countries and emerging economies focusses on tackling the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In addition to knowledge generation, the INREF programme strives for strengthening the institutional and human research, development and education capacity in the South, and developing new interdisciplinary and participatory approaches by creating an enabling learning environment. 

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  • to contribute to excellent research by stimulating interdisciplinary collaboration and exploring new research subjects and approaches;
  • to produce research results that really make a difference for the end-users envisaged (researchers, policy makers, NGOs, farmers, business, etc.);
  • to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • to conduct and trigger innovative, interdisciplinary and comparative Research for Development and Education within Wageningen University and 'broader' WUR;
  • to strengthen interdisciplinary education programmes at Wageningen University and partner institutions;
  • to exploit and expand strategic international Research for Development and Education partnerships;
  • to attract additional funding.

Expected output

The main expected outputs of the INREF programme are:

  • new, interdisciplinary and innovative research approaches and methodologies;
  • increased (scientific) knowledge and insights on cross-cutting societal challenges in close relation to the SDGs, with a focus on developing countries and emerging economies;
  • expanded strategic international RfDE partnerships;
  • scientific knowledge and information that can be used for well-described stakeholders (policy makers, research and education organisations, farmers or others) in the fields of RDE;
  • interdisciplinary education modules or programmes developed at Wageningen University and/or partner institutions for BSc, MSc and PhD students;
  • increased capacity for RfDE in Southern and Northern countries;
  • stronger position of WUR in the RfDE domain;

Programme scheduling

The executive Board of Wageningen University & Research granted a fourth phase from 2018 till 2024.
A first call for proposals is published in 2018