Cross-WUR programmes

The complexity of the challenges we face requires that we put even more emphasis on multidisciplinary work and on achieving synergy in our fundamental and applied research. We are therefore working on further improving the cooperation between various parts of the organisation and investing in research themes that lie at the interface between our areas of expertise.

Research themes

The research themes encompass the entire research portfolio, and link the institutes thematically with each other. This increases the synergy of our knowledge development.

Research themes

The five investment themes are strategic topics with which we can emphasise specific aspects of our expertise development.

Investing themes

WUR-based Initiatives (INREF)

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.

Interdisciplinary Research and Education Fund (INREF)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

In2015, The United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals: 17 goals and 169 targets for people, planet and prosperity for the next 15 years. Much research of Wageningen University & Research is connected with the Sustainable Development Goals.


Research schools

The research at Wageningen University is conducted through chair groups. Each chair group, led by a professor, has its own sphere of expertise within the domain of “healthy food and living environment”. Wageningen University leads six graduate schools within an overarching organisation.

Wageningen Graduate Schools