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The Foundation
The French Foundation for Biodiversity Research (FRB) is a platform between the various scientific actors and the society stakeholders on biodiversity.

In a nutshell

Biodiversity research for the benefit of all living beings.

The FRB was created in 2008, following the Grenelle de l’environnement (a series of political meetings organised in France in September and December 2007), on the initiative of the ministries in charge of research and ecology, by eight public research institutions. They have since been joined by LVMH, Ineris and the University of Montpellier, bringing the number of founding members to 11.
The Foundation’s mission is to support and act with research to increase and transfer knowledge about biodiversity.
The FRB is a foundation for scientific cooperation under private law. It operates independently and has about 20 employees.


The FRB has been headed by Hélène Soubelet since April 2017, with Jean-François Silvain as President since April 2014. 


"The science is clear. Biodiversity erosion is accelerating."

This finding, supported by recent regional assessments and the latest IPBES global report, underlines the urgent need to implement solutions to curb this collapse. Science is essential to support the necessary efforts and promote social and economic behaviour that are less damaging or even favourable to biodiversity. It is this conviction that the French Foundation for Biodiversity Research (FRB) wants to convey.

In a nutshell
In 2018, the Foundation’s resources were 3,080,000 euros. Research funding was allocated as follows:

2018 budget:
3 080 000 €

  • Universities : 30 000 €
  • European Union : 380 000 €
  • Research funding agency : 500 000 €
  • Companies : 250 000 €
  • Ministries : 1 340 000 €
  • Founding members : 580 000 €