The IFRH (Federative Research Institute on Disability) was set up in 1994 and established in 1995. It was renewed after a favorable assessment of scientific bodies of the partners in 1998 under the direction of Prof. Jean-Pierre Didier (University of Burgundy).
The current director is Pr. Philippe Pudlo, Professor at the Université de Valenciennes/Le Hainaut/Cambraisis. The IFRH brings together 32 institutions or universities (CHU, public research organizations such as INSERM and CNRS, engineering schools, etc.), 3 learned societies, 5 international networks, 2 user associations.