The French National Research Agency Projects for science

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Who we are

ANR provides funding for project-based research

Employing a method based on competitive peer reviews that complies with international standards, ANR attaches great importance to providing the scientific community with instruments and conditions that promote creativity and openness, and stimulate new ideas and partnerships, particularly between the public and private sectors. Its activity also contributes to enhancing the competitiveness and the influence of French research in Europe and across the world. Since 2010, ANR has also been the principal operator of the Investments for the Future programme in the field of higher education and research.

 

Key facts and figures 

€555 M of research project grants in 2012

More than 11,000 projects funded since ANR's creation

14,500 French and foreign peer reviewers

 

Spotlight

ANR coordinator of 4 ERA-NETs

As a network of research funding agencies and research performing organisations funded by the European Commission, an ERA-NET is an instrument of the EU policy to develop and strengthen the coordination of national research programmes. Those actions materialize for example through the launching of transnational calls for collaborative proposals on selected topics. ANR takes part in those calls and finances the French teams.

With the launching of FLAG-ERA, an ERA-NET on the FET "Future and Emerging Technologies" Flagship projects, ANR is now coordinator of 4 ERA-NETs: INFECT-ERA on infectious diseases, CHIST-ERA on long-term challenges in ICT and EuroNanoMed II on nanomedicine.

 

International cooperation

The ANR is extending its work internationally to increase the excellence and competitiveness of French research, in a context of global societal issues and knowledge.

  • We propose bilateral and multilateral funding instruments that help teams to speed up and strengthen the relationships between French researchers and the best teams from other countries.
  • The agency also contributes actively to the construction of the European Research Area through an active participation in JPIs and ERA-NETs.