The ANR was created in 2005 to organise the funding of projects whose end-purpose is to give impetus to the research sector.
The agency places great importance on fostering creativity and openness, stimulating new ideas and partnerships, targeting research efforts on economic and societal priorities determined at the highest level of State and through consultation with the other research players, encouraging interdisciplinary actions, intensifying links between the public and private sectors, and developing international collaborations.
As part of a government initiative to reinforce long-term French competitiveness, a major programme called “Investments for the Future” ("Investissements d'Avenir") was launched at the end of 2009. The ANR is the operator for the research and higher education component of this programme, which covers 21.9 billion euros. The programme is part of a long-term and dynamic drive to transform higher education, research and innovation. These large-scale initiatives promoting excellence will strengthen France’s capacities for innovation and be a driving force in the dynamics of growth in the coming years.
03/12/2013 Publication of the European call on nanomedicine (ERA-NET EuroNanoMed II)
25/11/2013 Publication of theEuropean call on food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services (ERA-NET BiodivERsA and JPI FACCE)
30/10/2013 Publication of the French-US call with NSF and NIH on computational neuroscience (CRCNS)
28/10/2013 Publication of the European call on long-term challenges in ICT (ERA-NET CHIST-ERA)
16/10/2013 Publication of the international call on societal transformation and climate change (JPI Climate)
16/10/2013 Publication of the international call on climate smart agriculture (JPI FACCE)
The French National Research Agency (ANR) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) have agreed to launch a bilateral call for proposals in the thematic area "Molecular Technology for Functional Materials" in January 2014.
ANR develops transnational collaborations aiming at increasing the excellence, the competitiveness, the attractiveness, the impact and the influence of French research in the world.
The agency contributes actively to the construction of the European Research Area.