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 provides 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 lead manager of the Investments for the Future programme in the field of higher education and research.


Key facts and figures

432.5 M of research project grants in 2013

More than 12,000 projects funded since ANR's creation

1,040 international projects co-funded with foreign counterparts



E-Rare-3: ANR coordinates a fifth ERA-NET

An ERA-NET launched in 2006, E-Rare aims at speeding up knowledge for the development of diagnostic and treatment tools for rare diseases, through multidisciplinary and transnational collaborations in Europe and beyond. Extended to a third phase under the ERA-NET Cofund scheme of the European Commission, E-Rare has recently launched a seventh call for proposals.

This is the fifth ERA-NET coordinated by ANR alongside CHIST-ERA, EuroNanoMed 2, FLAG-ERA and Infect-ERA.

A global outlook

One of ANR's major aims is to expand its activity globally, in a context of growing internationalisation of research and of its challenges.

We propose funding instruments to speed up and strengthen the collaborations between French researchers and the best teams from other countries.

The ANR also contributes to building the European Research Area through an active participation in JPIs and ERA-NETs.