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Funding opportunities2018 Work Programme

2018 Work Programme

Each year, the ANR produces a Work Programme setting out its research priorities and funding instruments. This document is a genuine roadmap for the agency for the coming year, and is produced in cooperation with the research ecosystem (the five Alliances, the CNRS and the Ministry responsible for Research and Innovation, etc.), to coordinate interministerial action between the ministries concerned respecting the line set down by the National Research Strategy (SNR).

The Work Programme (WP) describes the framework for the agency’s calls for proposals for the current budget year. It is directed towards all scientific communities, the French public and private research ecosystem, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and very small businesses.

2018, a more easily understandable Work Programme

The 2018 Work Programme was adopted by the ANR Board of Directors on 27 June 2017. This new Work Programme is published on the agency’s internet site, and includes several changes to make the framework of its action more understandable.

This year, it is in the form of 2 documents:

  • a summary document containing about thirty pages setting out a global view of the annual plan,
  • a more extensive scientific reference document (Description of research related to the 2018 Generic call for proposals) containing the description of each theme of societal challenges;

Download the documents in the ANR 2018 Work Programme

Four redefined components, with the principal “Research and Innovation” component focussing on the Generic Call for Proposals – AAPG
The Work Programme (WP) is divided into four cross-disciplinary components, each with its own budget. Each component has funding instruments, calls for proposals and special programmes.

The 2018 edition of the WP includes another revision to the scope of these 4 components, the principal component applying to the AAPG:

  • Component 1 “Research and Innovation” described in the AAPG, combines both acquisition of fundamental knowledge and targeted, often finalised, research;
  • Component 2 “Specific actions excluded from the AAPG”: actions focussed on precise objectives justifying a very fast response or a particular system;
  • Component 3 “Construction of the European Research Area (ERA) and international appeal of France”: make French teams and funding systems to increase the extent and appeal of national research and contribute to construction of the ERA, available to research workers,
  • Component 4 “Economic impact of research and competitiveness”: to develop partnerships with enterprises and transfer the findings from public research to the business community.

Each component uses a wide range of funding instruments. They can be collaborative research instruments, instruments specific to individuals or any other programmes and calls for WP proposals.

Societal challenges defined in the framework for the National Research Strategy (SNR) – France-Europe 2020 form the backdrop for the 2018 Generic Call for Proposals (AAPG), with the exception of the “space” sector which falls under the remit of CNES. These major societal challenges require fundamental and applied research.

The four components of ANR’s 2018 Work programme

Component 1
« Research and Innovation »
Component 2
Specific actions excluded from Generic Call
Flash, Challenges
Component 3
« Constructing the European Research Area (ERA) and international appeal of France »
International calls (ERA-Nets)
Component 4
Economic impact of research and competitiveness
LabCom and LabCom consolidation, Industrial Research Chairs, Institut Carnot

Partnerships and cofunding

Funds allocated to calls for proposals in the framework of the WP originate from the work subsidy assigned to the agency annually by the Ministry of Research.

Furthermore, in line with its mission as a project-based research funder, ANR establishes partnerships with other funders including:

  • National Solidarity Fund for Autonomy (CNSA),
  • Ministry of Defence (Defence Procurement Agency – DGA),
  • Ministry of Health (General Directorate for Care Provision, DGOS),
  • Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Forests (MAAF),
  • Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea (MEEM)
  • General Secretariat for Defence and National Security (SGDSN).

These partnerships offer opportunities for funding or cofunding of projects to increase ANR’s own work budget, such as the Astrid and Astrid Maturation programmes dedicated to dual research and implemented by ANR and funded by the DGA.

Other public institutions also provide funding for projects and organise their own calls for proposals, such as the National Cancer Institute (INCa) and the National Agency for Research on HIV and Hepatitis A (ANRS). To ensure efficiency, projects falling under these calls for proposals are not funded by ANR. The eligibility of projects submitted to ANR, regardless of the WP 2018 call for proposals, that come under themes likely to be supported by these bodies, will be run by them in conjunction with ANR.

The ANR action plan is within the framework fixed by the Strategic Agenda for research, transfer and innovation “France Europe 2020”, itself created consistently with the European “Horizon 2020” outline programme. The work programme is also constructed to be consistent with the National Research Strategy (SNR) initiated by the 22 July 2013 Act on higher education and research. The SNR, in phase with the Strategic Agenda, aims to “provide a response to scientific, technological, environmental and society challenges by maintaining high level fundamental research”.

The simpler 2018 AAPG, structured by disciplinary research theme

The AAPG makes use of several funding systems. Open to all scientific disciplines and all research types from the most fundamental projects to applied research conducted in partnerships with enterprises, especially SMEs and very small businesses.

It uses all the instruments that fund individual research projects coordinated by young researchers (JCJC) or collaborative research projects between public entities in a national or international context (PRC and PRCI respectively) and public and private entities with a potential opening to the world of business (PRCE).

THE 2018 AAPG corresponds to the principal "Research and innovation" component of the 2018 Work Programme which is now structured by research theme.

  • A total of 36 research themes are presented in the framework of the 9 societal challenges.
  • 3 themes are presented outside the framework of challenges, to support specific fundamental disciplines (2 specific, Physics of condensed and dilute material, Subatomic Physics, Sciences of the universe, Structure, History of the Earth and 1 Mathematics and Computer science sub-theme)
  • 8 research themes are cross-disciplinary challenges at the crossroads of several challenges (“Interchallenge” themes).

Every theme corresponds to a scientific evaluation committee (SEC).

For improved disciplinary and cross-disciplinary identification, commensurate with the challenges, the project leader will choose a research theme that corresponds to a scientific evaluation committee (SEC).

Researchers submitting a project should at the same time choose the funding instrument that will best serve the scientific objectives and requirements of their project.

Separate calls for proposals will be issued for funding systems not proposed in the AAPG. Methods of submitting and selecting each call for proposals are described in the texts of each separate call for proposals. (see WP and specific calls for proposals)


Stage 1

Launch of submission website: 29 September 2017
Latest date for submission of preliminary proposals: 26 October 2017 at 1 pm (Paris time)
Stage 1 results: mid-February 2018

Stage 2

Launch of submission website for detailed proposals: end of February 2018
Deadline for submission of detailed proposals (PRC/PRCE/JCJC and collaborative – international research projects PRCI)  : end of March 2018
Publication of first results for PRC/PRCE/JCJC instruments: July 2018
(The publication of PRCI proposal results depends on the schedule of negotiations with foreign funding agencies)

The second ANR Tour begins

For the second consecutive year, the ANR will visit communities proposing scientific projects throughout the month of September. About twenty meetings are programmed throughout France through research bodies and the universities.

These meetings offer an opportunity to present the ANR’s 2018 Work Programme and calls for proposals to inform and to hold discussions with communities and to answer all questions. This year, the general presentations will be followed by presentations of scientific themes in the Work programme, made by the ANR’s five scientific departments.

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