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Enhancing the visibility of French research

ANR plays an active role in European and international research policy and makes French research more visible by taking an active part in a variety of European and worldwide forums and governing bodies.

At the global level, ANR is a member of:

  • the Global Research Council (GRC): a virtual organisation comprising the heads of science and engineering funding agencies from around the world, the GRC addresses issues of mutual interest and reaches agreements on principles and guidelines to encourage transnational collaboration
  • the G8-HORCs (G8 Heads of research councils), which brings together the leaders of the research organisations of the G8 countries and which notably led a pilot action to fund international projects
  • the Belmont Forum: co-chaired by ANR since 2012, it brings together the senior representatives of the principal funding agencies across the world and tackles the challenges related to global environmental change
  • the International Rare Diseases Research Consortium (IRDiRC), an international consortium dedicated to research on rare diseases
  • the Trans-Atlantic Platform in Social Sciences and Humanities Research

ANR also contributes to the building and the strengthening of the European Research Area. It is a member of:

  • Science Europe, the European association representing the interests of the research funding organisations in Europe. Michael Matlosz, CEO of ANR, is a member of the Governing Board of the association.
  • the European Science Foundation (ESF)

The agency is also a member of the Bonn group in social sciences, alongside the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and the UK Council for Economic and Social Research (ESRC). This partnership is mainly implemented through the ORA initiative "Open Research Area for the social sciences", whose objective is to fund collaborative projects in the field of social sciences.

Finally, ANR is largely involved in the European networks such as ERA-NETs and Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs).

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