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05/10/2015 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Flagships: 19 transnational projects selected for first FLAG-ERA call

Garnering participation from nearly every country in Europe, the ERA-NET “FLAG-ERA” was conceived to support the European Commission Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) programme’s two “Flagship” initiatives: the Graphene project and the Human Brain Project (HBP). Nineteen transnational projects have been selected and shall be allocated €13.5 M through the ERA-NET’s first call for proposals.

02/10/2015 Research and Science

The FRIPON project, using cameras to track down meteorites

Meteorites are rocks that fall down to Earth from the solar system. Studying them allows us to learn more about the solar system’s origins and evolution. With changes in lifestyle having caused meteorite sightings to become increasingly rare and scattered, the FRIPON project created the world’s densest camera network to track the origin of meteorites and facilitate their collection.

01/10/2015 Research and Science

Musimorphoses project gives ear to music listening in the digital age

The project, which benefits from a 36-month ANR grant worth €296 K, is peering into how music is shared, sold, recorded, broadcast, played, promoted and pirated in the Western world and other regions throughout the planet. The hardware and software that underpin them, often overlooked by sociological research, are given a prominent role in the study.

30/09/2015 Research and Science

POLYPERL: scientists pry into the world of pearl oysters

In 30 years’ time, pearl culture has become a critical economic activity in French Polynesia. To counter the crisis affecting the sector, the POLYPERL project, launched in February 2012 and funded by ANR over a period of four years in the amount of €707 k, seeks to both further fundamental knowledge on oyster pearls and their culture, as well as produce operational tools for industry professionals with a view to sustainable and integrated management of pearl culture in French Polynesia.

24/09/2015 Funding opportunities

Generic Call 2016: an accelerated evaluation system implemented for projects relating to migration, asylum, and refugee policy

ANR announced at the pre-proposal submission site’s opening that an accelerated selection system for projects relating to migration, asylum, and refugee policies in all of their facets will be implemented under the generic call.

14/09/2015 Research and Science

Marine mammals as oceanographic platforms, a new tool for recording physical and biological data in remote areas

Research on the effects of climate change on oceans remains held back by a lack of in situ data, particularly from Polar Regions. To make up for this deficit, diving marine mammals have become a critical part of the ocean observation system. On June 1, the international MEOP portal opened up access to information collected by animals tagged with tracking devices. The following is a presentation of three projects led by the initiative’s French branch and funded by ANR.

02/09/2015 Research and Science

The ASTER project shines a light on rare earths

In an era when producing sustainably is paramount, critical resources are undergoing rapid supply-side changes. The ASTER project (Systemic Analysis of Rare Earth Elements) has looked into some of today's most pressing challenges, including dependence (rare earths are actually abundant, though highly spread out), societal challenges posed by their extraction and the upheaval of production relationships. The project, which benefited from French National Research Agency (ANR) funding, also addressed how to recycle and make the best and most responsible use of natural resources.

10/08/2015 Funding opportunities, Europe & International

Launching of an international call in Computational Neuroscience

For the fourth consecutive year, ANR is joining NSF and NIH to issue a call for collaborative projects in computational neuroscience. The BMBF in Germany and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) are also participating in the initiative. The call is launched under the NSF “Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience” CRCNS programme. The deadline for applications is 29 October 2015.

29/07/2015 Funding opportunities

Work Programme and Generic Call 2016 Published

On 18 June 2015, the ANR Governing Board adopted Work Programme 2016, a text outlining ANR's actions and calls for proposals for the 2016 budget exercise. Work Programme 2016 is the agency roadmap for the year to come; it presents the research priorities for 2016 as well as the funding instruments offered to researchers. The Work Programme is intended for the scientific communities, for academia and industry alike (especially SMEs and intermediate-sized companies).