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29/05/2015 Europe & International

Insights into the Global Research Council's Annual Meeting

The 4th annual meeting of the Global Research Council took place in Tokyo on 26-28 May 2015. During the plenary assembly held on May 27th and co-hosted by Japan and South Africa, the Global Research Council adopted two declarations, one regarding Breakthrough Reasearch Funding while the other concerned Building Research and Education Capacity's reinforcement. Michael Matlosz, CEO of the French National Research Agency, participated in the meeting.

26/05/2015 Research and Science

Tara: transforming the way of studying the oceans

The first results of the “Tara Oceans” expedition (2009-2013) were the subject of a special issue of the periodical Science. In order to study and understand the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis on our oceans, the schooner has been sailing the seas since 2003, taking measurements in situ and collecting samples. Overview of the projects funded by ANR in connection with the Tara expeditions and the data that they made it possible to generate.

21/05/2015 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Public consultation on the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda is open

The European Joint Programming Initiative "Water Challenges for a Changing World" (Water JPI), coordinated by ANR, has developed a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). In line with the participatory approach the Water JPI is based upon, a public consultation has just been launched with a view to gathering the opinions of the society at large on the SRIA. Join the public consultation until the 24th May 2015!

20/05/2015 Research and Science

Ebola virus epidemic: ANR funds three research projects on the disease

At the end of 2014, ANR introduced an initiative baptised "Ebola expediter" in the exceptional context of the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. The aim of this initiative was to identify - among the pre-proposals submitted in the first stage of the generic call 2015 - scientific work that can justify rapid funding, either because it can provide answers to urgent needs in a crisis situation or because its initiation is particularly appropriate during an epidemic. On completion of an expedited selection process, three projects are being funded for a total sum of €1.7 M.

07/05/2015 Funding opportunities, Europe & International

A new call to encourage the formation of European and international scientific networks

The French National Research Agency (ANR) has announced a new call for proposals entitled "Setting up European or International Scientific Networks" (MRSEI). The aim of this new instrument is to encourage the formation of transnational networks coordinated by French researchers. Funding will only be provided for research networks that have specifically been set up to submit a collaborative project in response to a large-scale European or international call for proposals. The deadline for the submission of proposals for this first edition is 9 July 2015.

04/05/2015 Funding opportunities, Europe & International

FACCE SURPLUS: strengthening European collaborative research for sustainable agriculture

The objective of FACCE SURPLUS is to support sustainable intensification of agricultural production. As part of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI), this research funding programme brings together many European partners, including the French National Research Agency (ANR). Following a first call for international proposals launched in January, 67 pre-proposals were submitted in the first stage by teams from 21 countries.

30/04/2015 Research and Science

Future Internet: the LISP-Lab project deploys an international experimentation platform

The current architecture of the Internet is based on the TCP/IP protocol suite. To address the future needs of scalability of the Internet and the exponential development of new services, current Internet architecture must be improved. Among proposed approaches, LISP architecture is emerging as a promising solution. LISP (Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol) designates a new architecture and a set of protocols for implementing new address semantics to set up the Future Internet. The LISP-Lab project has endeavoured to speed up the development of this solution and is implementing and deploying a large-scale experimentation platform. As of today, this platform is already operational and freely open to anyone interested in conducting large-scale experiments using LISP architecture and its associated protocols.

24/04/2015 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Launching of an international call on the social challenges of extended working life

The French National Research Agency (ANR) is launching, together with partners from ten European countries and Canada, a new call for transnational proposals on extended working life and its interaction with health and well-being. This call comes within the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative “More Years Better Lives” that ANR has joined recently. Deadline for proposal submission: 2nd June 2015.

23/04/2015 Europe & International

The European research community meets in Vienna to discuss innovation and international cooperation

On 13 and 14 April 2015, this year's edition of the annual Science Europe High Level Workshop took place in Austria. The event was attended by representatives of the 52 Science Europe Member Organisations, including the French National Research Agency (ANR), as well as European ministers and the European Commission. Discussions focused on the implementation of the European Research Area.

22/04/2015 Research and Science, Europe & International

Soil resources at the centre of a web of conflicting issues

Soil is the foundation of all human activities, particularly agriculture. But there is a growing need among today's industrial, energy, urban and mining sectors for more space and more primary resources such as water, materials, mineral resources and energy. This places soil resources at the centre of a web of often conflicting issues. International competition has given rise to a host of questions in this area, primarily relating to soil governance and competition for land use but also concerning the potential retroactive effects on climate regulation owing to the key role of soil in the water cycle and in the storage of organic matter, especially carbon. In this context the 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS). On the occasion of the Global Soil Week, spotlight on ANR’s activities related to that issue.