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23/03/2015 Funding opportunities, Europe & International

Water research in Europe: ANR coordinates the Water JPI

The European Joint Programming Initiative "Water Challenges for a Changing World" (Water JPI) aims at reinforcing Europe's leadership and competitiveness in the area of water research and innovation, while fostering preservation of the resource. In November 2014 ANR took the chair and coordination responsibility for the JPI. Let's focus on this flagship initiative, the day after the World Water Day 2015.

10/03/2015 Funding opportunities

"Hosting High-Level Researchers" 2015: the call for candidacies is open

ANR has just published the second edition of the "Hosting High-Level Researchers" call. This funding instrument dedicated to individuals and open to all scientific fields enables "junior" or "senior" researchers from any country to carry out an ambitious research project in a reputed institution in France. The ANR funding is designed to help French laboratories fulfil their role as host and researchers to conduct their research. The call closing date is scheduled for 29th May 2015.

09/03/2015 Funding opportunities

Carnot Institutes: a new labelling wave due shortly

The third wave of Carnot Institute labelling is to be launched in 2016. In 2013, Arnaud Montebourg – who was then French Minister for Productive Recovery – and Geneviève Fioraso, currently Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research, announced the setting up of a commission tasked with proposing developments to the system. The aim was to give new impetus to the institutes to enable them to make a "decisive" contribution to the "recovery of the country". This commission, baptised the "Carnot 3.0 Commission", submitted its recommendations to the Secretary of State on 21st January 2015.

05/03/2015 Research and Science, Investments for the Future

Rare diseases: Launching of the RaDiCo platform and sixteen initial rare disease cohorts

The RaDiCo project, which is funded by the French government under the first “Investments for the Future” programme, aims at providing France and Europe with cohorts that lead to a better understanding of rare diseases and thus improve their management and the development of treatments. The first call for proposals has now ended, and the platform yesterday officially launched sixteen studies.

04/03/2015 Funding opportunities, Europe & International

Preannouncement: two calls for transnational proposals on nutrition soon to come online

The French National Research Agency will launch two international calls for proposals in collaboration with its partners from the Joint Programming Initiative "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life" (JPI HDHL). The call topics are the following: Nutrition and Cognitive Function; Intestinal Microbiomics. They are scheduled to open in March 2015.

18/02/2015 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Preannouncement: a call for transnational research projects on Antimicrobial Resistance coming soon

The French National Research Agency will launch, in collaboration with European and Argentinian partners, a second call for proposals in the context of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPI AMR). The call is scheduled to open on March 17, 2015.

13/02/2015 Europe & International

Paul Shrivastava is appointed Executive Director of the Future Earth Secretariat

The International Council for Science (ICSU) has just announced the appointment of Paul Shrivastava as Executive Director of Future Earth. He will therefore be leading the international secretariat of this global initiative to better coordinate research into sustainable development across the world. The secretariat comprises five hubs in five different countries, including France, and associating the ANR.

12/02/2015 Research and Science

Incas: The first atmosphere polluters in South America?

Until now there has been a consensus of belief in the scientific community that air pollution in the Southern hemisphere began in the industrial period, that is to say less than one hundred years ago. New evidence suggests that it actually dates back to the pre-Columbian civilisations, and to the Incas in particular, who mined Andean copper and silver ores. This important discovery was made by a team of researchers involved in the PARAD project funded by ANR in 2011 through its Young Researchers programme.

10/02/2015 Funding opportunities, Europe & International

JPI OCEANS: Launching of a first international call for proposals in the area of marine environment contaminants

ANR, in collaboration with its European partners, has just launched a brand new international call for proposals on the ecological aspects of microplastics in the marine environment. This call comes under the Joint Programming Initiative "JPI OCEANS". The deadline for submitting projects is 31st March 2015.

10/02/2015 Research and Science

Could insects represent an alternative resource for animal feed?

Insects are rich in proteins and fats, and they constitute the basis of the diet of many animals. They have been used in Asian cooking for hundreds of years and today are used by the food industry to produce ingredients that enter into the composition of everyday food products. The cochineal (also known as scale insect or mealybug), for example, produces the natural dye used as a colorant in certain sweets. In a context of increasing scarcity of resources, insects - so far underexploited as a commodity - could be a source of raw materials. This, at least, is the postulate of the Desirable project, which has been funded by ANR since 2013 under its Sustainable Food Systems programme.