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19/12/2014 Europe & International, Conferences and events, Research and Science

Report on the "For sustainable reconstruction" symposium in Haiti

From 3-5 December 2014, the Fondation de France and the French National Research Agency held a closing symposium on the ANR's post-earthquake "Flash Haiti" programme and Fondation de France’s programme for valorising local innovations. Titled "For sustainable reconstruction" and held in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the symposium was attended by 150 persons. Following is a recap of this key event for Franco-Haitian scientific cooperation.

19/12/2014 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Preannouncement: a call for European projects on systems medicine coming soon

The French National Research Agency will launch, in partnership with twelve European countries, a first call for proposals in the context of the ERA-NET ERACoSysMed. This brand new initiative aims at promoting transnational research to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of Systems Medicine. The call is scheduled to open on February 16, 2015.

17/12/2014 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Preannouncement: a call for transnational proposals on infectious diseases will soon be online

The French National Research Agency, in partnership with nine European countries, Brazil and India, will launch a third call for proposals through the ERA-NET Infect-ERA. This initiative aims to promote international research on human infectious diseases. The call is scheduled to open on January 19, 2015.

15/12/2014 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

E-Rare-3: launching of an international call for proposals on rare diseases

The French National Research Agency, in collaboration with European and Canadian partners, is launching a new call for transnational proposals to promote research on rare diseases. This call comes under the E-Rare-3 programme, the fifth ERA-NET coordinated by ANR. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 18, 2015

01/12/2014 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Preannouncement: a European call for proposals on sustainable and resilient agriculture soon to be online

Along with its partners from the Joint Programming Initiative “FACCE”, the French National Research Agency will launch a call for European projects on sustainable and resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems. This European initiative entitled “FACCE SURPLUS” gathers 14 countries. The call is expected to open on January 7, 2015.

28/11/2014 Europe & International, Research and Science, Funding opportunities

Hosting high-level researchers: the first grant recipients have been selected

In an international context of researcher mobility, "Hosting high-level researchers" is a new funding instrument that aims to enhance France’s attractiveness by offering top foreign researchers excellent hosting conditions at French research institutions. The first round resulted in the selection of 28 world class researchers who will be carrying out projects entailing a high level of excellence. Nearly two-thirds of these researchers are from European countries.

26/11/2014 Research and Science

Toward a better understanding of the origins of life on earth

The Philae robot lander is currently exploring the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet. On board the spacecraft is the COSAC device, whose mission is to analyze the chemistry of certain organic compounds in the comet’s core – compounds that may help to unlock the secrets of how life began on earth. This device and the analyses it will be carrying out are related to research being carried out in connection with the CHIRGEN project, a Franco-Mexican undertaking that since 2012 has been jointly funded by the French National Research Agency and Mexico’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (National Council of Science and Technology) (CONACYT).

21/11/2014 Research and Science

Climate: a cuddly toy to monitor the state of health of penguins

The Southern Ocean plays a major role in the regulation of the world's climate. From an ecological viewpoint it is one of the most productive regions of our planet. It harbours, among other things, the largest communities of seabirds, whose state of health depends directly on the resources of the sea. The large decrease in numbers in the majority of these bird populations suggests a major disturbance in this ecosystem. In order to assess the vulnerability of the Southern Ocean with respect to environmental changes, the PICASO project team has focused its attention on penguins in particular. Aided by a remote-operated vehicle (rover) "disguised" as a penguin chick, the scientists are studying their reproduction and survival on the scale of the population and on each individual bird. The aim is to obtain a better understanding of the overall state of health of this ocean.

05/11/2014 Research and Science

A project for a vaccine against hepatitis C and B rewarded by the French National Academy of Medicine

The Hepatibivax project funded by ANR under the 2011 edition of the Emergence programme has been awarded the Drieu-Cholet prize from the National Academy of Medicine for its progress in the development of a vaccine targeting the viruses of both hepatitis B and C. The prize will be handed over to Philippe Roingeard, the project coordinator, on 16th December.

31/10/2014 Research and Science

Aupalesens: Proposing new solutions to fight malnutrition in the elderly

Faced with the considerable problem that malnutrition of the elderly represents, the AUPALESENS project has demonstrated the effectiveness of sensory levers on dietary intake and the pleasure of eating, thereby helping our senior citizens to "age well". Details