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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.

03/02/2015 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Preannouncement: a forthcoming European call for proposals on the theme of biodiversity

The French National Research Agency (ANR) is going to launch a new large-scale call for proposals in collaboration with about thirty partners from some ten countries within the framework of the BiodivERsA ERA-NET. This European initiative aims at promoting transnational research on biodiversity. Opening of the call is scheduled for May 2015.

02/02/2015 Research and Science

LabCom Archipex, working to develop new drug formulations

Continuing a fifteen-year collaboration, the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research) and IPSEN, a private company, announced the creation of a joint laboratory at the end of 2014. Baptised Archi-pex (from "Peptidic architectures and formulations"), this structure will be supported for three years by ANR through the LabCom instrument.

29/01/2015 Funding opportunities

World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships: Call for candidates 2015

Every year the Robert S. McNamara programme gives the opportunity to PhD candidates from developing countries to conduct innovative, development-related, PhD research under the supervision of a research advisor at a host institution abroad for a 6-10 month period. Deadline for applications: February 11, 2015.

29/01/2015 Research and Science

Claims and nutritional messages: what are the impacts on consumer choices?

When consumers choose their food, they are faced with a lot of information that is often contradictory. Recommendations from health authorities, positions adopted by experts in the media, messages disseminated by the food industry, etc. How do consumers interpret these different messages? Do they influence their choice of what they eat? It is with the aim of examining these questions, and the impact of claims in particular, that the ALLEGNUTRI project was set up. Funded in 2006 under the ANR's National Programme on Food and Nutrition (PNRA), its results were presented at the end of 2014 at a conference organised by the FFAS - Fonds Français Alimentation & Santé (French Fund for Food and Health).

15/01/2015 Europe & International, Funding opportunities, Conferences and events

Call for contributions: Franco-Japanese symposium on Molecular Technology

On 9th March 2015, the French National Research Agency (ANR) is organising in Paris, in partnership with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), the first Franco-Japanese symposium on "Molecular Technology". In this context, ANR is addressing a call for oral presentations and posters to the French scientific community involved in this area. Application submission deadline: 15th February 2015.

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