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07/11/2011 Fundings

The ERA-Net BiodivERsA 2012 call for proposals is now launched

The BiodivERsA “Pan-European call for international research proposals on biodiversity dynamics: developing scenarios, identifying tipping points and improving resilience” was launched on November 1st, 2011. 10 countries have confirmed their participation in this transnational programme: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey. The total provisional amount of the call is over 6 M€. Scientific teams from these countries will be invited to form transnational research consortia with a total of at least 3 different countries participating in the call, and to submit proposals before the 16th of February 2012. Nevertheless, a mandatory pre-registration of the projects (title, summary, consortium and preliminary budget figures) will have to be done before the 15th of December 2011.

28/10/2011 Fundings

Transnational call for proposals in the framework of the ERA-Net CHIST-ERA

The Consortium of CHIST-ERA (European Coordinated Research on Long-term Challenges in Information and Communication Sciences & Technologies ERA-Net) brings together into partnership national research funding organisations in Europe: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom and Switzerland. Under the coordination of the ANR, CHIST-ERA is launching its second call for proposals:

29/09/2011 Fundings

Partnership between ANR and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in view of joint funding of stem cell projects

The ANR and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine ( have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming at strengthening cooperation between France and California in the field of stem cell research. This agreement has already led to the organisation of a French-California workshop held at the ANR in July 2011 with about ten researchers from each country.

16/09/2011 Research and Science, Highlights

Results of the second ANR FLASH call "Great Tohoku Earthquake"

Nine French-Japanese proposals have been selected within the framework of the ANR Flash (*) call "Great Tohoku Earthquake". This call had been open from June 17th to July 18th, 2011, following the major earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11th March 2011; it was coordinated with the JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency) in order to strengthen the French-Japanese cooperation on those fields. The French scientific community did react very positively, with 33 proposals submitted.

14/09/2011 Fundings

ANR-NSF French-American calls for proposals in the fields of chemistry and materials

In the framework of the ANR-NSF collaboration in the fields of chemistry and materials, two French-American calls for proposals will be launched in the Blanc International I programme which will open at the beginning of October and close at the end of January. ANR's and NSF's programme schedules are different. The MWN and ICC calls for proposals of the NSF are already open.

08/09/2011 Research and Science

Discovery of a gene playing a key role in the mechanism of conversion of a healthy brain into an epileptic one

Temporal lobe epilepsy is the most common form of epilepsy in adults. It usually appears after some form of trauma to the brain, such as head injury or an infection like meningitis. In the framework of the projects ANTARES and MINOS funded by the ANR, Christophe Bernard, Head of Research at Inserm, and his team in Marseille (Inserm Unit 751 “Epilepsy and Cognition”), in collaboration with an American team, have discovered a gene that plays a key role in the mechanism underlying the conversion of a healthy brain into an epileptic brain. This gene is activated in the wake of some initial trauma to the brain and controls the expression of 1,800 other genes the disturbance of which plays a role in constructing an epileptic brain. The therapeutic interest of inhibiting the action of this “switch gene” in rats is immediately obvious.

31/08/2011 Conferences and events

FORUM AAL 2011 - Lecce, Italy, 26-28th September 2011

The 3rd edition of the AAL Forum will provide a unique knowledge-sharing platform to discuss the way forward of innovations for active and independent ageing. The ANR is member of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme, a joint research and development funding programme implemented by 20 European Member States and 3 Associated States. The programme receives a substantial financial support - based on article 185 of the EC treaty - from the European Commission.

18/08/2011 Conferences and events

"Innovation and partnerships for patients" - Colloquium RARE 2011, Montpellier, 2-4th November 2011

The programme of the Rare 2011 event is now available! Initiated and organised by the Eurobiomed Competitiveness Cluster and widely supported by local and national public and private partners, the Rare and Orphan Diseases Colloquium reached its objectives in 2009 by bringing together over 300 health professionals, thus making it a benchmark event in the fight against rare diseases in Europe. The event will be pursuing one of its main objectives in 2011, that of serving as a public/private collaborative platform through intensified partnerships between the key players in research and industry.

12/07/2011 Research and Science

ANR IMMEMO project wins the 2011 challenge "Facial Expression Recognition and Analysis"

A French team won the challenge "Facial Expression Recognition and Analysis" (FERA 2011). The team includes researchers from four institutions:
  • University of the Antilles and Guyana (LAMIA, L. Prevost, Pr)

  • University Pierre et Marie Curie (ISIR, V. Rapp, PhD, T. sénéchal, PhD)

  • Supélec (IETR, R. Séguier, Pr et H. Salam, PhD)

  • Télécom ParisTech (LTCI, K. Bailly, Post-Doc)
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