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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

23/11/2014 Research and Science

DEVHOM: First large-scale study of homoparental families in France

Launched in March 2014, the DEVHOM study aims at acquiring knowledge on the socialisation and identity development of children who are currently growing up in same-sex parent families, subjects as yet little explored in France. The scientists who initiated this study, which is funded jointly by ANR and the CNAF (French National Family Fund), are currently seeking volunteer families to participate in it.

03/10/2014 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Preannouncement: A France-Germany-Canada call for proposals on "epigenomics of complex diseases" will soon be online

The Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) together with the Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQS), decided to join forces in a multilateral joint transnational call for proposals to support epigenomics of common and complex diseases. This call is likely to open in Fall 2014, with an anticipated submission deadline in early 2015.

03/10/2014 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Generic call 2015: encouraging international projects

ANR promotes collaborative research in Europe and the world, thereby stimulating the emergence of high-level scientific partnerships between French and foreign teams. To meet this objective, it proposes a funding instrument baptised PRCI, the French acronym for "Collaborative Research Projects - International". This instrument, which can be used under the 2015 generic call for proposals, enables French teams to submit projects in collaboration with a number of other countries.

22/09/2014 Research and Science

Yves Robert rewarded for his work on high-performance computing

Yves Robert is one of the global specialists in algorithmic research. He is the first European to receive the IEEE TCSC (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers - Technical Committee on Scalable Computing) Award for Excellence, which rewards the work of a researcher in the field of high-performance computing. In 2010, ANR supported his RESCUE project, which focused on the resilience of scientific applications on exascale machines. ANR is delighted to see this recognition of his work.

12/09/2014 Highlights, ANR

Michael Matlosz appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of ANR

Professor Michael Matlosz has been appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of the French National Research Agency (ANR). A member of the National Academy of Technologies of France and a PhD holder from the department of chemical engineering of the University of California, Berkeley, Prof. Matlosz was previously the Deputy Scientific Director General at the French agency. He succeeds Pascale Briand who has held the position of Director General since January 2012.