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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.

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).