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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.

11/09/2014 Funding opportunities

Generic call for proposals 2015: the starting signal for the submission of proposals is given

On July 10, 2014, the French National Research Agency (ANR) launched a generic call for proposals for the second consecutive year. This is the main funding opportunity for the financial year 2015. Four types of projects are expected in this framework: Collaborative research projects (PRC), Collaborative research projects involving enterprises (PRCE), Young researchers, and Collaborative international research projects (PRCI). The submission websites are now open.

11/08/2014 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Preannouncement: two Euro-Mediterranean calls for proposals to be launched shortly

In order to develop research between Mediterranean countries, ANR is underpinning the French public and private research policy by supporting French teams wishing to develop partnerships with countries of the southern and eastern banks of the Mediterranean Sea. As of this Autumn, ANR will thus be publishing two international calls for proposals along with its European and Mediterranean partners. These calls will be launched under the ARIMNET 2 and ERANETMED initiatives.

08/08/2014 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Preannouncement: the ORA international call for proposals in social sciences will soon be online

In order to build a European research area in social sciences, the French National Research Agency (ANR), the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Netherlands Scientific Research Organisation (NWO) and the United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) joined forces a few years ago within the framework of the "Open Research Area for the social sciences" agreement. Their aim is to fund collaborative research projects in the field of social sciences. These agencies will publish a fourth call for proposals scheduled for opening in late September 2014.

05/08/2014 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

The ARGOS robotics challenge: 5 international teams selected

The aim of the ARGOS challenge is to design the first autonomous surface robot for use on hydrocarbon production sites. Thought up and funded by Total, the call for proposals was organised by ANR. Five projects have been selected further to the evaluation phase which mobilised a large number of peer reviewers. The five international teams are now going to face one another in three successive competitions. They have less than three years in which to create a robot capable of performing inspection tasks, detecting anomalies and intervening in emergency situations.

24/07/2014 Europe & International, Funding opportunities

Preannouncement: a joint German-French-Japanese call for projects on exascale computing, available soon online

The French National Research Agency (ANR) plans to issue a call for international collaborative projects, in conjunction with the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST). The initiative, known as Software for Exascale Computing, or SPPEXA-2, will support research in the interest of meeting the challenges entailed by the emergence of computing and data processing capacities on an unprecedented scale. The call is planned to open on 15 September 2014.