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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.

16/07/2014 Funding opportunities, ANR

Publication of Work Programme 2015 and opening of the generic call

On 26 June 2014, ANR’s Governing Board adopted the Work Programme 2015. This document describes the essential elements of the initiatives and calls for proposals issued by the ANR for the financial year 2015, and sets out the research priorities for 2015 and the funding instruments available. It is addressed to all scientific communities and all public or private players involved in French research and in particular SMEs.

10/07/2014 Europe & International, Research and Science

Global environmental change: France is in the consortium that will ensure the secretariat of "Future Earth"

ANR, along with the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, and the alliance Allenvi, is part of the international consortium that has just been designated to ensure the secretariat of Future Earth, the newly created global programme dedicated to sustainable development. The consortium will bring together France, the USA, Japan, Quebec and Sweden. This type of shared structure will give global visibility to this initiative to address environmental changes. This flagship research programme, which is to span the next ten years, is presented below.