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Projects and ResultsWork Programme 2015Building the ERA and France's international attractivenessPRCI: Collaborative research projects – International

Bilateral collaborations under the generic call for proposals: the PRCIs

The generic call 2015 enables researchers to submit bilateral projects with certain countries. These international projects are in direct competition with national projects. To this end, ANR has created the "PRCI" instrument, a French acronym for Collaborative Research Projects – International.

ANR has created partnerships with various foreign counterparts to facilitate international collaborations between researchers:

  • For some collaborations, a project can be submitted on all the themes proposed in the generic call;
  • For others, the thematic field is limited. For those partnerships targeting specific themes, ANR and its counterparts aim to continue the theme over two or three years to encourage the emergence of high-quality projects.

Whatever the case, strong synergies are expected and should be materialised by a balanced involvement of the French and foreign partners and by the designation of a scientific coordinator in each of the countries.

The conditions of proposal submission and evaluation vary according to the country. This information is available in the generic call for proposals and in the appendices dedicated to international collaborations.

Case n°1: Simultaneous submission and evaluation by each agency

For certain partnerships, the French and foreign coordinators must submit their proposal to their respective funding agency simultaneously, complying with the conditions of each one. The funding agencies manage the evaluation of the proposals in accordance with their own specific procedures and then coordinate their decisions on the projects to co-fund.

For the French candidates, this type of project must be submitted to the ANR's generic call for proposals using the PRCI instrument.

Case n°2: "Lead agency" procedure

The "lead agency" procedure is one of the most sophisticated forms of bilateral partnership between agencies. The main aim of this procedure is to facilitate the proposal submission formalities for the researchers. It also simplifies the selection process, which is carried out by a single agency using its own specific methods.

The "lead agency" principle is based on transparency and mutual confidence between two funding agencies, with the "lead" agency taking charge of the reception, evaluation and selection of the projects on behalf of both countries.

For 2015, ANR is ensuring the reception and evaluation of the projects on behalf of the agencies for Germany (DFG), Switzerland (FNS), Austria (FWF) Luxembourg (FNR) and Brazil (FAPESP, State of Sao Paulo), therefore only the French principal investigators submit the project to ANR. They select the "PRCI" instrument of the generic call

Bilateral collaborations under the generic call for proposals - the PRCIs at a glance

Country Eligible collaboration themes
Germany All the societal challenges and the all-knowledge challenge of the generic call
Austria All the societal challenges and the all-knowledge challenge of the generic call
Brazil – State of Pernambuco Neurosciences, cardiovascular diseases and metabolism
Marine research
Social sciences and humanities
Brazil – State of Sao Paulo Neurosciences, cardiovascular diseases and metabolism
Marine research
Social sciences and humanities
Canada All the disciplines eligible within the frameworks of both the SPG programme of the Canadian agency and the generic call of ANR
China Water security and watershed management
  • Water cycling in watershed and its response to global change
  • Impacts of human activities on water security in watershed, remediation and water management
Infectious diseases
India Neurosciences
Engineering sciences (including among others:
material science, chemistry, smart transport, energy, mechanics,
manufacturing)
Hong Kong All the societal challenges and the all-knowledge challenge of the generic call, except for societal challenge 9 "Freedom and security of Europe, of its citizens and of its residents"
Luxembourg All the societal challenges and the all-knowledge challenge of the generic call
Mexico All the societal challenges and the all-knowledge challenge of the generic call
Romania ELI (Extreme Light Infrastructure)
Research Infrastructure (DANUBIUS)
Singapore Materials, nanotechnologies, nanosystems
Switzerland All the societal challenges and the all-knowledge challenge of the generic call
Turkey Marine Geosciences
Seismic risks,
Sustainable development of Marine ecosystem,
Social science and Humanities
Energy
ICT
Taiwan All the societal challenges and the all-knowledge challenge of the generic call, except for societal challenge 9 "Freedom and security of Europe, of its citizens and of its residents"

: Lead Agency

In practice

For all PRCI-type collaborations, the candidates must refer to the appendices of the generic call which detail the specific procedures for each country. The PRCIs are integrated in the generic call but have a specific submission calendar. In effect, their evaluation will be carried out in a single step.

The PRCI principal investigators must as of now pre-register their project via a dedicated site, then submit their full proposal at the same time as the collaborative research projects (PRC), collaborative research projects involving enterprises (PRCE) and young researchers projects (JCJC). The deadline for pre-registration is 18th November 2014 at 13h00 (1 pm Paris time).

 

Worth knowing

It is also possible, outside these bilateral agreements, to submit projects in collaboration with one or more foreign teams from any country. In this case, the foreign teams must ensure their own funding (from their own funds or their own country's funding instruments). The applicant must submit the project using the "PRC" or "PRCE" instrument of the generic call, not the "PRCI" instrument.