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Work Programme 2016

On 18 June 2015, the ANR Governing Board adopted Work Programme 2016 (WP 2016), a document outlining ANR's actions and calls for proposals for the 2016 budget exercise. Work Programme 2016 is the agency roadmap for the year to come; it presents the research priorities for 2016 and the funding instruments offered to researchers by ANR.  The Work Programme is directed towards the scientific communities, for academia and industry alike (especially SMEs and intermediate-sized companies).

Part of the national and European research funding mechanisms

The Work Programme falls within the scope of the Strategic Agenda for Research and Transfer and Innovation "France Europe 2020", elaborated in coordination with the European Framework Programme "Horizon 2020". WP 2016 was also drafted in accordance with the National Research Strategy  (SNR), promulgated by the higher education and research law of 22 July 2013. The SNR, in accordance with the Strategic Agenda, "strives to take up scientific, technological, environmental and societal challenges through the promotion of high-quality basic research."

As it puts together the Work Programme, ANR canvases the national thematic Alliances1  and the CNRS for proposals. The agency also consults with Scientific Challenge Steering Committees for feedback on the previous year's campaign.  Lastly, in the section on societal challenges, ANR's Work Programme 2016 integrates France's research priorities, defined in the SNR document. In this way, the Work Programme is prepared in coordination with the French Research Ministry. Prior to its adoption, the Work Programme is brought before numerous technical ministries by the Operational research committee.

Four cross-cutting components

Work Programme 2016 is divided into four cross-cutting components, each endowed with its own budget. Each component also has its own separate funding instruments, calls for proposals, and distinct programmes:

  1. Major societal challenges
  2. At the frontiers of research
  3. Building the European Research Area (ERA) and France's international attractiveness
  4. Economic impact of research and competitiveness

Different funding instruments available

ANR has designed and deployed a range of funding instruments for performing the roles assigned to it by French public research and innovation policy and to meet the needs of the project-based research community. Three types of tools are available: funding instruments dedicated to individuals, instruments meant for research collaborative research and funding for project initiation. All available funding instruments are outlined in Work Programme 2016.

Each funding instrument has its own raison d’être, specific expected impacts, and distinct characteristics in terms of selection and follow-up/monitoring. At the time of project submission, researchers must choose which of these instruments will best serve their projects' needs and scientific objectives.

A significant portion of the funding offering combined into a single generic call for proposals

Holding a generic call for proposals allows for the mutualising of a large number of individual components' actions. A description of the generic call can be found in the document detailing submission procedures and selection processes.

Specific calls for proposals are also launched alongside the generic call. These correspond to specific research instruments (OH Risk, LabCom, Industrial Chairs, Carnot, Hosting high-level researchers, Setting up European or International Scientific Networks, Astrid, etc.), or to specific European and international calls (bilateral and multilateral calls, calls launched under the ERA-NETs and JPIs). Each call for proposals will be launched with its own call text and a dedicated calendar (Follow along on ANR's website and Twitter page).


 [1]  Allenvi (Alliance for environmental research), Allistene (Digital science and technology alliance), Ancre (National alliance for the energy research coordination), Athena (National alliance for social sciences and the humanities), Aviesan (National alliance for life sciences and healthcare sciences).