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Projects and ResultsWork Programme 2017“Major Societal Challenges” & “At the Frontiers of Research” components

“Major Societal Challenges” & “At the Frontiers of Research” components

The French Research Ministry has requested that the French National Research Agency organise a significant portion of its Work Programme 2017 around nine major societal challenges spelled out in the “France-Europe 2020” Strategic Agenda (except for the space sector, under the authority of CNES):

  1. Efficient resource management and adaptation to climate change
  2. Clean, secure and efficient energy
  3. Industrial renewal
  4. Life, health and well-being
  5. Food security and demographic challenges
  6. Sustainable mobility and urban systems
  7. Information and communication society
  8. Innovative, inclusive and adaptive societies
  9. Freedom and security of Europe, its citizens and its residents

The "Major societal challenges" component groups basic knowledge acquisition and targeted, often applied research under one heading.

These components are subject to the generic call for proposals and uses all available instruments enabling funding of collaborative research projects in a national or international context (PRC and PRCI respectively) and possibly involving the business world (PRCE) or individual research projects coordinated by young researchers (JCJC).

The “At the Frontiers of Research” component introduces an additional challenge, known as the "Other Knowledge" challenge. The goal of this challenge is to give all scientific communities the opportunity to fund projects not falling within the scope of the nine societal challenges listed above.