Marc Boli, Administrative and Financial Manager in the Contract Department of the Grant Agreement and Funding Division (DCF)
How did you start working at the ANR?
A native from Orly, in Val-de-Marne, I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Economic Administration from the University of Évry-Val d’Essonne, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Management of Local Authorities at Paris XII.
Before I arrived at the ANR, I worked as a Training Assistant for another public institution. My contract was about to end, and I wanted to breathe new life into my career when I found a job offer from the ANR, to which I successfully applied. I was happy because ever since I was a child, I have been watching lots of scientific documentaries.
What is your role at the ANR?
As an administrative and financial manager, I monitor the drawing up of contracts between beneficiaries and the ANR, and I implement the amending decisions that punctuate the life cycle of projects - for example, the change of administrative supervision for a coordinator.
I manage four Generic call for proposals (AAPG) panels and the specific calls of the Digital Technology and Mathematics Department, namely 786 beneficiaries. I work closely with Scientific Project Officers (SPOs). During kick-off meetings, I present the administrative and financial part to the beneficiaries and answer their questions. I also take part in the quality audit, so our procedures can be ISO 9001 certified. They are particularly rigorous. Just to give you an idea, the documents I draw up are checked by four people after me!
What do you like the most about your position?
What I like most is the human relationship with the beneficiaries. A Scientific Officer calls me, he needs his convention quickly; I reassure him and find a way to comply with his request. I have increased responsibilities, I am becoming more experienced, but I have not covered all existing issues! During the health crisis, my team was highly active in funding the Flash, Research-Action, and Resilience calls. It made sense to quickly prioritise all these projects.