Rapport d'activité 2018


by Thierry Damerval
ANR President and CEO

Guaranteeing that the best projects are selected, regardless of their origin, discipline or institution, and whether the research is basic or applied, is ANR’s guiding principle.

This objective relies on both competitive, independent selection, based on the scientific expertise of peers, and a quality approach that enabled the Agency to achieve ISO 9001 certification in 2018 for all its project selection processes.

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Chiffres clés 2018
Faits marquants
The ROSE challenge at the Paris International Agricultural Show

In the presence of the Minister of Agriculture, ANR, the French National Metrology and Testing Laboratory (LNE) and Irstea presented the outlines and time scales of this innovative technology challenge aiming to reduce the use of pesticides in intra-row weed control.

In honour of women in science

Marking International Women’s Day, ANR gave the floor to women in science: four researchers funded by the Agency presented their work on gender equality and gender issues.

Launch of the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Strategy by the French president

ANR is mobilising its funding opportunities, including strengthened support for AI projects in its Generic Call for Proposals. In July, it launched a call for expressions of interest as part of the third Investments for the Future programme (PIA 3) to identify centres that could be awarded the Interdisciplinary Artificial Intelligence Institute label, a priority research programme*.

* Scientific management by INRIA

Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA): 14 new awardees in France, 13 in Germany

Launched by the French president, the MOPGA initiative aims to combat climate change and is a PIA3 priority research programme*. Following the second wave of applications, under joint French and German management, 14 new awardees in France and 13 in Germany will join the selected laboratories

* Scientific management by CNRS

ANR receives ISO 9001 certification

Following an audit conducted by AFNOR, ANR obtained ISO 9001 certification for all its project selection processes, including processes involving management and corporate management.

ADEME/ANR days :
innovation for the energy transition

Nearly 300 participants explored the research work underscoring the energy transition supported by ADEME and ANR. Over 90 projects were presented, some with prospects for industrial partnerships or start-up creation.

Meeting funding recipients

Starting in 2017, the Agency organises an annual series of meetings to present its financial regulations and its evolution to the administrative and financial staff of research institutions and companies receiving funding.

5th edition «At the Crossroads of Research and Artistic Creativity» organised in collaboration with the Avignon Festival

Artists at the Festival and researchers in the humanities and social sciences, psychology, cognitive neuroscience and behavioural science compared their approaches to games and rules in human communication, life in society, power and personal identity.

First results of the 2018 Generic Call for Proposals (AAPG)

Covering three instruments within the Generic Call for Proposals, the first results were consolidated in early 2019 with projects on additional lists and PRCIs* selected with international partner agencies.

* International collaborative research projects

Signature of DORA

Alongside many other organisations, ANR signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which encourages fairer evaluation of scientific research. For example, DORA emphasises the need to judge projects on their quality rather than the reputation or impact of their publications.

LabCom conference

Over 400 participants, researchers, companies and research institutions came together to discover and discuss the LabCom programme, which aims to support the creation of laboratories shared between public research organisations and companies.

The third ANR Tour

The ANR Tour visited over 20 cities in mainland France and the overseas territories thanks to support from research and higher education institutions. Over a month, more than 2,500 participants discussed the Work Programme, the terms of the calls for proposals and the evaluation process with the Agency.

Open science: ANR supports Plan S

ANR joined cOAlition S, a European initiative promoting free access to scientific publications. This commitment aligns with France’s National Open Science Plan, launched in July by the French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

Anses-ANR scientific meetings:
occupational health research

These meetings reviewed the results of research supported by ANR and Anses in occupational health and the challenges of analysing professional risks to better combat and prevent pathologies associated with work environments.

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Global Security (WISG)

Organised with the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DGRI), the Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and the General Secretariat for Defence and National Security (SGDSN), WISG brought together nearly 200 players to focus on the scientific and societal issues of global security.

Evaluation of 115 LabEx

115 LabEx (Laboratories of Excellence) from the first Investments for the Future programme were evaluated by a panel of 79 international scientists. The 103 projects with a positive assessment will receive additional funding over five years.

Soutenir les meilleurs projets scientifiques

The French National Research Agency is the funding agency for project-based research in France. It contributes to the outreach and attractiveness of French research in Europe and worldwide. In 2018, ANR funded 1,471 projects.


ANR's primary mission is project-based research funding. The diversity of the work supported by ANR is illustrated in concrete terms by 25 projects in five categories.

National collaborative
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Young researchers
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collaborative projects
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for the future
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La structure de l'ANR

of the Agency

ANR is a public administrative institution under the authority of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. Its organisation and operation are defined in the decree of 1st August 2006, amended on 24th March 2014.

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In-depth dialogue between management and staff led to several initiatives being deployed in 2018 in the areas of quality of life in the workplace and career support for employees.

The budget
of the Agency

The ANR budget consists of a funding budget, which is devoted to funding research projects and an operating budget, which enables it to implement all its processes.

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