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