The ANR is administered by a Governing Board and directed by its President and CEO. The President and CEO is assisted by one or more Deputy Directors General and a Scientific Advisory Panel. The Deputy Directors General are appointed by the Agency’s President for a renewable term of five years. At least one of the Deputy Directors General is responsible for administration.
By decree of the French President, responding to a proposal from the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Thierry Damerval was appointed President of the ANR on 8 December 2017.
The Governing Board rules the institution’s affairs through its deliberations and decisions. This includes pronouncing on the overall organisation of services and the Agency’s internal regulations, the orientations of its Work Programme, the policy for awarding and managing grants and the ANR’s budget and financial accounts.
Its members were appointed by the decree of 10 March 2021. The rules of its operation are set by the decree on the organisation and operation of the ANR.
As a discussion body, the Scientific Advisory Panel assists the ANR President and CEO in the strategic management of the Agency. Subjects on which the CEO requests its opinion include:
It may also be asked to provide an opinion by the Governing Board or the CEO. Its composition, the procedure for appointing its members and its rules of procedure are set out by the ministerial order of 10 September 2015.
Chaired by Pierre Corvol, president of the French Academy of Sciences and honorary director of the Collège de France, the new Scientific Advisory Panel consists of:
Figures from outside the ANR, including foreign contributors selected for their scientific and technical knowledge in the Agency’s areas of activity:
Figures from the business world chosen for their knowledge about the operation and constraints of national research, development and innovation funding agencies:
The ANR has an overall budget that consists of a funding budget, dedicated to financing project-based research, and an operating budget to ensure the proper management of the Agency and all its processes (selection, project monitoring etc.).
The resources of the funding budget come mostly from the funding subsidy allocated by the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and, to a lesser extent, co-funding through partnerships with institutions. This budget enables grants to be committed to the selected projects over the financial year, divided between:
In 2019, the ANR’s research funding budget was €708.3M.
The operating budget (management, staff etc.) is mostly financed by the public service subsidy, management fees received by the ANR from organisations providing joint project funding and reimbursement by the General Investment Secretariat (SGPI) for ANR expenditure in managing the Investments for the Future programme.
In 2019, the ANR’s operating budget was €36.05M in commitment authorities.
Signature delegation is a form of delegation of authority. It is an internal organisational method by which the President and CEO offloads a part of their responsibility by appointment a deputy who will take decisions in the CEO’s name, but only in areas that have been delegated and within the limits of the deputy’s authority.