Organisation and Governance

The French National Research Agency (ANR) is a public administrative body under the authority of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. Its organisation and operation are defined in the decree of 1 August 2006, amended on 24 March 2014.

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

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 12 February 2020. The rules of its operation are set by the decree on the organisation and operation of the ANR.


Thierry Damerval, ANR President and CEO

As representatives of the Minister of Research:

  • Bernard LARROUTUROU, full member, Director General of Research and Innovation;
  • Damien ROUSSET, substitute;
  • Mélanie JOBER, full member, Financial Affairs Director;
  • Guilhem DE ROBILLARD, substitute.

As representatives of the Minister of Higher Education:

  • Anne-Sophie BARTHEZ, full member, Director General of Higher Education and Employability (DGESIP);
  • Caroline OLLIVIER-YANIV, substitute.

As representatives of the Minister of Industry:

  • Benjamin DELOZIER, full member, Deputy Director General for Enterprise;
  • Arnaud DELAUNAY, substitute;
  • Benoît LEGAIT, full member, President of the Technology and Society Section, General Council of the Economy, Industry, Energy and Technology (CGEIET);
  • Jacques SERRIS, substitute.

As representatives of the Minister of the Budget:

  • Alban HAUTIER, full member, Chargé de la 3e sous-direction du budget, Ministère de l’Action et des comptes publics ;
  • Colin THOMAS, substitute.

As qualified representatives from the major science fields, including at least one representative of the Conference of Heads of Higher Education Institutions:

  • Jean-François Balaude, full member, President of Paris Nanterre University and President of the ATHENA Alliance;
  • Lise Dumasy, substitute;
  • Antoine Petit, full member, CEO of CNRS and Vice President of the ATHENA Alliance;
  • Stéphanie Thiébault, substitute;
  • Christine Cherbut, full member, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs at INRA;
  • Jean-Paul Moatti, substitute, President of the ALLENVI Alliance;
  • Carine Giovannangeli, full member, Deputy Director of the Molecular and Structural Foundations of Life Institute (CNRS/Inserm);
  • Gilles Bloch, substitute, President of the AVIESAN Alliance;
  • Bruno Sportisse, full member, CEO of INRIA and President of the ALLISTENE Alliance;
  • Bernadette Dorizzi, substitute;
  • François Jacq, full member, Director of CEA and President of the ANCRE Alliance;
  • Michèle Rousseau, substitute.

As qualified representatives from the business world chosen for their competence in the field of research and technological development:

  • Stéphane Cueille, Group R&T and Innovation Director, Safran;
  • Philippe Tcheng, former President of Sanofi Aventis Groupe;
  • Marie-Noëlle Semeria, Group Research and Development Director, Total;
  • Catherine Truffert, CEO of IRIS Instruments.

As Vice President of the National Strategic Council for Research:

  • Pascal Colombani.

As staff representatives:

  • Jannatul Mia, full member
  • Rémi Grodzki, substitute
  • Angela Samaan, full member
  • Célestin Bakala, substitute

In addition, attending the Board in an advisory status:

  • The Chair of the Governing Board of the public establishment BPI-Groupe or their representative
  • The French General Commissioner for Investment or their representative
  • The Deputy Director General for Administration & Budget
  • The Budget Controller
  • The Accountancy Officer

Scientific Advisory Panel

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:

  • The preparation of the ANR’s annual Work Programme and the report on its implementation,
  • Work to evaluate research provision and analyse its impact,
  • The creation or abolition of the Agency’s scientific departments, together with their naming and scope,
  • The appointment of the heads of scientific departments and the renewal of their functions.

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.

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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:

  • Bruno Chaudret, research director of the CNRS and a member of the French Academy of Sciences;
  • Yuko Harayama, former executive member of the Japanese prime minister’s Science and Technology Council;
  • Nathalie de Noblet-Ducoudré, research director at the CEA and a member of the French Academy of Agriculture;

Figures from the business world chosen for their knowledge about the operation and constraints of national research, development and innovation funding agencies:

  • Valérie Mazza, science and innovation director at Limagrain group and a member of the French Academy of Technology;
  • Roseann O’Reilly Runte, president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation;
  • Pascal Viginier, president de of the French Academy of Technology and advisor to the chairman of Orange.

The ANR budget

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:

  • The Generic Call for Proposals (AAPG),
  • Specific calls for proposals,
  • Projects outside calls for proposals (resources for the French National Cancer Institute, responsible for calls for proposals in the field of cancer, and the “préciput”, which is funding allocated to institutions hosting research projects).

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

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.

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