The aim of the Blanc International programme is to provide a significant stimulus to ambitious scientific projects that are competitive on an international level, are highly original and break away from traditional research paths.
By launching transnational calls for proposals targeting collaborations with several countries in strategic domains, the ANR gives French researchers the opportunity to begin or to further their scientific collaborations, and thereby hopes to give rise to European and international teams of excellence.
Thus, to facilitate and encourage the setting up, deployment and cofinancing of the bilateral transnational projects proposed by French and foreign teams, the ANR has concluded specific cooperation agreements with several foreign funding agencies.
ANR funding of a project selected under this call for proposals shall be key to the success of the project, and clearly aim at enhancing the international competitiveness of French scientific research in the sector concerned.
In order to accommodate the constraints of the various foreign agencies in their programme schedule, the Blanc International Programme 2011 has been divided into two parts: the Blanc International I Programme and the Blanc International II Programme.
The present call for proposals concerns the Blanc International I programme. The Blanc International II call for proposals will open in January 2011.
This "Blanc International I" call for proposals only concerns proposals made jointly with foreign teams who qualify according to the cooperation agreements mentioned in the call text. The 2011 edition of the Blanc International I Programme concerns proposals made jointly with American teams; other countries might be added to this "Blanc International I" framework later on, depending on the programme schedules of the foreign funding agencies; in this case they will be announced on this website.
The conditions of submission and selection common to all the agreements made with the foreign funding agencies are described in this document. The conditions specific to each country / funding agency are detailed in an appendix specific to each country / agency for that call for proposals.
The titles of the Evaluation Panels for the Blanc International I Programme and the list of key words associated with each panel are given in an appendix to the call for proposals. This information will enable the project coordinators to identify the panel in charge of their scientific theme. Reminder: a given project cannot be registered for two different ANR calls for proposals with the same year of edition.
The complete submission file comprises two documents that must be filled out:
The "submission document" constitutes the administrative and financial description of the project. It is completed online on the submission website. For foreign partners, only names and contact details need to be provided. Once scanned in PDF format and signed by the French partners, the French coordinator must upload it to the submission website before 13h00 on 02/02/2011 (Paris local time - GMT + 1 hour).
The "scientific document" is the scientific and technical description of the project. The document template is available in Word format (*.doc) on the ANR website on the page dedicated to the call for proposals. Once completed, this document is to be uploaded to the submission website. Deadline for electronic submission is 19/01/2011 at 13h (Paris local time - GMT + 1 hour).
ANR PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
Ms Nakita VODJDANI