The ANR is joining the CIRM RFA (Request for Applications, termed Call for Proposals in France) 11-03, BASIC BIOLOGY AWARDS IV (BBA IV) to fund collaborative research projects between Californian researchers and French researchers.
The objective of this call for proposals is to fund Californian-French driven basic research projects that tackle outstanding issues in relation to understanding the biology of human stem cells.
Californian-French research proposals must focus on elucidating basic molecular and cellular mechanisms and should utilize pluripotent stem cells, adult stem cells, and/or their differentiated derivatives. They must cover at least one of the following areas:
As described in the RFA 11-03, CIRM funding under this initiative will be prioritized towards studies utilizing human cells, although CIRM will exceptionally fund research necessitating the use of animal model systems if the proposed studies are groundbreaking and highly innovative. The ANR, however, does not have any restrictions regarding the “material” used to address the scientific questions (i.e. human stem cell lines or animal models & cells). What is important for the evaluation of the French-Californian joint proposals is that they must show an added value to the collaborative work, with complementary approaches that should lead to a higher impact for the project.
Grant applications must be submitted jointly by a coordinator from each country/state: a Californian coordinator, termed PI, and a French coordinator, termed Partner PI. The PI and Partner PI each coordinate the work in their country and are respectively the main contact persons for CIRM and ANR.
Other researchers (called partners in France) may participate in a proposal. These partners are called "key personnel" in the text of the call for proposals (RFA-11-03), and in the Full-Application form. The CIRM procedure specifies that the "key personnel" do not appear in pre-application form. The ANR, however, would like to know the names of these partners. Therefore, the French coordinator will have to complete a French annex (« Fiche annexe française ») with a description of the requested budget for each French partner (maximum of 6 French partners). Please visit http://www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/Cellules-souches-ANR-CIRM for further information.
Submission of an application for this RFA involves a two-step process, as described in section VIII of RFA 11-03:
Additional information can be found at the CIRM website (http://www.cirm.ca.gov/rfa/rfa-11-03-cirm-stem-cell-biology-iv). The “Annexe pour les participants Français », in French, and the « Fiche annexe française » can be found at the ANR website (see below)
Please note that the Californian part of the grant will be funded by the CIRM and the French part of the grant will be funded by the ANR. If selected for funding, each French partner (partner PI and key personnel) involved in a given project will have to sign a grant with the ANR. French applicants are therefore subject to the ANR eligibility criteria and the funding of French applicants will be regulated according to the ANR rules. Please read carefully the “Annexe pour les participants Français” (see below).
Dr. Natalia Martin
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