Funding – 2011

FLASH JAPAN – Great Tohoku Earthquake


Following the major earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11th, 2011, the French and Japanese research agencies (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, ANR, and Japan Science and Technology agency, JST, respectively) agreed to open a common call to promote urgent research activity related to this major disaster.

The aim is to support immediate research and investigations requiring the acquisition of information and rare data that would not be possible to acquire in common situations. It aims to promote the production of new scientific results related to a rare and large-scale event.

On the ANR side, this call belongs to the "Flash" call category which had been initiated for the Haiti earthquake in 2010. This call type allows for the selection and financing of research projects in a shorter period of time (3 to 4 months) without infringing the basic principles of the agency (competitive call for proposals, peer review). It is however slightly modified to accommodate the joint procedure with JST.


This ANR "FLASH" / JST “J-RAPID” coordinated call is open to any research proposal dealing with the Great Tohoku, March 11, 2011 earthquake, the detailed analysis of the event itself and of all its components and consequences, and the lessons to be learnt regarding the prevention of earthquake and tsunami disasters, excluding topics related to the nuclear industry and radiation safety.

This call is fully open, non thematic: its scope encompasses all fields that have been affected by this giant event. All scientific fields are acceptable provided they are in close connection with the earthquake and its aftermaths. Particularly, proposals are expected on the analysis of the huge data set gathered during that event, possibly including their enrichment with new field measurements.

Proposals must include at least one French and one Japanese research teams.


Opening : 2011-06-17 at 10:19 CEST
Application Deadline : 2011-07-18 at 13:00 CEST

The project must be submitted by the coordinating partner electronically before the deadline on the website available on this link. (the submission website will open on June 21st, 2011)

Each partner must then sign and scan the submission document and upload it on the submission website before August 1st, 2011 at 13h00 (Paris time).


Technical, scientific, administrative and financial questions:

Miss Sophie Lebonvallet (Tel: +33 (0)1 73 54 81 81 ; E-mail: sophie.lebonvallet(at)

ANR Programme Director:

Mr Pierre-Yves Bard (E-mail: pierre-yves.bard(at)


Consult the upcoming and current calls of the portal

The portal centralises all information on calls for proposals and calls for applications from ADEME, ANR, Inserm including ANRS, Anses and INCa. It provides a simplified access to upcoming and ongoing calls, giving a greater visibility to funding opportunities. Following their closing date, the calls remain published for a few months.


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