Open – 2022

Generic call - 2022

The Generic Call for Proposals 2022 (AAPG 2022) is the French National Research Agency’s (ANR) main call. It is directed towards all scientific communities and all public and private players involved in French research. It is designed to give researchers in various scientific fields access to co-funding in a large number of research themes, basic or applied, in addition to their allocated recurrent funding.

Opening : 2021-07-20 at 16h00 CEST
Deadline for pre-proposals submission : 2021-10-28 at 17h00 CEST

Opening: 2021-07-20
Opening for pre-proposals submission: 2021-09-30 at 13h00 CET
Deadline for pre-proposals submission: 2021-10-28 at 17h00 CET
Opening for full proposal submission: mid-February 2022
Deadline for full proposals submission: mid-March 2022

Funding instruments

The Generic Call for Proposals 2022 involves five funding instruments, each with its own specific submission and evaluation procedures. These instruments aim to fund:

  • individual research projects coordinated by young researchers (JCJC)
  • ambitious and innovative research projects led by a team or a laboratory, within the reintroduction of the "Single Team Research Project" (PRME) instrument
  • collaborative research projects between public entities in a national (PRC)
  • collaborative research projects between public entities in a bilateral international context (PRCI)
  • collaborative research projects between public and private entities with a potential opening to the world of business (PRCE).

Research themes

AAPG 2021 is divided into 56 research themes, each with its own Scientific Evaluation Panel (CES). When researchers submit a proposal, they select the scientific theme – and therefore the Scientific Evaluation Panel – that most closely relates to the scientific purpose of their research. This choice cannot be changed mid-way through the selection process.

  • There are 37 research themes across seven main scientific fields: environmental sciences, energy and materials sciences, digital sciences, life sciences, social sciences and humanities, mathematics and its interactions, and physics of matter, high-energy, Earth and universe sciences.
  • There are 19 research themes covering cross-disciplinary challenges and integrating issues from various scientific fields.

Provisional schedule for AAPG 2022

Stage 1   

  • July 2021        Publication of Work Programme 2022 and AAPG 2022
  • September 2021    Publication of the AAPG 2022 Guide
  • September 30, 2021   Opening of website for stage 1 submissions (JCJC, PRME, PRC, PRCE) and registrations (PRCI)
  • October 28, 2021    Closure of stage 1 submission
  • February 2022        Publication of stage 1 results
  • End of February 2022        Opening of stage 2 submission website

Stage 2

  • End of February 2022    Opening of stage 2 submission website (JCJC, PRME, PRC, PRCE and PRCI)
  • End of March 2022        Closure of stage 2 submission website
  • End of May 2022         Rebuttal stage
  • July 2022    Publication of first results (JCJC, PRME, PRC and PRCE)
  • July/September 2022          Grant agreement phase

Registration of PRCI proposals

All “International Collaborative Research Projects” (PRCI) proposals for which ANR acts as the Lead Agency, or for which there is no Lead Agency, must be registered in phase 1 of AAPG 2022. All PRCI proposals registered with ANR in phase 1 qualify for phase 2 provided that the project in question is eligible. The aim of this measure is to ensure that the PRCI submission and selection process is managed efficiently within the AAPG 2022 process.

Who can submit a proposal?

AAPG 2022 is open to all grant-holding researchers belonging to an organisation, establishment or public or private research laboratory eligible for ANR funding. Applicants can be involved in a maximum of three proposals submitted to ANR under AAPG 2022 and the bilateral call Fr-All SHS 2022: no more than one as coordinator and two as principal investigator for a project partner, or up to three as principal investigator for a project partner. A coordinator of a PRC, PRCE, PRCI, PRME or JCJC proposal selected for funding under AAPG 2021 cannot submit a PRC, PRCE, PRCI, PRME or JCJC proposal as coordinator for AAPG 2022. However, the researcher may act as a partner’s principal investigator. In addition, a JCJC project coordinator cannot act as the coordinator for another PRC, PRCE, PRCI, PRME or JCJC project while the initial JCJC project is ongoing.

Evaluation criteria

Panel members and external experts use the same set of criteria to evaluate pre-proposals and full proposals submitted for the AAPG.

  • In phase 1, the evaluation process is guided by two key criteria: the quality and scientific aims of the proposal (determining criterion), and how it is organised and implemented, including several sub-criteria.
  • In phase 2, the evaluation process is guided by three key criteria: the quality and scientific aims of the proposal, how it is organised and implemented, and what the impact and benefits of the project will be. Again there are several sub-criteria, which differ according to the chosen funding instrument.

View the evaluation criteria and procedures in the text of AAPG 2022.


For questions about administrative and financial aspects of your proposal: aapg.adfi(at)

For questions about scientific aspects of your proposal:   

For questions about the submission website: Please, indicate in your email:

  • the evaluation panel and the acronym of the project
  • the email address (login) used to login
  • a description of your actions and the error message you received (eventually, attach a screenshot)
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