Funding – 2021

Specific Support for Defence Research Projects and Innovation (ASTRID) - 2021

The French National Research Agency (ANR), in partnership with the French Defense innovation Agency (AID) and Armaments Procurement Agency (DGA), has launched the 2021 ASTRID programme, providing "specific support for defence research projects and innovation". The programme is entirely funded by the AID and implemented by ANR.

ASTRID positions itself as a programme dedicated to supporting research projects of a highly exploratory and innovative nature.  Maximum funding is €300 k and project duration is between 18 and 36 months. Applications for such research are dual-use (both civilian and military).

This call for proposals aims to:

  • Open up new research areas and maintain innovation efforts on topics of defensive interest in accordance with the guidelines of DGA orientation document DROID 2020.
  • Explore scientific and technical blockages by promoting skills development and identifying technological breakthroughs, a source of innovation beneficial to defence and civilian research and industry.

Follow-up projects may be submitted within the ASTRID Maturation programme or AID funding mechanisms such as RAPID.

The transverse nature of the ASTRID programme is borne out by the following thematic areas : Information engineering, Cybersecurity, Fluids, structures, Acoustic and radioelectric waves, Nanotechnology – sensors and components, Photonics, Materials, Chemistry and energy, Biology – health and CBRN, Men and systems, social science for management of innovation.

Intellectual Property (IP):

Intellectual property clauses will be applied in order to preserve the feasibility of applications.

Opening : 2021-01-14 at 16:00 CET
Application Deadline : 2021-03-02 at 13:00 CET

For additional information, please contact us.

Funded projects


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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