Selected – 2011

Specific Support for Research Works and Innovation Defense (ASTRID)

The French National Research Agency launches in partnership with the Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) a programme called 'ASTRID': Specific support for research works and innovation defense. This programme is funded entirely by the DGA and is housed at the ANR which ensures its implementation.

ASTRID is  a programme dedicated to support small research projects with a highly exploratory and innovative nature, with a duration of less than 36 months and whose applications are dual (both civilian and military).

It aims to:

  • Stimulate the opening of new research ways and maintain the innovation effort on topics of interest to the defense in line with the guidelines posted on the POS, the basic research policy of the DGA,
  • Explore scientific and technical hard points by promoting skills development and identification of technological breakthroughs.

The ASTRID programme seeks to identify potential breakthroughs, source of innovation beneficial to defense field, civilian research and industry.
It is expected that the follow-up in those projects can be undertaken within the framework of other ANR thematic calls for proposals or other funding mechanisms such as PEA Programmes, upstream studies of the DGA.


The transversal nature of the ASTRID programme refers to the 9 following thematic areas:

  • Information Engineering and Robotics
  • Fluids, Structures
  • Acoustic waves and radiowaves
  • Nanotechnology
  • Photonics
  • Materials, chemicals and energy
  • Biology and Biotechnology
  • Men and Systems
  • Environment and Geosciences


Opening : 2010-12-20 at 10h35 CET
Application Deadline : 2011-03-22 at 13h00 CET

Click here to find more information on the ASTRID call for proposals (call text, submission files, etc.)

Project submission online on the submission web site.


Ms. Christiane Matingou
+33 1 78 09 80 53
E-mail: christiane.matingou(at)

Mr. Hugues Duchaussoy
+33 1 73 54 82 78
E-mail: hugues.duchaussoy(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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