Science with and for society: the selected projects of ANR’s first SAPS call for proposals, “Scientific mediation and communication”

Strengthening the interactions between science, research and society is a key priority requiring a better understanding of the practices used and the development of innovative tools and mechanisms. This is why, as part of a multi-year SAPS (science with and for society) programme dedicated to promoting scientific, technical and industrial culture (CSTI), the French National Research Agency (ANR) launched an initial Research-Action call for proposals at the end of July 2021 on the theme “Scientific mediation and communication”.

The call is based on the insight that there is a need for scientifically defined criteria making it possible to analyse and evaluate the impact of mediation and communication initiatives aimed at target groups; recognise the constituent elements involved in planning these activities effectively; identify favourable factors and obstacles; and develop potential solutions. The call was aimed at researchers already involved in scientific work in this field or wishing to develop new directions for research on this theme.

Following the evaluation process, 15 projects were selected for total ANR funding of €1.161 million, out of the 56 eligible proposals submitted for the call. The selection rate for the call is thus 26.8%.

  • The ADDEME project, “Appropriation of scientific messages and health mediation in working-class neighbourhoods”, coordinated by Alexandra Soulier (Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology – CNRS)
  • The AGADO project, “Agriculture according to French teenagers: cultural representations and transitions”, coordinated by Pierre Hilson (National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) – Versailles Grignon Centre)
  • The ASMODEE project, “Analysis and design of unplugged IT mediation situations”, coordinated by Eric Duchêne (Image Computing and Information Systems Laboratory (LIRIS) – CNRS)
  • The CourtISS project, “Knowledge brokerage to reduce social health inequalities in Ile-de-France”, coordinated by Valéry Ridde (Population and Development Centre – CEPED)
  • The DoMeSCO project, “Data and scientific mediation: lessons from Covid-19”, coordinated by Jérôme Denis (Interdisciplinary Innovation Institute – CNRS)
  • The FabLab-MORE project, “FabLabMORE – the mediation, optimisation, re-documentation and importance of knowledge”, coordinated by Vincent Liquète (Bordeaux Montaigne University)
  • The IDILIC project, “Inform, debate, interact locally, survey ideas and knowledge”, coordinated by Arnaud Tessier (Chemistry and Interdisciplinarity, Synthesis, Analysis, Modelling – CNRS)
  • The KIDIVAX project, “Evaluating the impact of an education and communication kit on vaccination for young audiences”, coordinated by Hugo Mercier (Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris – ENS Paris)
  • The LivMed project, “Evolving the role of books in mediation: from a documentary tool to a mechanism of mediation”, coordinated by Aude Inaudi (Communication Issues Research Group – University of Grenoble Alpes)
  • The OPTIMIST project, “A critical approach to evaluating mediation tools”, coordinated by Gwenaël Kaminski (Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées Community of Universities and Institutions)
  • The ORDisPaM project, “Organising and receiving participatory mechanisms for mediation”, coordinated by Jean-Claude Ruanoborbalan (National Conservatory of Arts and Trades – CNAM)
  • The QUBOBS project, “Representations and outreach mechanisms for quantum computing”, coordinated by Sophie Laplante (Basic Computer Science Research Institute – CNRS)
  • The REDURISK project, “REDURISK: From scientific recommendation to citizen adoption: reducing fire risk in a sensitive region”, coordinated by Céline Pascual (Mediterranean Institute of Information and Communication Science – University of Aix Marseille)
  • The REFORMS project, “Reinforcing the ecosystem for training in scientific mediation”, coordinated by Jean-Marc Galan (Internet and Society Centre UPR2000 – CNRS)
  • The SenS project, “Science in Society”, coordinated by Virginie Albe (Institute for the Social Science of Politics – ENS)

The SAPS multi-year programme of calls for proposals

The call for expressions of interest issued at the end of February 2021 generated an exceptional response, involving scientific communities and CSTI players and covering a wide diversity of themes. Following this call, ANR initiated a multi-year programme of SAPS calls for proposals in two sections.

The first section, “Research-Action”, includes several themed calls aiming to support research projects with a strong focus on applications (implementing solutions). These projects can last 12 to 24 months. The maximum grant is €80k per project.

The second section, “Mobilising researchers for CSTI and scientific mediation”, includes several calls for project coordinators who have already been selected for the 2018 to 2022 Generic Call for Proposals (AAPG). The goal is to award them additional funding for them to develop their research work, designing and conducting their initiatives in partnership with local, regional and national organisations focusing on scientific culture (CSTI centres, university cultural departments, museums, cultural stakeholders etc.).

Find out more:

SAPS-RA-MCS 2021 call for proposals: Science with and for society – Research-Action – Scientific mediation and communication

Science with and for society: the calls for proposals in ANR’s multi-year SAPS programme

Last updated on 22 February 2022
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