The 2022 Work Programme describes the actions and calls for proposals proposed by the French National Research Agency (ANR) for the coming year, thus giving all scientific communities and all public or private actors involved in French research, general visibility of its funding offer. It falls within the framework of the 2021-2030 Research Programming Law (LPR), which consolidates ANR's missions and strengthens its resources, and of the Recovery Plan for 2021-2022.
Developed in consultation with institutional research stakeholders (see below), the 2022 Work Programme integrates the priority research orientations of our country and takes into account the contributions of the five National Research Alliances, CNRS, the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), and the orientations and priorities of the MESRI. It serves to express part of the research efforts carried out by France to support our society in the face of the major challenges it faces, in connection with the lines defined in the “Horizon Europe” plan of the European Commission, or the “Sustainable development objectives” (SDO) of the United Nations.
Changes were made to the 2022 edition of the Work Programme, both in terms of the funding instruments implemented, and the content of the research themes of the Generic Call for Proposals (AAPG).
The AAPG is mobilising five funding instruments, i.e. one more than in 2021. These instruments serve to fund individual research projects carried out by young researchers (JCJC); ambitious and innovative research projects carried out by a team or a laboratory as part of the reintroduction of the “Single-team research project” (PRME) instrument; collaborative research projects between public entities in a national (PRC) or international (PRCI) context; and between public and private entities opening up to the business world (PRCE).
The research themes of the AAPG are also evolving, particularly within the field of humanities and social sciences, to better take into account the disciplinary or interdisciplinary dimensions specific to each scientific sector or shared by several of these same disciplinary sectors. The AAPG now includes 56 research themes (i.e. 6 more than in 2021), including 37 research themes presented within 7 disciplinary fields, and 19 themes corresponding to transversal issues (trans- or interdisciplinary). Every theme corresponds to a scientific evaluation panel (CES).
As part of its 2022 Work Programme, ANR is also implementing:
In the exceptional health context, the Covid-19 priority is renewed throughout the 2022Work Programme, all instruments and programmes included, to continue support actions and long-term research related to the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences.
The strategic priorities defined by the State and the implementation of government plans below are also renewed:
They will be linked, where necessary, with the “Priority research programmes and equipment” (PEPR) which form part of the managed component of the 4th investments for the future programme (PIA4). Particular attention is paid to interdisciplinarity, particularly within lines of research that cut across several scientific fields. Finally, the 2022 Work Programme also aims to consolidate France's participation in the future framework programme of the European Commission, along with the intensification of multilateral and bilateral strategic collaborations, in particular Franco-German cooperation.
ANR reaffirms its commitments to respect the principles of ethics and scientific integrity, the development of a policy to reduce gender inequalities in Higher Education and Research (ESR), open science, the promotion of scientific, technical and industrial culture (CTSI), and compliance with the Nagoya Protocol on access to genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. It strengthens its values and commitments by implementing:
ANR relies on the seven Programming Advisory Panels, corresponding to the five areas of national research alliances, along with Mathematics, and all aspects of Physics, to develop the 2022Work Programme. These panels bring together representatives of ANR, the Ministry in charge of Research, other ministries, national research alliances, CNRS, the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), and private research.