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The French National Research Agency (ANR) was established by the French government in 2005 to fund research projects, based on competitive schemes giving researchers the best opportunities to carry out their projects and paving the way for ground-breaking new knowledge. The main mission of ANR is to fund the best basic research, but also targeted and applied research in particular through partnerships between companies and public sector laboratories. Its action is thus intended to support French research excellence at both academic and technological levels by means of a rigorous selection process based on evaluation by peer review. Finally, it is also the ANR's mission to strengthen international cooperation by contributing in particular to the funding of international consortia in partnership with other funding agencies in Europe and beyond. The ANR 2014 Work Programme, adopted on 26 July 2013 by its Governing Board, comes under the framework fixed by the "France Europe 2020" Strategic Agenda presented by the Minister for Higher Education and Research on 21 May 2013. In the context of the Work Programme 2014, ANR launched a generic call for proposals and received 8,471 pre-proposals including 8,444 eligible proposals. Peer review of projects is in progress. ANR funds are available in all scientific fields, for both fundamental and industrial research. Since 2010, ANR has also been the principal operator of the Investments for the Future Programme in the field of higher education and research. In this role it ensures the selection, funding and monitoring of projects relating to the centres of excellence, health, biotechnologies, and the transfer of technology and the creation of value from research. Since its inception in 2005, the ANR agency awarded approximately 10,000 grants, and among those 4,000 around biology and health. In 2012 for example, 1,301 projects were awarded for 6,829 submitted, representing an amount of 555 M€. Developing European and international collaborations is one of the priorities of the ANR. The ANR has participated / is participating in 35 ERA-NETs, such as ERASysBio, NanoSci-ERA, Pathogenomics, EMIDA, Priomedchild, E-RARE-2, NEURON II, as well as in 7 JPIs (JPND, JPAMR, JPI HDHL, JPI MYBL, FACCE, Climate, Ocean), the article 185 AAL, and multiple bi- and multi-lateral collaborations. In addition, the ANR is currently coordinating four ERA-NETs (CHIST-ERA, EuroNanoMedII, Infect-ERA and Flag-ERA).

Role in the project

ANR is in charge of WP4 (Organisation and management of CONCERT open RTD Calls) to organise and manage the two “CONCERT open RTD Calls” that will take place in the first and second year of the CONCERT project, which involves the preparation of the call, the establishment of the joint call secretariat and the implementation of the call. Regarding other programmes, the Biology and Health Department of the ANR participates in many transnational initiatives, including 7 ongoing ERA-NETs and 4 JPIs, as workpackage leaders (NEURON II), task leaders (FLAG-ERA, ERASynBio), joint transnational call coordinators (SIINN), and even ERA-NET coordinators (EuroNanoMed II and Infect- ERA).

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