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French-German Calls for Joint Projects in Natural,       Life and Engineering (NLE) Sciences

Results of the preceding edition of this call

Starting from 15 October, the results of the 2018 edition of these calls are available at

(see at the bottom: projets sélectionnés); the applicants have been notified individually.

The French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG; German Research Foundation) have agreed to continue publishing annual calls for French-German projects in the natural, life and engineering sciences (excluding space technology, nuclear research and defence).

Responsibility for the administrative processing and the review process for proposals submitted under these calls alternates annually between ANR and the DFG.

Proposals in social sciences and humanities must be submitted in the dedicated ANR-DFG call for social sciences and humanities (with separate deadlines). This includes transdisciplinary projects when the proposed approach is mainly centred on social sciences and humanities, and/or when the principal investigator is from the social sciences/humanities.

Call ANR-DFG NLE 2019

For the 2019 edition of the ANR-DFG joint calls in natural, life and engineering sciences, ANR will act as the ‘lead agency’, i.e., proposals must first be submitted to ANR, which will be responsible for processing them and conducting the review process.

Full proposals for joint bilateral research projects in natural sciences, life sciences, and engineering sciences can only be submitted by applicants who have pre-registered with ANR. Please note that proposals in space technology, nuclear research and defence cannot be funded under this call.

Full proposals must be submitted electronically, firstly via ANR’s submission site, then also via the DFG’s elan portal.

For details of ANR’s pre-registration and submission process, please consult ANR’s general call document:

as well as ANR’s specific annex for French-German projects:

Please note:

  • This joint call is part of the DFG’s Research Grants funding programme, i.e., all provisions of that programme apply unless otherwise specified. For details about research grants, see Interner Linkwww.dfg.de/formulare/50_01/
  • Proposals must be submitted in English, based on the template provided by ANR.
  • The eligibility rules of ANR and the DFG apply respectively to the French and German applicants in a joint proposal. In particular, scientists from German non-university institutions, who are subject to the duty to cooperate, must fulfil this duty with a partner from a German university. See also Interner Linkwww.dfg.de/formulare/55_01/
  • Commercial partners cannot be involved in joint ANR-DFG projects.
  • The duration of the projects can be up to three years.
  • The same modules which are available in DFG research grants are available within this call.
  • The scientific assessment of all applications will be made by ANR in accordance with its general rules; the DFG and ANR will jointly approve a final selection of projects to be funded.
  • If approved, research projects will be funded by each partner organisation according to its national rules. Funding will be awarded from the regular budgets of ANR and the DFG.
  • Decisions can be expected in October 2019. Funding is expected to commence in late 2019 / beginning of 2020.

Submission with DFG:

Proposals must be submitted through the DFG’s elan portal.

In this portal, after logging in, please go to “Proposal Submission”, then “New Project”, then “Individual Grants Programme”, then “Proposal for a Research Grant”. In the online form, please select the call “Frankreich-ANR-DFG 2019 NLE” and make sure that the same project acronym is used both by the French applicants for submission with ANR and by the German applicants for submission with DFG. In order to submit a proposal to DFG, all applicants from German research institutions need to be registered (for applicants in France, registration is possible but not compulsory). Those who do not yet have an account in elan, please make sure to register with DFG until March 18, since registration needs to be confirmed by DFG staff. If your personal data has changed since your last DFG contact (e. g., new affiliation), please also update your information in elan before that date.

Submission of proposals is possible with ANR from February 19 to March 26 (1 pm Paris time). Please submit the DFG part of the proposal between February 19 and March 26 (until midnight) through our portal. In elan, please enter the German applicants and their funding request to DFG, and mention the French applicants as cooperation partners. Please upload all electronic documents submitted to ANR also to DFG during the submission process. Keep in mind that the project description, which is prepared according to ANR’s template, must also contain a justification of the funding request to DFG. In those cases, where according to DFG’s guidelines, additional documents are necessary for DFG, please upload them only to DFG.

Detailed information on proposal submission to ANR:

Contact for general information about registration and proposal submission to ANR:

Contact for specific information about rules and requirements for the ANR-DFG 2019 NLE Call:

For scientific queries specific to your discipline, please contact the responsible scientific programme director at the DFG: