Information für die Wissenschaft Nr. 103 | 23. November 2023

New Edition of the French-German Call for Proposals in the Natural, Life and Engineering Sciences (ANR-DFG 2024 NLE)

The French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) are continuing their annual joint calls for French-German projects in the Natural, Life and Engineering Sciences. This is based on an agreement signed by both organisations, which was confirmed by the DFG’s Joint Committee (“Hauptausschuss”), establishing joint French-German projects as a standard offering within the DFG’s research grants programme.

For the 2024 edition of this call, the DFG will act as the lead agency, i. e. joint proposals describing the bilateral projects as a whole have to be submitted to the DFG as a first step. The DFG will be responsible for processing them and conducting the review process. The ANR will require a copy of the documents to be submitted via its web portal. Note that there is no draft proposal stage on either side.

Submission of proposals for joint bilateral research projects is possible electronically via the DFG’s elan until 10 January 2024 (until midnight). In order to submit a proposal, all applicants on the German side need an active elan account with up-to-date contact information. If this is not the case, please set up or update your account as early as possible and no later than 5 January 2024.

The corresponding submission to the ANR, using the exact same acronym and identical proposal documents, is required before 11 January 2024 at 5 p.m. on the ANR’s submission website, where administrative and financial data relevant for the ANR have to be entered. Please refer to the ANR’s website for details, in particular to the generic call for proposals 2024 page and the specific ANR-DFG annex.

Please note that proposals in the social sciences and humanities must be submitted under the specific ANR-DFG call in the social sciences and humanities (with different deadlines). This also applies to transdisciplinary projects when the proposed research approach mainly centres on these fields and/or when the principal investigator is from the social sciences/humanities.

Please be aware that:

  • The DFG’s webpage for this call provides more ample information with regular updates.
  • There, you find a template for these joint proposals, which are to be written in English.
  • The respective eligibility rules of ANR and DFG apply to the applicants of a joint proposal.
  • Commercial partners cannot be involved in joint ANR-DFG projects.
  • The duration of the projects can be up to three years.
  • Decisions can be expected in October 2024. Funding will start with the beginning of 2025.

The results of the 2023 edition are also available through the DFG’s webpage.

Equity and Diversity

The DFG strongly welcomes proposals from researchers of all genders and sexual identities, from different ethnic, cultural, religious, ideological or social backgrounds, from different career stages, types of universities and research institutions, and with disabilities or chronic illness.

Good Research Practice

Please note that according to a resolution of the DFG General Assembly, as of 1 August 2019, DFG funding may only be awarded to institutions that have implemented the guidelines laid down in the Code of Conduct for Safeguarding Good Research Practice in their own regulations in a legally binding manner. This means that also for international proposals, funding from the DFG can only be received if the guidelines for safeguarding good research practice (see link below) have been implemented by the German applicant´s institution. If you have any questions on this subject, please contact the Research Integrity Team at the DFG Head Office (see contact below). Further information regarding the implementation can be found on the Research Integrity website (see link below).

Further Information

More information on ANR-DFG 2023 NLE is available under:

Please note the DFG’s data protection notice on research funding, which can be viewed and downloaded at:

If necessary, please also forward this information to those persons whose data the DFG processes because they are involved in your project.

Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice – Code of Conduct:

Information on the implementation of the Guidelines for Safeguarding Good Research Practice (Code of Conduct):

Contact of the DFG´s Research Integrity team (Good Research Practice):