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

Results of the preceding edition of this call

The results of the 2020 edition are published at

The French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and the Deutsche Forschungs-
gemeinschaft (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 2021

The 2021 edition of the ANR-DFG collaboration in natural, life and engineering sciences (NLE) will take place with ANR having the role of the ‘lead agency’.

Consequently, all relevant rules of ANR, including those mentioned in the appendix for French-German proposals, have to be respected. They can be found at:

Note that from the viewpoint of the DFG, this call a special case of the DFG’s Research Grants programme (Sachbeihilfe), with a few additional provisions explained below.

Also note that proposals in space technology, nuclear research and defense cannot be funded under this call.

Step 0:

You need to comply with the usual eligibility rules of the DFG and ANR.

For the DFG, see the general rules of Research Grants.

Notably, if applicable to you, the duty to cooperate (Kooperationspflicht) for members of non-university research institutions has to be fulfilled with universities in Germany.

For ANR, see the link mentioned above.

In particular, note that commercial partners are not admissible.

Step 1:

ANR requests a pre-registration until 1 December 2020 at 1 p. m. The French coordinator of a joint project needs to declare the intention to submit a project under this call and to provide formal information about the planned project proposal.

There is no equivalent to this requirement on DFG’s side.

Step 2:

Provided eligibility checking is successful, ANR will notify the French coordinator and inform about the deadline for the submission of a full proposal (foreseen for April 2021).

Full proposals for joint bilateral research projects in natural sciences, life sciences, and engineering sciences can only be submitted by applicants with valid pre-registration.

Full proposals have to be prepared in English according to ANR’s guidelines and to be submitted electronically, first via ANR’s submission site.

Step 3:

Submit a copy of your joint proposal to DFG at

This is only possible if all applicants on the German side have a valid account with up-to-date contact information on elan. If not, please request/update your account as early as possible. The French partners may request an account, too, in order to provide themselves their correct contact information. However, the latter is not compulsory.

The period for submission to DFG will be announced here in due course.

Please submit your proposal under Proposal Submission – New Project as a “Proposal for a Research Grant” in the Individual Grants Programme, and select the call “Frankreich-ANR-DFG 2021 NLE” during the submission process.

Only the funds requested from the DFG need to be entered in the elan web forms
(for every German applicant), for a maximal project duration of 36 months.

The corresponding French applicants need to be entered as “cooperation partners” in the elan web forms.

The final decision after reviewing and selection by ANR and confirmation by the DFG can be expected to be available in October 2021, with a start of funding at the beginning of 2022. Funding will be awarded to the selected projects according to the general financial regulations of the ANR and DFG, respectively.

Contact for general questions about ANR-DFG NLE:

Contacts for questions specific to your research discipline: