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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 2019 edition are going to be 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 2020

The 2020 edition of the ANR-DFG collaboration in natural, life and engineering sciences (NLE) will take place with DFG having the role of the ‘lead agency’, i.e., DFG will be responsible for processing the proposals and conducting the review process. However, the proposals need to be submitted to both ANR and the DFG using their respective web interfaces.

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.

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

The eligibility requirements on the side of ANR are documented in the generic call for proposals 2020 (AAPG 2020) at

In particular, note that commercial partners are not admissible.

Step 1:

Prepare your project description based on the structure and numbering defined by the template. The sections up to section 3 (Bibliography) of the proposal must not exceed 20 pages; sections 4 and following do not count in this limit.

The project description must describe the whole project (French and German sides, and their interaction) and justify all requested funds, both from ANR and from DFG, respectively. The maximal project duration is 36 months.

Step 2:

Submit your 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, at latest on 6 January 2020. The French partners may request an account, too, in order to provide themselves their correct contact information. However, the latter is not compulsory.

Submission to DFG opens on 13 November 2019 and is possible until 9 January 2020 (whole day until midnight).

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 2020 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).

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

Step 3:

Submit your proposal to ANR according to the instructions of ANR (AAPG 2020 and the specific annex for ANR-DFG proposals). See:

This has to be completed by 10 January 2020, 1 p.m. (Paris time). Note that there has not been a pre-proposal stage for these bilateral proposals.

The final decision after selection by the DFG and confirmation by ANR can be expected to be available in October 2020, with a start of funding at the beginning of 2021. 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 2020:

Contacts for questions specific to your research discipline:

Contact for questions concerning the submission to ANR: