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Information for Researchers No. 75 | 6 November 2019
New Edition of the French-German Collaboration for Proposals in the Natural, Life and Engineering Sciences (ANR-DFG 2020 NLE)

The French Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) are continuing their annual collaboration for French-German projects in the Natural, Life and Engineering Sciences.

This is based on an agreement signed by both agencies in 2018, establishing joint French-German projects as a standard offer within the DFG’s research grants programme.

For the 2020 edition of this call, DFG will act as the lead agency, i.e., joint (full) proposals describing the bilateral projects as a whole have to be submitted firstly to DFG, which will be responsible for processing them and conducting the review process. The ANR will require a copy of the documents to be submitted on its dedicated web portal. Please note that there is no pre-proposal stage.

Submission of (full) proposals for joint bilateral research projects – with exception of space technology, nuclear research and defense – is possible electronically via DFG’s elan portal starting 13 November 2019 and at latest on 9 January 2020 (until midnight). In order to submit a proposal, all applicants on the German side need an active account on elan with up-to-date contact information. If this is not the case, please set up or update your account as early as possible, at latest on 6 January 2020.

The corresponding submission to ANR, using the same acronym and identical proposal documents, is required before 10 January 2020 at 1 p.m. on ANR’s submission website, where administrative and financial data relevant for the ANR have to be entered. Please refer to ANR’s website for details, notably to the generic call for proposals 2020 page and the ANR-DFG annex.

Please note that proposals in the social sciences and humanities must be submitted in the dedicated ANR-DFG call in social sciences and humanities (with separate 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:

  • DFG’s dedicated webpage for this call provides more ample information with regular updates.
  • In particular, 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 2020. Funding will start with the beginning of 2021.

Further Information

For further information from the DFG concerning eligibility criteria, the submission process, contacts and status updates please refer to:

Information concerning ANR’s rules and procedures is available at:

Results of the edition 2019 are available at:


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