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ANR-DFG French-German Collaboration for Joint Projects in Natural, Life and Engineering 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.

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

The deadline has passed. Submissions are closed. The ANR review and selection process among more than 400 correctly submitted proposals is ongoing.

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.

Call ANR-DFG NLE 2022

Another edition of this call can be expected for 2022, with DFG being the Lead Agency. This means, there will not be a pre-registration/pre-proposal stage. Full proposals will essentially have to be structured according to the template for DFG’s research grants (Sachbeihilfe), with a deadline probably early in January 2022. More details will follow in due time.

Contact for general questions about ANR-DFG NLE:

Contacts for questions specific to your research discipline: