Lead Agency process with France

Under the Lead Agency process, a joint application by researchers in Switzerland and France can be submitted to one of the two national research funding organisations. The submission process is governed by the provisions in force at the relevant organisation.

At the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR), the Lead Agency process is limited to the funding scheme Projet de recherche (PDR).

In both countries the maximum project duration is 4 years.

At approximately 13 per cent, the success rate of the ANR is significantly lower than the SNSF rate.

Submission 2018: The SNSF and the ANR have agreed to take turns as the Lead Agency on a yearly basis. In 2018, Lead Agency applications with France may only be submitted to the SNSF. No further applications can be submitted this year. The next submission deadline is expected to be in April 2019.

If the SNSF acts as Lead Agency, the French partners need to submit the application also at the ANR.

If you are planning to submit your Lead Agency proposal in a language other than English (only possible in certain disciplines of the humanities and social sciences), you will need to discuss this with all of the involved agencies in advance.

As the ANR does not request a data management plan (DMP), you need to complete the DMP data container on mySNF. The DMP covers all research data which are generated or used during the project.

July 2018