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 ​collaborative – International (PRCI).​

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 2020: The SNSF and the ANR have agreed to take turns as the Lead Agency on a yearly basis. In 2020, Lead Agency applications with France can only be submitted to the SNSF.

Deadline at the SNSF: 1 April 2020, 17.00 CET

French project partners do not need to pre-register 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.