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: 8 April 2020, 17.00 CET

The deadline for the parallel submission to the ANR has been postponed to 23 April, 2020, 13.00.

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.

If you submit an application under the Lead Agency process to a foreign partner organization which serves as Lead Agency or as part of an ERA-NET call, you have to complete the DMP on mySNF once the project is approved, regardless of whether a DMP is requested by the foreign partner organization/by the consortium. The DMP covers all research data which are generated or used during the project and has to comply with the SNSF Open Research Data Policy.