France

At the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR), the Lead Agency process has been integrated into the funding scheme "Projet de recherche collaborative international" (PRCI).

SNSF-ANR applications are part of the project funding scheme at the SNSF. Applicants can have a maximum of two ongoing grants at the same time in this scheme, but only if they clearly address separate topics.

In both countries the maximum project duration is four years.

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

Submission 2023:

The SNSF and the ANR have agreed to take turns as the Lead Agency on a yearly basis. Lead Agency applications with France may only be submitted to the ANR, regardless of whether the larger portion of the project budget is requested in Switzerland or in France. A submission at the SNSF is not possible.

For the submission of a proposal in at the end of March 2023, a pre-registration at the ANR by the French partner is necessary.

Deadline for the pre-registration: 7 November 2022, 17.00

Any submission that isn’t pre-registered is automatically excluded. A registration at the SNSF is not necessary.

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.