The French National Research Agency (ANR) has just published the second edition of the “Hosting High-Level Researchers” call. This funding instrument dedicated to individuals and open to all scientific fields enables “junior” or “senior” researchers from any country to carry out an ambitious research project in a reputed institution in France. The ANR funding is designed to help French laboratories fulfil their role as host and researchers to conduct their research. The call closing date is scheduled for 29th May 2015.

It is open to all scientific domains and targets two researcher profiles: leading “senior” scientists whose career is widely recognised at global level, and young researchers (“juniors“) with high potential who can prove a record of excellence on the international scene.

The selected candidates will be hosted in a very high quality environment and attributed substantial resources to ensure the success of their scientific work, with a view to encouraging long-term residence in France.

The ANR funding can reach up to €500k for junior researchers and €1,000k for senior profiles, and will enable the successful candidate to set up a research team and carry out an ambitious 3 to 4 year project with high impact on a scientific subject that has received little, if any, attention in France. The grant can cover all or part of the researcher’s salary as well as the operating and equipment expenses.

The conditions of candidacy are simple:

  • Reside abroad (or have arrived in France recently)
  • For junior profiles: the candidates must have spent at least 24 months outside the French territory during their post-doctoral career and they must have defended their thesis no less than two years and no more than seven years ago
  • For senior profiles: the candidates must have spent the majority of their career abroad

Once the ANR funding has been set up, the candidates must be able to move to France rapidly. The candidates are expected to give a long-term commitment.

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