2013 was a pivotal year for French National Agency for Research (ANR), witnessing numerous changes encouraged in particular by the French Ministry of Research. ANR has thus reviewed all its procedures, both internal and for the external scientific community. The development of its Work Programme 2014 was guided by the decision to favour the understanding of its funding possibilities and to facilitate project submission procedures for the researchers. The 2014 Work Programme has introduced a generic call for proposals that covers a large proportion of the projects and meets a two-stage submission process. 2013 was also a year in which ANR reinforced its international position and its involvement in the European Research Area.
Recent scientific news from France, or related to France and the USA, about discoveries, research policy and organizations.
The ANR Annual Report 2013 is online Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall’s visit of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / Caltech (Pasadena, CA)
Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of CNES, was in Los Angeles on September 5th, 2014 to meet with Charles Elachi, the director of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). With the chief scientists from JPL, they reviewed the programs run by this prestigious institute and the numerous collaborations that are in place between the two organizations: Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT), Insight, Mars 2020… Mr. Axel Cruau, Consul general of France in Los Angeles, accompanied Mr. Le Gall during these work meetings.
Dr. Yvette Taché (UCLA) will receive the 2014 William S. Middleton Award
Dr. Yvette Taché will soon be awarded the 2014 William S. Middleton Award, it is the highest award given by the Biomedical Laboratory in Research and Development (BLR&D), from the research division of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The BLR&D will reward Dr. Taché’s for her exemplary research and in particular her major contributions to the understanding of central nervous system control of peripheral autonomic pathways that influence gastrointestinal function. Our compatriot is the first woman to receive this award since 1962.
Alim-Louis Benabid, Pioneer in Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease, Receives 2014 Lasker Award
Professor Alim-Louis Benabid, Chairman of the Board of the French bio-medical research center, CLINATEC (Grenoble, France), is the recipient of the 2014 Lasker DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award by the Lasker Foundation for Developing Deep Brain Stimulation Technique. Thus, the American Foundation pays tribute to a world-renowned French scientist and highlights French excellence in a cutting-edge field.
Story of a fruitful scientific collaboration between France and Texas: Drs. Estève (Fr) and Chabal (U.S.) join forces
Née au début des années 2000 lors de la rencontre du Dr. Alain Estève, alors en postdoctorat, et du Dr. Yves Chabal, au laboratoire Bell à Murray Hill dans le New Jersey, la collaboration entre les deux chercheurs n’a fait que grandir résistant aux différents changements de situations professionnelles.
NETVA 2014: Started off with a bang ! June 30- July 2
And it’s a go for the new edition! On June 30, July 1 and 2 the last annual seminar NETVA program, (the acceleration program to the American market for French startups) was held in France. The session opened with a large public seminar for entrepreneurs and innovation stakeholders covering topics such as the ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship in the United States, the protection of intellectual property, legal aspects and accounting, and cultural differences … a day fully dedicated to provide knowledge to French startups knowledge about future expansions outside of France.
13 = The Number of French Fields Medal Winners
Artur Ávila, a Brazil-born Frenchman and director of research at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), has just received the Fields Medal. Awarded every 4 years since 1936, the medal—considered the ultimate token of recognition—is often referred to as the “mathematician’s Nobel Prize.” It is officially known as the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics.
"Life Sciences: inventing – creating – having fun" 2014 Laureates
The grant "Life Sciences : inventing – creating – having fun" is offered by the Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate general of France in Los Angeles since 2012 to French teams who will participate in American competitions in life sciences. Following the call for projects launched in January 2014, 6 teams were selected to receive a grant.
Ciné-Sciences in San Diego, CA : Screening of the "Tour de France de LaBiotech"
The Office for Science and Technology of the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles and French BioBeach organized, on Friday June 20th, 2014, a Ciné-Sciences at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla, CA. This event, sponsored by the San Diego Center for Systems Biology, gathered around 30 people who attended the screening of the documentary "Tour de France de LaBiotech" with ci-director Philip Hemme.
The Embassy hosts the first FR-US Networking Event in Science and Technology
The Embassy of France hosted a special gathering for the best French and American minds in science and technology during the annual NEST conference, held on July 1. NEST’s two-part conference celebrated the 50th anniversary of Inserm, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. A public research institute founded in 1964, Inserm operates under the joint authority of the French Ministry of Health and the French Ministry of Research.