ANR and AID Launch Call for Expressions of Interest on the Defence Implications of the Climate and Energy Transitions

ANR and AID have announced a call for expressions of interest, targeted at French researchers, on questions linked to the effects environmental transition will have on the defence sector.

The Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR – National Research Agency) was first established in 2005 and is governed by the French Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (MESR – Ministry of Higher Education and Research). It provides funding to public research organisations and universities, as well as to private companies, for both basic and applied research in all fields of science. Its goals include promoting creativity and openness as well as new ideas and partnerships, in particular between academia and industry. It also seeks to improve the competitiveness of French research in Europe and around the world.

In partnership with the Agence de l’innovation de défense (AID – Defence Innovation Agency), ANR has launched a call for expressions of interest for research into the effects the climate and energy transitions will have on the defence sector. Submissions are expected to have both civil and defence implications and may be at TRL 1-6.

The following topics are of interest:

  • Resilience to resource scarcity.
  • Resilience of humans and of technological systems to extreme conditions.
  • Reflections on new Armed Forces missions.
  • New environmental adaptation tools.
  • Specific case study (projection in a very restricted environment).

Submissions for this call are welcome by consortia led by French research laboratories.

Although this call will not fund submissions, ANR and AID may decide to launch a funded call for proposals on the themes in question based on the responses received from this call.

The call for expression of interests aligns with the 2022 Climate and Defence strategy published by the French Ministère des Armées (Ministry of the Armed Forces).

The submission deadline is 2 October 2023.

(This report was the subject of a ResearchConnect Newsflash.)