Following our webinar of February 10th, we’ve made a selection of the most frequently asked questions to which you’ll find some answers here under.

In case you have further questions, contact us.

Can the PI and co chairs benefit from a bonus and a discharge of teaching duties?

The ANITI direction has referred the matter to the “Directoire“ of UT. Whenever answers are known on that matter, the FAQ will be updated. The possibility of dividing the teaching release among the members of the chair will also be discussed.

What time of involvement is expected from the PIs?

In keeping with the framework of the initial 3IA call, the academic PIs are expected to devote at least 50% of their overall working time to their chair. This 50% minimum time of involvement is also expected from faculty members.

Is it possible to include in the time dedicated to ANITI the time declared on ongoing grants?

If the other research projects contribute to the research in the chair, then yes, the time on those grants can be counted toward the 50% threshold of time dedicated to ANITI.

What is expected from the Principal Investigator?

A Principal Investigator or PI, also called chair holder, is the researcher responsible for the preparation, conduct, and administration of the research project proposed in the chair. He is the lead researcher for the grant project. He is also expected to contribute actively to the strategic objectives of the ANITI institute.

In the case of a multi-PI chair (synergy, industrial), the proposed research cannot be carried out by a single PI working alone. 2-4 PIs will therefore work together closely and share the responsibility of conducting the research project. One will be designated as the administrative PI. The administrative PI has to be an academic PI.

What is the difference between “associated member to a chair” and co chair?

There is no difference between associated members and co chairs. For the sake of clarity, the ANITI direction will from now on only use the term of co-chair.  Co chairs contribute in an important and visible way to the chair’s research program. For example, they can supervise or co-supervise PhD students. The submitted chair proposal should  identify the co chairs, their role in the project and the involvement time. They work under the coordination  of the PI of the chair. Their number is left up to the PI to decide, but co chairs should only be included if they contribute to a coherent Chair project.

For questions regarding bonus and discharge of teaching duties, please see above.

Can a PI outside of Toulouse be involved in synergy and industrial projects?

The employers of the ANITI PIs must be members of the ANITI consortium. In keeping with the framework of the initial 3IA call, the members are expected to be located in the Toulouse area. There is an ongoing discussion with the ANR and the UT to eventually extend this perimeter. The FAQ will be updated accordingly.

Regarding co chairs, yes, they can come from institutions that are not members of the ANITI consortium, whether elsewhere in France and from abroad. However, no budget will be transferred to their institutions. The ANITI budget may cover their travel expenses.

If the co chair institution brings its own budget to support a part of the research project, the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) will be discussed with regards to the organization of the project. Otherwise, IPR will remain subject to ANITI regulations.

Is it possible to propose blue-sky research projects?


May public institutions other than Higher Education Institutions be identified as contributors to an industrial chair?

Yes, “industrial” in this document refers not only to private companies but to EPIC (établissement public à caractère industriel et commercial) and EPA (établissement public à caractère administratif) as well.  They are all welcome as partners. 

What is expected in terms of financial contribution from industrial partners to industrial chairs?

In addition to the contribution from the academic partners involved in the chair, it is expected that the contribution of the industrial partners covers all their internal costs and a significant amount of the marginal costs of the project (we project that it will be around 75% but we will finalize this figure shortly). In keeping with the framework of the initial 3IA call, it is required that a third of the total contribution is in cash.  For EPIC and EPA, the minimum cash requirement is waived. 

What are the Intellectual Property rules? 

ANITI will define the Intellectual Property framework for the whole institute. The IP framework is currently under discussion by ANITI’s Steering Committee. Once the IP rules are fixed, the applicants to the call will be informed. 

Are there any restrictions regarding the industrial partners?

The ANITI direction is investigating with the relevant ministries, as to whether there are any restrictions on eventual partners who might adversely affect France’s or the EU’s national security or national sovereignty. The FAQ will be updated when a decision is reached.


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