Aide à la Recherche et au Patrimoine en Danse
Funding programme

In 2010, as part of its policy to promote the dance heritage and facilitate research, the Centre National de la Danse set up a grant programme called Aide à la Recherche et au Patrimoine en Danse.


Calls for projects 2024

— Opening of the call for projects:  9.10.2023
— Closing of online registration: 13.02.2024
— Meeting of the selection committee: 11.04.2024 / 12.04.2023


The purpose of this program is to support the design, development and dissemination of dance resources developed by dance professionals. Its primary mission is to create tools in the field of dance, and more broadly in the field of body and movement, that can serve the artistic community in its evolution, and the general public for its information.

This aid must allow the exploration of the constituent elements of dance, to experiment with new choreographic writing tools, or to constitute the choreographic heritage and to keep the repertoire alive, outside of any immediate objective of production and creation of a show.

The project may be in the fields of research (fundamental research on the body and movement, applied research on the development of a choreographic language, etc.), heritage (notation of choreographic works, constitution of other resources, etc.) or pedagogy (transmission of dance knowledge, etc.).

This assistance must encourage the broadening of the field of research, both in terms of the subjects considered and the methodologies deployed. In the field of heritage, it must focus on the conservation and documentation of works from the French and foreign choreographic repertoire, in order to eventually build up a collection of choreographic scores as a reference, in particular to facilitate their reconstruction for the stage.
All dance aesthetics are concerned: baroque dance, classical dance, contemporary dance, urban dance(s), jazz dance, world dance(s), traditional dance(s)...
Aid for research and heritage in dance is attributed to one or more identified project leaders: choreographer(s), dancer(s), researcher(s), author(s), movement notator(s), dance teacher(s) holding the certificate of aptitude, specialist(s) in functional analysis of the body in danced movement or in somatic techniques. In the case of a project co-sponsored by several applicants, they must indicate the percentage of funding to be allocated to each applicant (see required documents, letter of allocation).

Eligibility criteria

The project must fulfil all of the following eligibility criteria:

a. project developer(s)

1. choreographer, dancer, researcher, author, movement notator, dance teacher holding a certificate of aptitude, specialist in functional analysis of the body in dance movement or in somatic techniques..., with recognized professional experience in the fields considered;
2. European citizen or resident in Europe.

N.B. Persons enrolled in university or diploma courses are not eligible for support for projects corresponding to the subject of their dissertation, thesis or final year project.

b. description of the project for which assistance is requested

3. statement of a clear research or notation approach, argued and referenced (problematic and research protocol, state of the art of the work carried out on the subject, description of the work, resources used, phasing of the project, updated point of the work carried out on the subject in question);
4. singularity of the problematic, of the research methodology, necessity of the choice of the work to be noted;
5. construction of the work in partnership with a research or publishing team, or within the framework of a reconstruction of repertoire works (for the notation of works);
6. completion outside of any direct process of creation or production of a performance.

c. usefulness of the project

7. the existence of relevant institutional or private partners, putting their skills and professional resources at the service of the project (university, research laboratory, etc.) or a group made up of associated artists or researchers, dance or ballet companies, schools and training centers, etc;
8. development of a synthesis and a resource for the artistic community and/or the public;
9. relevance of the support for the resource created for the project (publication and various communications, DVD, computer software, score, Web site, printed or audiovisual edition, etc.)
10. access and dissemination of the resource (distribution methods chosen: specialized or public library, etc.), conditions of royalty-free dissemination for the CN D (media library, portal, etc.).

d. project finances

11. projected budget and timetable of the project consistent with the project;
12. existence of other expected financial contributions outside of this assistance program (including contributions in kind or in industry from private partners, local authorities, etc.).

N.B. Projects for which the request for CN D assistance is equivalent to the entire projected budget are not eligible.

For projects involving works by choreographers whose company receives government support, a financial contribution from the company is an element of appreciation in the examination of the application. This contribution is imperative for the works of a choreographer who is the director of a National Choreographic Center and its level in relation to the total budget of the notation project is a criterion in the examination of the request.


Terms and conditions for the award of the grant

The Dance Research and Heritage Assistance Program is implemented by CN D, which disburses the grant within two months of the commission.

Grants may be awarded to :
- To a legal entity (structure). For each project, only one relay structure must commit itself by detailing the redistribution of the grant to the (co-)promoter(s), after deduction of any costs (VAT and administrative costs) and/or any social charges;


- to one or more individuals (paid to the holder or to each of the co-sponsors on their personal bank account).

Selection committee

Under the chairmanship of the CN D Executive Director (or her representative), the volunteer selection committee consists of

Voting members
— The Executive Director of the National Dance Centre ;
— the dance delegate of the General Directorate for Artistic Creation (DGCA) of the Ministry of Culture, or his/her representative
— an advisor in charge of dance in a regional directorate of cultural affairs (DRAC);
— between 6 and 9 personalities from the world of choreography, research or heritage in dance.

Expert, non-voting member
— The coordinator of the dance college of the DGCA's inspection and evaluation department, or his/her representative.

In the event of a tie, the president of the commission has the casting vote. The choreographic personalities are appointed for three years by the CN D and are renewable annually by thirds.

The selection committee meets in April, reviews the proposed projects, ensures that they meet the award criteria, and selects the projects in order of priority within the limits of the funds available for this assistance program. The CN D Executive Director awards the grants and makes the payments. The CN D informs the applicants of the decision to award grants. CN D makes use of the resources created by its missions and departments.

Progress report

Recipients of assistance agree to:
— Produce a summary of the project's challenges and the resource. This summary will be published on the CN D website. It should be sent to the Research and Choreographic Repertories Department by December 15, N+1 (for projects selected in 2024: summaries due by December 15, 2025 at the latest);
— present their research and their score publicly and freely during the presentation days of the selected projects. These days take place in January/February, one and a half years after the commission (for projects selected in 2024: presentations in January/February 2026).
— Submit the resource produced following the presentation days to CN D.

Funding for a project is not renewable for an identical project. Any applicant who has been awarded a grant may, in subsequent years, apply for a new grant for a different project (provided that the resource for the previous project has been returned).

Any project submitted for the second time but which has not undergone any substantial modification in its content and which has been unanimously rejected by the committee, will not be examined a second time.

Form to be completed and documents to be uploaded to validate the online registration

The Dance Research and Heritage Grant application includes:

a. An online form to fill out
— information on the project leaders: last name, first name, address and contact information (telephone numbers, e-mail, website address if applicable);
— the detailed content of the project: field, problematic and research protocol or description of the work noted, resources used, phasing;
— information on the project's partners: list, description of the role and brief curriculum vitae or biographical note of the members of the project team (choreographer, dance company or ballet, researcher, editor, notator, dancers...)
— a timeline for the completion of the project's stages;
— the project's output: a description of the resource produced at the end of the project, its recipients, its medium, and its planned modes of accessibility for dissemination.

We advise you to prepare the content of the application in advance using the attached pdf template.

Prepare your 2024 application file

b. Mandatory documents to be uploaded
— copy of an identity document of the project leader (if applicable, of each co-leader) ;
— curriculum vitae or biographical note (if applicable, of each co-sponsor) specifying the previous research carried out, or the choreographies created, or the system of movement notation used and the choreographic works previously noted and/or reconstructed;

In the case of a collective project, attach :
— a certificate of distribution of the percentage of aid duly signed by each co-sponsor, and indicating their name and address (one letter only).
— A projected budget for the project, including the amount of Dance Research and Heritage Funding requested and specifying other financial contributions. It is advisable to use the proposed budget matrix. The steps taken to seek additional funding must be specified by indicating "application in progress" / "obtained" in the budget.

Matrix : pdf file / excel file ;

— if applicable, a copy of the agreements between the different partners of the project;
— For notation projects: a letter of agreement from the choreographer, or his or her beneficiaries, agreeing to the notation of his or her work and the deposit of the score in the CN D media library;

In the case of a grant to a legal entity, please attach :
— in the case of an association, a copy of the publication in the Official Journal or the receipt of declaration at the Prefecture, and RNA and SIRET numbers; in the case of a company, an extract of the Kbis ;
— a bank statement of the structure;
— a letter from the organization, signed by the legal representative, committing to distribute the aid to the project leader(s), in proportion to the distribution chosen by them, after deduction of any costs (VAT and administrative costs) and/or any social charges, to be specified in the letter.

In the case of a payment of the aid to one or more natural persons, attach :
— a bank statement of the project leader (if applicable, of each co-leader).

Any element of content (files, articles, etc.) deemed useful for the assessment of the project by the selection committee, may also be uploaded.

Please attach any document that will help to assess the feasibility of the project, such as letters of interest or commitment from institutional partners or prospective collaborators, letters of authorization to access archives, letters of intent from prospective publishers, letters of availability of premises, letters justifying financial contributions, etc. Please send any letter of refusal or confirmation of these grants to CN D before the committee meeting.


Application form

Link to the online application form

The creation of an application file generates an identification code sent by e-mail.
This code allows you to access the application at any time to complete or modify it until it is validated. All the documents to be provided must be uploaded.

The application will not be validated if any of the documents mentioned as "mandatory" are missing.

Closing date for online registration: 13.02.2024