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.

It followed on from two aid programmes previously managed by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (dance commission):

– grants for choreographic creation
– grants for the notation of choreographic works


Calls for projects 2021



The purpose of this funding programme is to support the creation, development and dissemination of resources developed by professionals working in the field of dance. Its basic mission is to create various tools for use in the field of dance, and more broadly that of the body and movement, that can be of assistance to the artistic community and the general public.

Grants are awarded to people who are examining key elements of dance, experimenting with new tools for creating choreographies, safeguarding part of the dance heritage or keeping the repertoire alive, but excluding projects aimed specifically at staging or creating performances.


The project can be part of the fields of research (fundamental research into the body and movement, applied research into the development of a choreographic language, etc.), heritage (notation of works, choreographies, creation of other resources, etc.) or education (transmission of dance knowledge, etc.).

The grant programme is intended to help expand the field of research, both through the subjects treated and the methodologies used. In the field of the dance heritage, projects should be linked to the conservation of works from the French and foreign choreographic repertoires, with the ultimate aim of creating a collection of choreographic scores that can be referred to, in particular, for reviving works on stage.

The Aide à la Recherche et au Patrimoine en Danse grant is attributed to one or more identified project developer(s): choreographer(s), dancer(s), researcher(s), author(s), notator(s) of movement, qualified dance teacher(s), specialist(s) in the functional analysis of the body in dance movement or somatic techniques. Organisations and companies are not entitled to grants.

All dance styles are included: Baroque dance, classical dance, contemporary dance, urban dance, jazz dance, world dances, traditional dance.


Eligibility criteria

The project must fulfil all of the following eligibility criteria:

a. project developer(s)

1. choreographer, dancer, researcher, author, movement notator, qualified dance teacher, specialist in functional analysis of the body in dance movement or somatic techniques; European citizen or resident of Europe

2. professional experience in the relevant fields

NB People studying at university or doing diploma courses are not entitled to a grant for their dissertation, thesis or end-of-course projects.


b. description du projet pour lequel l’aide est sollicitée

3. provision of a clear research or notation plan, with explanations and references (theme and research process, review of the state of research on the subject, description of the work, resources used, project schedule, current report on the work carried out on the subject in question, etc.)

4. unique theme or research methodology, or proven absence of notation of the work in question

5. work created in partnership with a research or publishing team, or as part of the re-creation of works from the repertoire (for dance notations)

6. work that is not part of a direct process for creating or producing performances.


c. usefulness of the project

7. having relevant institutional or private partners, making their expertise and professional resources available for the project (university, research laboratory, etc.) or group made up of associate artists or researchers, dance or ballet company, schools, training centres, etc.

8. creating a summary and resource for use by the artistic community and/or the public

9. relevance of the medium chosen for the project (diverse publication and communication, DVD, software, score, website, print or audio-visual publication, etc.)

10. access to the resource (forms of distribution chosen: specialist library or public library, etc.), conditions for rights-free distribution by the CN D (mediatheque, website, etc.).


d. project finances

11. appropriate provisional budget and schedule for the project

12. other sources of funding expected (including contributions in kind or industry) in addition to this grant programme (private partners, local municipalities, etc.). Projects for which the CN D grant would cover the entire provisional budget are not allowed.

For notation projects concerning works by choreographers for whom the company receives support from the state, the funding from the latter is taken into consideration in the assessment of the application.

This funding is indispensable in the case of works by a choreographer who is the director of a national choreography centre and its amount in relation to the total notation budget is a criteria taken into account when assessing the application.


Terms and conditions for the award of the grant

The Aide à la Recherche et au Patrimoine en Danse programme is implemented by the CN D.



Submission of projects opens: 2.11.2020
Deadline for online applications: 8.03.2021
Meeting of the selection committee: 2.06.2021

Selection committee

Under the president, the director general of the CN D (or her representative), the selection committee is made up of the following voluntary members:

Voting members
- The general director of the CN D;
- dance representative of the Direction Générale de la Création Artistique (DGCA) of the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, or their representative;
- a dance consultant from the Direction Régionale des Affaires culturelles (DRAC);
- between 6 and 9 people from the worlds of dance, research or dance heritage.

Expert, non-voting member
- The coordinator of the dance section of the department of inspection and assessment of the DGCA, or their representative.

In the event of an equal number of votes, the vote of the president of the commission will be decisive.
Members from the field of dance are appointed for three years by the CN D, with a third of members being renewed each year.

The selection committee meets in May or June, studies the proposed projects, ensures that they meet the required criteria, and selects applications in order of priority according to the number of available credits for this grant programme.

The director general of the CN D allocates subsidies and implements payment of the grants.
Those selected for grants by the committee will be notified by the CN D of the decision.
The CN D will promote the resulting resources in its missions and departments.


Progress report

Those awarded grants undertake to:

– produce a summary (5 to 20 pages long) presenting the project and the resource. This summary will be published on the CN D’s website. The summary should be sent to the Recherche et Répertoires Chorégraphiques department by 15 December N+1 (for projects selected in 2021: summaries to arrive by 15 December 2022 at the latest);

– share their research or notation freely in public during the presentation days organised for the selected projects. These days take place in January/February, one and a half years after the committee (for the projects selected 2021: presentations in January/February 2023). 

– deposit the resource with the CN D following the presentation days.

A grant awarded for one project cannot be renewed for an identical project. Any recipient of a grant can, in subsequent years, apply for a new grant for a different project (on condition that they have submitted the resource for the previous project).  
Any project presented for the second time whose content has not been substantially modified and that was unanimously rejected by the committee will not be assessed a second time.

Supporting documents

The following documents must be provided when you make your online application: curriculum vitae, budget, bank account details, copy of the project leader’s ID (or failing that, of all the people working on the project) and assignment of tasks (in the case of group projects). The documents must be uploaded directly with the application form (and not sent separately by email). The Aide à la Recherche et au Patrimoine en Danse application must also include:
- information about project leaders: surname, forename, address and contact details (phone numbers, email address or website address);
- detailed content of the project: field, subject and research process or description of the notated work, resources used, different steps;
- information about the project’s partners: list, description of role and curriculum vitae or brief biography of the members of the project team (choreographer, dance or ballet company, researcher, publisher, notator, dancers, etc.)

- schedule for the different stages of the project;

- failing that, a copy of the agreements made between the project’s different partners;
- submission: description of the resource created on completion, who its aimed at, the form it takes, how it will be made available.


Required supporting documents for online applications:

- a curriculum vitae or biography specifying earlier research carried out, or choreographies created, or the movement notation system used and the choreographic works previously notated and/or revived;  
- a provisional budget for the project, including the total amount for the Aide à la Recherche et au Patrimoine en Danse grant sought and specifying other sources of funding, presented in the form of a PDF file / Excel file;

- bank account details of the project leader (or where applicable, of each person working on the project);

- a copy of proof of identity of the project leader (or where applicable, of each person working on the project)

- in the case of a group project, the application must be accompanied by a handwritten letter certifying the dividing up of the grant in percentages signed by each person working on the project, and giving their name and address, N.B. A single letter, to be co-signed by all of the people working on the project. 

People working on the project can include, if they so wish, any additional content (files, articles, etc.) to give the selection committee a better understanding of the proposed project.

Applicants are strongly recommended to include any document that makes it possible to assess the feasibility of the project, for example: copies of documents certifying funding already received or requested, letters of interest or commitment from institutional partners or prospective collaborators, letter giving permission to consult archives, letter of intent from a prospective publisher, etc.


Application form

The application form must be filled in online:

After creating your application, you can access it at any time to complete or change it until it is submitted. You must also upload the required documents yourself.

After creating your application, you will be sent a reference number by email. You will need to key in your email address and reference number if you wish to change the content of your application. 

Before submitting your online application (deadline 8 March 2021), you must fill in all of the fields. Candidates are advised to prepare the contents of the application in advance with the aid of the attached PDF containing a specimen application.

Upload all the supporting documents, including the following compulsory documents:


Provisional budget in the following form: PDF file / Excel file;
Bank account details (for group projects, the bank account details of the other people working on the project);
For a group project, a letter specifying the different tasks of each member.

You will not be able to submit the application if any of the supporting documents are missing.