I applied in January to a call by the math institute (Insmi) of the CNRS, entitled Projet Exploratoire Premier Soutien « Jeune chercheuse, jeune chercheur » (PEPS JCJC, roughly Exploratory Project, First Support: Young Researcher). These are small grants (3000–6000 €) for young researchers, in order to allow them to travel and/or invite people, and incite them to apply to larger grants in the followings years, such as the ones from the French ANR, or even the ERC (one can dream). I just got the answer: it’s a yes! So my project is now funded in 2019, for the amount of 3500 €. It’s comfortable, especially considering that the application and the administrative requirements are lightweight. Time to get to work!