Monthly Archives: May 2018


AFRAN Call for Initiatives!!

AFRAN Association plays an active role in running events and communication initiatives to support a growing community of members, as well as facilitating bi-national dialogue on research and innovation issues. Many of these initiatives are member-initiated and supported by AFRAN and additional financial resources.

This year, AFRAN will fund initiatives or series of smaller, integrated initiatives (e.g. series of network building activities, one-off or series of collaborative research exhibitions or productions, symposia/workshops focussed on community development) designed to federate, build and scale up thematic communities around particular research and innovation areas within the perimeter of AFRAN and/or between France and Australia.

AFRAN will offer funding up to AUD 5,000 (five thousand Australian dollars) towards logistics and/or travel costs for selected initiatives. This program only funds projects initiated by members of AFRAN.

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2018

Results announced: 31 July 2018

Earliest date for project start: 1 August 2018

Latest date for project completion: 31 July 2019

More information about the program and to apply: AFRAN call for initiatives application form 2018


CNRS Newsletter Mai 2018

The CNRS Newsletter is available on this link

Bridging grant

Bridging Grants Round 2018 Opens June 4th

The Bridging Grants Round opens for eligibility testing from 0900hr (AEST) on the 4th June 2018 and this phase will close at 1700 hr (AEST) on the 14th June 2018. Once BG eligibility has been approved and a BG application number issued, a full BG application can be prepared and lodged.  All Bridging Grant applications are time stamped and must be received by 17.00 Hr (AEST) on the 28th June 2018. No late applications will be accepted.

The Bridging Grants program targets early stage proof of concept and knowledge transfer, product development and market testing, innovation and commercialisation activities.They are designed to support international SME-Researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement such as might be developed during a Priming Grant funded process, into a strong collaboration which leads to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market ready products or services.

All information concerning the Bridging Grants and the application process is available on the Global Connections Fund website


Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge- deadline for application extended to 9am Friday 18th of May!

This national competition put teams of PhD students in front of a big challenge: designing an innovative and profitable start-up concept, and convincing the grand jury of expert entrepreneurs, scientists and managers, of the viability of their idea!

Participants will have 24 hours to develop their proposal. Following this the teams will pitch their ideas and the judges will make their selections.

More information on this event and registration on the Academy of Science website.




Aerospace study in France

The French Higher Education Aeronautical and Space institute ISAE-SUPAERO offers a set of programs which can be recommended to Australian candidates, and in particular:

1) Master of Science in Aerospace engineering (with 6 majors including Space Systems).
Refer to one of two attached brochure for details.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or science.

The admission schedule is given hereafter :


2) Advanced Masters
Several programs linked to the space field can be of particular interest:

MS TAS Astro in Space systems engineering
MS SPAPS in Space applications and services (in cooperation with Airbus Defence and Space)
MS EMS in Embedded systems
MS SEN in Systems engineering
MS APM in Aerospace projects management

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree completed by 3 years of professional experience, or a master’s degree (or an equivalent degree).

The admission schedule is given hereafter :

The applications shall be done as soon as possible on
The following documents are required: CV, cover letter, copy of the highest diploma or certificate of enrollment, transcripts for the 3 last years, passport copy.

Also 2 letters of recommendation shall be sent directly by referees to:

Theses academic programs start beginning of September.

For any enquiries on applications, please contact Mr. Phillipe Galaup (, Mr. Mickael Le Roux (  or Mr. Mikhail Stepanov ( from recruitment department.


More about ISAE-SUPAERO :

– Founded in 1909, ISAE-SUPAERO is a major world actor in the training of engineers and masters students in Aerospace, and is the leader in Europe (20% of European graduates in Aerospace).
– The program is fully in English and the teaching is given by renowned experts from industry and research.
– The participants will benefit from an international experience in Toulouse, the aerospace capital of Europe with more than 600 companies in aeronautical and space sector, and 25% of European workforce in space
– Each program includes a 6 month internship in international space agencies or companies. In particular the applicants from Australia will have the possibility to perform a paid internship at the French space agency (CNES) in Toulouse or Paris, which will contribute to financing
– Connection to ISAE-SUPAERO alumni network of 19000 graduates around the world (67 countries), with many of them at high level positions