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7 laureates for the AFRAN Call for initiatives 2018!

We are very happy to announce that 7 projects have been selected this year within the framework of the AFRAN call for initiatives:

  • Australia-France Mycobacterial Research Network

May 2019, Centenary Institute, Sydney

The mycobacterial research capacity in Australia does very well at investigating immunity, vaccines, and new antibiotics. The Kremmer laboratory at IRIM (CNRS) in Montpellier is a world leading microbiology laboratory. This initiative aims at capitalising on the respective expertise available in both countries and should lead to the creation of a collaborative network fostering research projects and personnel exchanges.

This initiative proposes to introduce French researchers from IRIM to the hub of mycobacterial researchers at the University of Sydney (primarily centred at the Centenary Institute), where a national symposium will be held at the Centenary Institute bringing in researchers from Queensland and Melbourne to facilitate the transfer of intellectual expertise in techniques and planning of researcher exchange. The expected attendance from an Australian contingent is up to 120 researchers representing approximately 15 research groups across the three states.

French researchers will then spend additional time at the University of Sydney to plan collaborative experiments in Australian infection models. As well as having complementary research strengths (microbiology in France, immunology in Australia), our groups use a range of complementary models from pure bacterial culture, cell culture, zebrafish infection models, mouse inhalation models, to sheep and cow infection models.

This initiative will hopefully lead to a structured collaboration with a growing French-Australian network, fostering joint publications, exchange and joint grant applications, in a field of major importance for both public health and economy, but also with great opportunities to develop new knowledge in basic biology and technologies arising from trying to understand how these bacteria cause disease.


  • Advancing environmental biotechnologies through advanced microbiology and cutting-edge computational statistics.

1-17 April 2019, University of Melbourne

Advances in culture-independent, high-throughput technologies have transformed the way we examine microbial communities – collectively called ‘the microbiome’, which are known to impact a wide range of environmental systems. However, analytical tool development is critically trailing behind data generation, which hinders the analysis, understanding or integration of microbiome data. Dr Kim-Anh Lê Cao is a pioneer in developing methods and tools for data integration which adopt a holistic, data-driven and hypothesis-free approach. This project brings together the University of Melbourne (with the Melbourne Integrative Genomics group in the school of Mathematics and Statistics, the Melbourne Geomicrobiology Lab, and the Microbial Ecology group in the School of Bioscience), and Irstea (Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies).

This interdisciplinary research initiative aims at exploring and accelerating discoveries in these new frontier technologies and build capacity in best practice statistical analysis, nationally and internationally through a network of French and Australian microbiologist researchers. This initiative will focus on the practical aspects of microbiome data analysis with a 2-day workshop presenting methodologies for data analysis and integration, a 2-week discussion with participants to offer guidance, and a 1-day close-out to share findings and plan future collaborations and publications arising from the analyses.

Complex microbial networks have a central role in the provision and regulation of ecosystems that inspire multiple microbial biotechnologies applications to contribute substantively to global efforts to achieve sustainability, through purification of wastewater, waste valorisation, bioremediation strategies, and bioenergy production. Understanding key environmental factors that shape microbial communities is crucial to optimize such biotechnological advances.


  • First Australo-French Meetings on Innovation for Industry of the Future

15-16 October 2018, CentraleSupélec Saclay campus Gif sur Yvette

Innovation is the main driver for the renewal of Industry in the XXIst century and more specifically of manufacturing and production. In one hand industry is experiencing a strong revolution with more innovative design and lean value-oriented processes and in another hand Data and Artificial Intelligence are re-inventing all the design and production chains and their related competencies and jobs.

This initiative consists of creating a specific space where academic (Centrale Supelec, Flinders U., GEMA Group, UQ, UTS…), big companies (Naval Group, Dassault system, Thalès,…) meet start-ups and small structures (incubators, accelerators, open innovation institute…) in an “Open Innovation” framework where ideas and innovations are exchanged in a fast and agile process benefiting for both big and small organizations. The First Australo-French Meetings on Innovation for Industry of the Future is a key starting initiative to jointly think, exchange, and work on that crucial topic of industry for the future and its relations to innovation. Both French and Australian institutions will join their efforts to create this new community linked with industry and corporate partners. Discussions will also focus on skills and competencies needed for a new industry, taking into account Australian and French cultures.

This initiative will devote time for working groups aiming at proposing clear objectives and a short to middle-term roadmap including joint projects and events, faculty and student exchanges, internships and PhD programs, start-up seeds and co-incubation… The expectation is to concretize an Innovation-based Industry community and framework amongst the participants, which shall be open to more partners, and to propose concrete spaces and events to be co-managed and co-organized.


  • Research School on Statistics and Data Science

24-28 June 2019, Institute of Advanced Studies, La Trobe University, Bundoora

This initiative aims at bringing together data science and statistics researchers from France and Australia, at all career levels, to participate in an intimate and community building academic workshop. The workshop will concentrate mainly in the areas of statistics and data science. However, presentations, talks, and posters will also be accepted in the domains of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and signal processing. We will also be accepting talks and posters that illustrate real world applications of the aforementioned areas of research and innovation, such as applications in agriculture, climate change, and health research.

The Research Summer School on Statistics for Data Science (S4D) has been organized in Caen (France) in 2017 and 2018. It has a joint organization between La Trobe and University of Caen. It will be held in Australia for the first year, and will bring together researchers in data science and statistics across Australia and France with the aim of creating a shared center of data science, probability, and statistics research, to allow for academic and students exchanges.



  • First Australia-France Workshop on Soft and Intelligent Tactile Sensing for Robotics and Autonomous Systems

10-12 December 2018, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

Robotics is an area where France and Australia have done exceptionally well. However, robotics research has been traditionally seen as purely an engineering discipline and therefore participation from other discipline areas has been lacking. Creating human-like perception and situational awareness for social, service or medical robots integration has become possible with the development of advanced materials and new sensors. A lot of progress has taken place in compact and low power consuming sensors, and the possibilities they offer are countless: soft electronic skin can work as a touch or a proximity sensor, and can be used for intelligent grasping in social, industrial or medical situations. Robotics community has recently identified soft materials and fabrication schemes as one of their grand challenges.

This initiative aims at organizing a two and a half day workshop to address these challenges. It will gather researchers from materials science, neuroscience and robotics for an inclusive discussion required for research methodology development. It is expected that industrial partners from France will also be attending. It involves the Queensland University of Technology, the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, the Queensland Brain Institute, the Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux, the Université de Montpellier and the SoftBank Robotics Europe. The workshop will focus on multifunctional organic optoelectronic platform, tactile recognition of objects and active calibration of soft tactile sensors, deep learning techniques to recognise objects, and strategies to exploit haptics for physical human-robot interaction.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for an informed and open discussion on how advanced sensing modalities can be designed and developed together for robotic applications.


  • Healthy Happy Cities in Tropical Environment

13-15 February  2019, Griffith university, Gold Coast

At a time when wellbeing and happiness indexes are becoming more and more important to qualify our cities and make them more attractive, it seems important to understand how urban design and architecture can contribute to enhance wellbeing and happiness and develop these positive experiences further.

This project consists of 2 main phases:

  • The creation of a shared digital platform to facilitate communication and the sharing of information concerning research and preparation of case studies. This platform will provide a toolbox to open new ways in transforming the cities to foster happy experiences, both physically and mentally. Furthermore, the tool will serve both educative and decision-making purposes.
  • The organization of a milestones workshop creating the opportunity for a long-term French-Australian collaboration. This workshop will contribute to inform local communities and main key stakeholders in both countries on better integrated urban design in tropical environments. It will link the French School of Architecture of La Reunion (ENSAMR), within the Indian Pacific Region (Indians Ocean network of Architecture school, IONAS) with Australian universities such as Griffith University and James Cook University.

The innovation of this project is to offer a shared vision of experiencing life in the city, that encompasses local and visitors’ perspectives, and provide tools to transfer and adapt best practices.


  • Dynamics of Air

14 September – 17 November, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne,

This initiative relates to the issues of climate change and biodiversity by researching the complex and poetic behavior of human responses to air temperature and movement in a built environment. This research has brought together researchers from different disciplines ranging from architects, industrial designers and artists, to mathematicians, aerospace engineers and computer scientists, with the aim of making proposals for more pleasant, low or no energy scenarios for the built environment, currently the highest generator of CO2 emissions.

This project brings this research into the public domain through exhibition in a major public gallery in Melbourne. It will bring together Australian researchers with leading European researchers and artists in the field to create an engaging insight into the qualities of air and their impact on human experience. Exhibits by Philippe Rahm Architectes, French architect, artist and research practice, will be exposed to a broad Australian public audience, and Philippe will be connected to RMIT and Swinburne Universities as well as the broad Australian research community.

Hopefully, this project will lead to further lecture and workshop invitations, joint tertiary and teaching initiatives in the future. More significantly, it will provide a foundation for subsequent collaboration between the leading French and Australian researchers in this field.


Cooperative Research Centres – Projects (CRC-P) Grants

Round 6 of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) grants is open to industry organisations, small and medium-sized businesses, and research organisations including, for the first time, Medical Research Institutes.

This scheme provides new opportunities for AFRAN researchers to link with French companies subsidiaries in Australia.

CRC-P funded research has resulted in the commercialisation of technologies, products and services that assist Australian and international businesses across industries as diverse as agriculture, clean technology, infrastructure, IT, mining, manufacturing, aerospace and health.

This program provides industry-led collaborations with short term (up to three years) matched funding of up to $3 million to develop important new technologies, products and services.

Deadline to apply: 13 September 2018 5:00 pm AEST

More information on this link





INRIA: Associate teams 2019- call for proposals

INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control aims at encouraging international projects to develop its international links. This year, INRIA has a particular focus on Australia to foster new collaborations.

An Associate Team is a joint research project created between an Inria project-team and a research team from abroad. The two partners jointly define a scientific objective with a clear added value for each of them, a research plan and a program for bilateral exchanges. To promote and develop such scientific collaborations throughout the world, by supporting high quality research projects, Inria’s European and International Partnerships Department-EIPD annually launches a call for proposals.

Deadline: 26 September 2018

For more information and to apply, follow this link


Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Grants

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) grants support medium to long term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes.

CRC grants provide CRCs with up to 50% of the resources with no specified limit to funding available for each CRC. The CRC collaboration must at least match the amount of grant.

More information and to apply on this link



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

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


Opportunities for scientists offered by the Australian Academy of Science

Nominations and applications are open for the 2019 Australian Academy of Science:


The Centre for Integrative Biology of Toulouse (CBI-Toulouse, France) recruits !

The Centre for Integrative Biology of Toulouse launches its annual calls for the recruitment of new group leaders.

In order to complement/reinforce its research endeavors in an inspiring, collaborative and cutting-edge environment, the CBI is seeking new talented group leaders, addressing:


  •   Computational modeling and data Analysis, including computational analysis of large data-sets, network analyses, physics and mathematical modeling connected to research themes of the CBI. AO CBI 2018 New group CSB call
  •   Cellular and Developmental Biology; existing groups are interested in a variety of topics including morphogenesis and biophysics, progenitor/stem cell biology and regulatory circuits using model organisms. AO CBI 2018 New Group CBD Call
  • Biology of microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea and their viruses; existing groups are developing an integrative analysis of a variety of key and fundamental aspects of these microorganisms, including genetic transformation, membrane protein biogenesis, RNA and protein quality control, genome dynamics, evolution and genomics, and gene regulatory networks. AO CBI 2018 New Group MIC Call

Candidates should be at early career stage. Senior researchers holding a permanent position in France are also welcome to apply.


Applications (about 10 pages, in English) should be sent before June 14, 2018, as a single file named LASTNAME_CBI2017_CSB or CBD or MIC call.pdf to and should include (i) a cover letter, (ii) a CV, (iii) three reference letters and (iv) a summary of achievements and future research interests.




Make Our Planet Great Again proposes 4 programs to welcome international students and researchers in France

France’s ministries of Europe and foreign affairs (MEAE) and of higher education, research, and innovation (MESRI) have implemented a program of support for:

  • Master’s excellence grants: to encourage international students to pursue master’s-level training in earth systems, climate change and sustainability, or the energy transition at French institutions of higher education. Application period: 12 March to 6 April 2018

  • 3-year Doctoral contracts: to support foreign doctoral candidates wishing to complete a PhD in France on a topic related to earth systems, climate change and sustainability, or the energy transition. Application period: 12 to 30 March 2018
  • 12- to 24-month postdoctoral research contracts: to support foreign postdoctoral researchers wishing to conduct further research in France on a topic related to earth systems, climate change and sustainability, or the energy transition. Application period: 12 March to 6 April 2018

  • Short stays (14 days to 5 months) for foreign researchers: to support short stays in French research institutions for foreign scientists seeking to do research on a topic related to earth systems, climate change and sustainability, or the energy transition. Application period: 12 March to 6 April 2018


PHC FASIC 2018 Program – 3 calls for applications are now open!



The French Embassy in Australia puts in place in 2018 a brand new set of research collaborative instruments under the umbrella of the PHC FASIC program.  This program is meant as a catalyst and aims to support the launch and the critical early-stage development of bilateral research projects between France and Australia. It also aims to support the strategic scaling-up of science and technology collaborations.
In a nutshell, the FASIC will contribute to initiate or reinforce bilateral research collaborations, will enable scientists from France and Australian research institutions to meet and discuss future collaborative projects. This program is meant to support the establishment of joint research labs or scientific networks between France and Australia.


Submitted projects must be joint research projects involving at least a French and an Australian research partners.


Matching fund from the partnering Australian research institutions is requested and will stand as one of the eligibility criteria of the submitted projects.

The FASIC will be implemented along three different schemes:

  • FASIC WORKSHOPS : For more information, and to apply, click on this link
  • FASIC  PHD : For more information, and to apply, click on this link
  • FASIC RESEARCHERS : More information on this link, and to apply, you can refer to the application process, on this link