Bilateral cooperation for research and innovation


France is currently the 6th partner of Australia for scientific co-publications of rank A and the 3rd European partner under the same criterion, after the United Kingdom and Germany.

Bilateral scientific cooperation between our two countries is strong and is structured through long-lasting and productive researcher-to-researcher collaborations. In some sectors, it is essential to strategic and logistic cooperation issues (base in the Antarctic, oceanography in the Austral Ocean, defense issues).

A number of French research bodies are currently active within the bilateral scientific cooperation, amongst them CNRS, CNES, INRA, INSERM, Pasteur Institute, IPEV, IRSTEA, IFSTTAR and INRIA. French universities, particularly the new IDEX (Paris Saclay, PSL, Sorbonne-Paris Cité…) have begun the construction of strategic partnerships with their Australian partners  and are motivated by research partnerships with great potential.

To see the list of International Associated Laboratories:LIA2017

The bilateral scientific and technology cooperation has a strong potential for growth, and has entered into a dynamic of increased structuring, in the general context of reinforcement of the bilateral relationship, where technological innovation has been identified as essential for the strategic sovereignty interests and the economic growth of the two countries.

Since 2016, the intergovernmental dialogue in science and technology has been increasing. The Joint Science and Technology Meeting in Paris in October 2016 allowed convergence towards the following strategic priorities:

  • Joint research priorities: to intensify the scientific cooperation and to foster structural research partnerships between France and Australia, in shared priority fields such as state-of-the-art engineering, digital technology, ecological and energy transition,  space sciences, health, marine sciences, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity conservation.
  • In terms of university/industry sectors:
    • To foster the construction of scientific and technological partnerships associating research institutions and industries from the two countries, and supporting initiatives like Industrie du Futur/Industry 4.0
    • To develop the bilateral cooperation in the field of incubation and maturation of start-ups stemming from public research
    • To foster the cooperation between French competitiveness clusters and their theoretical equivalent, the Australian Growth Centers
    • To reinforce the bilateral cooperation in the field of student and young researcher entrepreneurship, in particular through taking advantage of all the opportunities offered by the CIFRE scheme.



Embassy of France in Australia:

  • The PHC FASIC (French-Australia Science Innovation Collaboration) Grants is a French-Australian Hubert-Curien Partnership for cooperation in science, technology and innovation. Link
  • The Scientific Mobility Program is an annual call for collaborative projects which finances the short-term mobility of researchers, including PhD students, in both directions between France and Australia through French government funding. Link
  • AINSE – ANSTO – French Embassy Program Scholarships: SAAFE – The launch of the first call in Australia: The objective of the SAAFE program is to foster research collaborations between France and Australia in nuclear science and engineering in the field of human health, environment and nuclear fuel cycle. The program will support early career researchers at PhD level to expand research and innovation activities and to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support Australia and France research and innovation. The first call for application, which will close on Monday 1st of May 2017, is open on this link.


  • AFRAN annual call for workshop projects
    In 2016, AFRAN offered grants to members of the Association to support the organisation of workshops and other activities aimed specifically at creating structured collaborations within the perimeter of AFRAN and/or between France and Australia.In 2017, the association will offer funding up to AUD 5,000 (five thousand Australian dollars) towards logistics and/or travel costs for selected projects.
    This program only funds projects initiated by members of AFRAN. Link


Calls for applications to these programs are available on the website of the Embassy of France, here.