AUSTRALIA FRANCE RESEARCH FRAMEWORKS
Bilateral scientific cooperation between our two countries is strong and is structured through long-lasting and productive researcher-to-researcher collaborations. France is currently the 6th partner of Australia for scientific co-publications of rank A and the 3rd European partner under the same criterion. In many sectors, this cooperation is essential and strategic, e.g. in the Antarctic and the Oceania region.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COOPERATION BETWEEN FRANCE AND AUSTRALIA
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.
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
Develop the bilateral cooperation in the field of incubation and maturation of start-ups stemming from public research
Foster the cooperation between French competitiveness clusters and their theoretical equivalent, the Australian Growth Centers
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.
A number of French research organisations are involved within this bilateral scientific cooperation. This includes the CNRS, CNES, INRA, INSERM, Pasteur Institute, IPEV, IRSTEA, IFSTTAR and INRIA. French universities, particularly the IDEX including Paris Saclay, PSL, Sorbonne-Paris Cité are also developing strong strategic partnerships with Australian Universities.
To see the CNRS collaborations with Australia: link.
AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH LANDSCAPE
Australian research priorities, strategic advisory bodies, key Australian research actors from research organisations to universities and funding agencies
OVERVIEW OF AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH AND INNOVATION STRATEGY
Boosting innovation & science: embracing innovation, technology and science is critical to powering Australia’s economy to provide jobs and high living standards for all Australians.
PRINCIPAL AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH ACTORS
Universities, the Group of Eight and CSIRO are some of the major research actors in Australia, receiving funding from various agencies such as the Australian Research Council
FRENCH RESEARCH LANDSCAPE
OVERVIEW OF FRENCH RESEARCH AND INNOVATION STRATEGY
French research policy is conducted by M.E.S.R.I. (Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation). Research activities are carried out in higher education institutions and national research organizations (public research) as well as companies (private research), with over 600,000 people working in this sector.
PRINCIPAL FRENCH RESEARCH ACTORS AND FUNDING AGENCIES
National research institutions such as the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) and INSERM (Institute of Health and Medical Research) as well as universities are the main players in research in France
RESEARCH IN THE PACIFIC
France and Australia have signiﬁcant research interest and researcher presence in Oceania. The below section provides an overview of the Francophone presence and research laboratories/capacities which could present opportunities for AFRAN members. A more complete overview of research institutions and priority areas across all Paciﬁc Island Countries and Territories, including Australia, New Zealand, and regional bodies can be found in the “Directory of Research Capabilities in the Paciﬁc”, produced by the PACE-Net Plus European Commission funded project.