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Francophone islands in the Pacific include:

  • New Caledonia – a French Overseas Territory with a unique autonomous status: ‘Collectivité d’Outre Mer sui generis

  • French Polynesia – a French Overseas Territory ‘Collectivité d’Outre Mer’

  • Wallis and Futuna - a French Overseas Territory ‘Collectivité d’Outre Mer’

  • Vanuatu – the Republic of Vanuatu has three official languages: French, English and Bislama, and historical ties with France and New Caledonia.


Most of the Research Priorities and some of the actors outlined in the French Research Landscape will be applicable and present in these islands (for instance some Universities-CNRS laboratoires d’excellence – LabEx).



  • Université de Nouvelle-Calédonie

  • Université de Polynésie Française

  • University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu (School of Law)

National Institutes present in the islands:

  • Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) (New Caledonia and French Polynesia)

  • Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer (Ifremer) (New Caledonia and French Polynesia)

  • Bureau des Recherches Géologiques et Minières (BRGM) (New Caledonia and French Polynesia)

  • Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l'Environnement (CRIOBE) (French Polynesia)

  • Laboratoire d'Etude et de Suivi de l'Environnement (LESE) (French Poly- nesia)

  • Laboratoire de géophysique (L.D.G.) (French Polynesia)

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New Caledonia

  • Institut Pasteur in Medical sciences

  • Institut Agronomique Caledonien (IAC)

  • Institut de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques (ISEE)

  • Aquarium des Lagons

  • Institut d’Archéologie de Nouvelle-Calédonie et du Pacifique

  • Gouvernement de la Nouvelle-Calédonie – various departments with specific research functions

French Polynesia

  • Institut Louis Malardé for medical research (ILM)

  • Délégation à la recherche du Gouvernement de Polynésie Française – various programs supported locally

  • Government of French Polynesia – various departments with specific research functions


Vanuatu Research Institutes

  • Vanuatu Agricultural Research and Technical Centre (VARTC)

Most of the institutions present in New Caledonia would also have cooperative program with Vanuatu and Wallis & Futuna.

There is much active research work undertaken in the Pacific region. Much of this has been documented by the PACE-Net Plus project, including the institutions involved, which are listed in this research directory: 

PACE-Net Plus was the second project funded by the European Commission to further bi-regional science, technology and innovation (ST&I) cooperation between the South Pacific island nations and the European Union.

Research in the Pacific: Service
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