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AFRAN initiatives 2024-2025 - Call now open!

Deadline for applications: 8 August 2024

The Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation aims at significantly supporting the development of research and innovation collaborations between France and Australia through a set of activities that raise awareness on areas of mutual interest in France and Australia, as well as untapped opportunities, at federal but also locally at regional, state and institutional levels. The 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.

The identified areas for funding under these categories in 2024-25 include: energy transition, space economy, health, environmental technologies and management services, AI and autonomous systems, research-based educational outreach, and Indo-Pacific governance and culture. Those with a particular emphasis on inter-disciplinary initiatives, including with the arts and social sciences, will be prioritised.

In 2024 AFRAN seeks to consolidate its presence through a collection of in-person, hybrid and virtual means including creation of a stream of content for its online platforms (website, LinkedIn, Twitter) through the call for initiatives which will prioritise in-person events for scaling up thematic or regional communities, online webinars, café scientifiques, podcasts, professional videos, film nights with research/innovation discussants.


Applications are open to researchers and other professionals of any nationality and seniority level who are members of AFRAN. To be eligible, an initiative must:

  1. Be open (within reason and depending on the purpose) to all interested members of AFRAN to participate,

  2. Aim at creating and/or scaling up a collaborative research and innovation community within AFRAN perimeters and/or between France and Australia.

Laureates of this program will not be eligible to reapply for funding for 3 years after the year of the grant awarded*.

All research fields, including Humanities and Social Sciences, are open and coordinators of eligible projects involving French overseas territories are encouraged to apply.

*This is not applicable to hub/community leaders that would apply for their hub/community activities.

Terms of funding

A total of AUD 20,000 (twenty thousand Australian dollars) is made available for this call. Funding for submitted initiatives must be spent before 31 July 2025**.

Funding of up to AUD 4,000 (four thousand Australian dollars) can be requested per initiative. It is the responsibility of the initiative coordinator to secure any additional funding that may be required to complete the event(s) and/or manage follow-on community activities.

A selection committee appointed by AFRAN and the Embassy of France will review the applications and select successful applications as per the criteria above.

AFRAN will notify each initiative coordinator of the outcome of their applications and the amount allocated to successful initiatives.

Upon acceptance of the funding (if selected), the project coordinator agrees to:

  • Include a mention of the support provided by AFRAN on all communication materials used to promote the event/initiative

  • Provide AFRAN with said communication materials one month before the selected activity date. These materials will be disseminated through AFRAN communication channels with mentions of the procedures required to participate in the planned activities.

  • Provide AFRAN with a short one-page report (press-release style) on the outcome of the initiative no later than 1 month after completion of the main event and/or by 31 August 2025 for ongoing community-building initiatives. These reports will be made public and advertised through the AFRAN communication channels.

Application process

Applications must be submitted by using the application form below.

The application form and all supporting documents (preferably in PDF format) must be submitted before the application deadline by email to:

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

  • Call for projects opens:11 July 2024

  • Deadline for applications: 8 August 2024

  • Results announced: 20 August 2024

  • Earliest date for project start: 1 September 2024

  • Latest date for project completion: 31 July 2025**

**Reasonable extensions may be granted for projects requiring and impacted by ongoing COVID-19 related issues.

For further information, please contact:


Prof Katherine Daniell President, AFRAN Inc.  


Embassy of France  

Dr. Nathalie Simenel-Amar  

Service Science and Technology  

02 6216 0139

Dr. Kimberley Coulson

Service Science and Technology  

02 6216 0132

More information and application form:

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