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Pacific Hub Call for initiatives 2024-25 - 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.

This year, AFRAN is developing its regional reach through its Pacific Hub, and will fund research and education activities relevant to Pacific Island Studies (including French overseas territories), or activities with the capacity to support the development of strategic alliances between France and Australia in the Pacific. We are particularly interested in projects 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 in the region and within AFRAN Pacific Hub. 

The identified areas for funding under this 2024-25 call include: energy transition, health, environmental sciences, research-based educational outreach, Pacific governance and culture. Projects with a particular emphasis on inter-disciplinary initiatives, including with the arts and social sciences, will be prioritised.


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 the AFRAN Pacific Hub 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.

Future editions of this program may target alternative research and innovation fields based on the strategic priorities of the French and Australian governments.

Terms of funding

A total of AUD 24,000 (twenty-four 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 6,000 (six 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.

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 global or New Caledonian current circumstances.

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:

AFRAN_call_for_initiatives_Pacific_hub 2024-2025
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