List of funding and collaboration possibilities for research and sciences
Dumont d’Urville Programme
Bilateral New Zealand/France Science & Technology Support Programme
In November 2005 an arrangement was signed between
the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the
French Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and
Research and the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science
and Technology. The broad purpose of the arrangement is to
promote and support scientific and technological cooperation
between New Zealand and French researchers in the public,
non-government and private sectors. Currently, the fields of
research eligible for funding are biotechnology, nanosciences and renewable energy.
France and New Zealand have each allocated funding of NZ$90,000 per annum to the
“Dumont d’Urville Programme”. which funds travel between France and New Zealand.
Involvement of young researchers is encouraged.
Joint applications are required. New Zealand applications, in English, should be made
to The Royal Society of New Zealand : http://www.rsnz.org/funding/dUrville/. The
International Manager, Eddie Davis, may be contacted for further details Email:
French applications should be made online in French via the Egide website
(www.egide.asso.fr). Further information also available through the Embassy of France in
The call for proposals runs from late July through to late September every year.
Decisions are made in December with projects starting from January.
Pacific Fund / Fonds Pacifique
The Pacific Fund of the French Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, was created in 1986 to promote social, economic,
scientific and cultural development and integration in the Pacific.
Proposals should therefore have a strong Pacific component and
either have benefits for Pacific countries or the region as a whole,
and preferably have active involvement from organizations,
research institutes etc. in the Pacific (especially New Caledonia
French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna). Candidates are
reminded that the Fund usually favours projects with co-funding
of at least 50 % of the total cost coming from sources other than
the Pacific Fund.
Applications are to be submitted before 31 December for funding during the
Application forms may be obtained from Jean-Georges.Mandon@diplomatie.gouv.fr.
The Erasmus Mundus programme is a new global scheme,
funded through the European Commission, supporting
international mobility of postgraduate scholars and students
through high quality European Master’s Courses which include
EU-funded scholarships for participating non-European scholars
For a list of courses involving French institutions please visit :
To view the full list of selected courses involving European institutions and for more
information, including how to apply, please visit :
FP 6 / FP 7 – European Framework Programmes
In order to help provide the necessary information,
guidance and support to the New Zealand research community to
promote effective participation in European Commission
Framework Programme research projects, FRENZ (Facilitation
Research co-operation between Europe and New Zealand) was
established in 2006. FRENZ is an initiative funded by the
European Commission and the New Zealand Ministry of Research Science and Technology,
and is part of the New Zealand European Union Centres Network. Please visit
www.frenz.org.nz or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
International Research Chairs Blaise-Pascal
Highly qualified, internationally
acclaimed, foreign research scientists
in exact or applied sciences, earth and
environmental sciences, new
technologies and human or social sciences are invited to apply for these prestigious research
Each chair allows the foreign scientist to be hosted for 12 full months, possibly spread
over 2 years, in one or more well-known Higher Learning or Research Institutions in the Paris
/ Ile de France region. Five applicants are selected every year. The total amount attributed to
each project can go up to 185 225 euros, including salaries, social charges, taxes,
accompanying expenses. The candidates are required to give about ten lectures and a public
seminar at the end of the period.
The applications must be filled in by the candidate and presented by a person in charge
of the laboratory hosting the candidate. www.chaires-blaise-pascal.org.
Research scholarships at Musée du Quai Branly
The Musée du Quai Branly was officially opened in 2006. It specializes in traditional
Art from the Pacific, Asia, Africa and America. Every year the museum offers around twelve
research scholarships (1200 euros a month) in history and anthropology of non-European art
to international PhD and Post-Doctoral students, as well as a 7 000 euro prize towards the
publication of an outstanding thesis. A multidisciplinary approach is
favoured. Associated researchers and lecturers have access to a research
library of around 250 000 printed and audiovisual documents, as well as
almost 700 000 referenced documents in the museum’s database.
Applications are due before mid-May every year. More
information on the bilingual museum website www.quaibranly.fr.
Researcher at the CNRS
The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS -
Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) is recruiting over 400
tenured researchers in all scientific fields. Candidates are chosen on
the basis of an application that they have prepared and sometimes an
interview. These selections take place once a year, the call for applications usually opens
during the month of December preceding the year when the selection takes place.
Applications must be submitted mid-January and results are announced in July.
Application guide : www.sg.cnrs.fr/drhchercheurs/concoursch/pdf/guide-en.pdf.
Researcher at INSERM
National Health and Medical Research Institute
Periodically, opportunities are available for foreign doctors
and medical researchers to work at INSERM or in French hospitals.
Researcher at INRA
National Institute for Agronomic Research
The three major fields of application are Agriculture, Food
and the Environment. Foreign researchers holding a doctorate can
send in an application or take part in a competitive entry exam.
Researcher at INRIA
INRIA is a French public research institute in
information and communication science and technology. It is
an outstanding and highly visible scientific organization, a
major player in the European Research Area heavily involved in most of research and
development programs. INRIA has eight research centres in Paris, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lille,
Nancy, Nice - Sophia Antipolis, Rennes and Saclay that host 160 project-teams in partnership
with universities and other research organisations. INRIA focuses the activity of over 1100
researchers and faculty members, 1200 PhD students and about 1000 post-docs and engineers,
on fundamental research at the best international level, as well as on development and transfer
activities in the following computer science and applied mathematics areas:
- Modelling, simulation and optimisation of complex dynamic systems
- Formal methods in programming secure and reliable computing systems
- Networks and ubiquitous information, computation and communication systems
- Vision and human-computer interaction modalities, virtual worlds and robotics
- Computational Engineering, Computational Sciences and Computational Medicine
In 2009, INRIA is opening over 40 new positions within its 8 research centres:
- Junior and senior level positions
- Tenured and tenure-track positions
- Research and joint faculty positions with universities
These positions cover all the above research areas. INRIA centres provide outstanding
scientific environments and excellent working conditions. The institute offers competitive
salaries and social benefit programmes. It welcomes applications from all nationalities; it will
arrange if needed visa and working permits (also for the spouse). French schooling and social
programmes for families are well organised and highly regarded.
Calendar and detailed application information at: http://www.inria.fr/travailler/index.en.html.
Marie Curie Incoming International Fellowships
These fellowships aim to attract top-class researchers from third countries to work and
undertake research training in Europe with a view to developing mutually beneficial research
co-operation between Europe and third countries.
The researchers applying must be nationals of any third country with at least four
years’ full-time postgraduate research experience or a PhD and wishing to spend a mobility
period (between one and two years) working in a host institution
located in an EU Member State or Associated State. There is no
age limit. The researcher applies in liaison with the host institution.
If the proposal is selected, the Commission signs a contract with
the host organisation(s) which then sign an agreement/contract
with the researcher.
The eligible host institutions for Marie Curie IIF are
organisations active in research or researcher training located in EU Member States or
Associated States. Examples of research organisations which can take part include:
- National organisations (e.g. universities, research centres, etc.)
- Commercial concerns, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
- Non-profit or charitable organisations (e.g. NGOs, trusts, etc.)
- The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre
Proposals from all areas of scientific and technological research of interest to the
European Community are accepted and there are no priority areas. Research fields within the
EURATOM programme (nuclear fission or fusion) are however not eligible for funding
within the Marie Curie schemes.
More information on this Marie Curie Action :
The call for application for 2009 and all the relevant documents can be found here :
The Collège de France
The Collège de France’s objective is to « teach the professors’ own research ». It
has a unique position in France : unlike French
universities, it does not deliver degrees and has no
programm covering established knowledge ; it does
fundamental research like the French research centers
(CNRS, INRA, INSERM...) but it has the obligation to
teach the results of this research.
The Collège de France covers mathematical sciences, physical sciences, natural
sciences, philosophical and sociological sciences, and historical, philosophical and
archeological sciences. It also has chairs devoted to artistic creation or technological
The professors’ lectures are available online, both in audio or video formats. Those
files can be downloaded freely on the Collège de France website.
The Collège de France hosts young foreign researchers (advanced doctorate or post-
doctorate) in its chairs and the research centers attached to them, for stays whose duration
may vary. Those researchers are funded by the Collège de France, by their home institution,
or by an external institution.
The scientific working conditions and the hosting of the young researchers are
carefully considered. The foreign researchers have priority for the accomodation at the «
Marcelin Berthelot » Collège de France residence, in Meudon, which has 58 places. Every
year, the fundation « Fondation Hugot » of the Collège de France gives an award to a post-
doctorate foreign researcher whose work has been deemed particularly promising.
From autumn 2009 on, the Collège de France will call for international applications
for a number of positions for post-doctorate researchers.
More information : M. Olivier Guillaume (olivier.guillaume@college-de-France.fr), in
charge of the international relations at the Collège de France.