FASIC Workshop PHC Program



General Framework

Science cooperation is a key pillar of the Enhanced Bilateral Strategic Partnership adopted in 2017 between France and Australia. It dramatically underpins our capacity to jointly design innovative solutions that can benefit our respective communities and ensure our economic competitiveness on a global scale.

In this context, the French Embassy in Australia puts in place in 2018 a brand new set of research collaborative instruments under the umbrella of the FASIC PHC program.  This program is meant as a catalyst and aims to support the launch and the critical early-stage development of bilateral research projects between France and Australia. It also aims to support the strategic scaling-up of science and technology collaborations.

In a nutshell, the FASIC PHC program will contribute to initiate or reinforce bilateral research collaborations, will enable scientists from France and Australian research institutions to meet and discuss future collaborative projects. This program is meant to support the establishment of joint research labs or scientific networks between France and Australia.

Funding under FASIC PHC program is not intended to support the research work itself but will be used for the implementation of international cooperation such as exchanges and travels.

The FASIC PHC program will be implemented along three different schemes:

Key features and principles applicable to all schemes

This program is based on the following principles:
  • Effective collaborative research projects: Submitted projects must be joint research projects involving at least a French and an Australian research partner ;
  • Co-funding between the French and Australian partners:
Matching fund from the partnering Australian research institutions is mandatory and will stand as one of the eligibility criteria of the submitted projects; 


1- Description of the scheme

FASIC WORKSHOPS SCHEME supports the organization of bilateral scientific workshops, jointly designed by French and Australian research groups on thematic of strategic interest for the future of the cooperation.
The objective of this scheme is to significantly contribute to the scaling up the Science and technology cooperation by allowing consistent research groups to meet and to initiate ambitious collaborations. Workshops are meant to strategically expand existing bilateral collaborations or to initiate new ones.
Ultimately, this scheme is meant to foster the structuring of Australian-French excellent multidisciplinary research communities and, when relevant, to facilitate industry’s access to outstanding bilateral science expertise.
For 2018, workshops will be preferably held in Australia.
The financial support of the FASIC WORKSHOPS SCHEME takes the form of travel grants to Australia for France-based researchers involved in the proposed workshops. The maximum total amount allocated by the French Embassy is 8000 € per project.

Australian partnering research institutions involved will mandatorily commit to provide at least equivalent cash or in kind support to the project, taking especially in charge logistics expenses of the event (i.e. venue, catering, audio-visual, accommodation of French scientists participating to the workshop…).

To summarize, the funding scheme is as follows:



Matching fund from the partnering Australian Research Institution

Missions for France-based scientists involved in bilateral research workshops


Travel costs (economy airfare) + contribution to daily expenses in Australia  (lump sum) for France-based scientists

8000 € maximum per grant

Cash/ In kind : Coverage of the logistics expenses of the workshop (i.e venue, catering, AV, accommodation of French scientists participating to the workshop...)


Total minimum expected Australian support must be equivalent to the FASIC WORKSHOPS financial support


2- Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria are the following

  • Deadlines must be strictly adhered to by applicants,
  • Applications shall clearly identify Australian research Institution partnering to the project. France-based scientists who will attend the workshop have to be listed. Scientists intending to be funded through this scheme have to be listed as well.
  • Consistency of the co-funding arrangements for the proposed workshop will be justified by a commitment letter of the Australian funding partner(s).
  • Submission to the scheme must be done by the Australia or France-based scientist coordinating the workshop project. The workshop coordinator must be either a post-doctoral fellow or a researcher.  PhD students can be involved in the workshop project but can’t be identified as the coordinator.
  • Researchers affiliated to French overseas territories Universities and research institutions are eligible and encouraged to apply
  • Every party must agree to the terms and conditions of the document about good practice and intellectual property (annex).

3- Selection criteria:

Assessment will focus on:
  • The clear description of the workshop objectives and expected impact.
  • The quality of the scientific project (originality of the research topic, quality of the research team, prospects for development and transfer of technologies)
  • the strategic interest, complementarity and scope of the cooperation
  • Workshop projects involving industry partners will be considered with attention, even if industry researchers won’t be directly funded under the FASIC WORKSHOPS SCHEME

4- Evaluation process

  • Eligible applications will be assessed by the Embassy of France in Australia

5- Conditions of award

  • Grants under the FASIC WORKSHOPS SCHEME will be managed by Campus France Agency
  • Workshops are to be held before 31 December 2018. Considering French budget cycle, no postponing to 2019 can be considered
  • The travels grant allows travel only between international airports. After the tickets have been issued a date change is not permitted.
  • Successful workshop coordinator will be required to submit a report to Campus France within two months after the completion the project. This report must also be sent to the French Embassy in Australia.

6- Eligible funding

  • Funding allocated through this scheme takes exclusively in charge French-based scientists mobility: Travel costs (economy airfare) and contribution to daily expenses in Australia (lump sum), with a maximum of 8000 € maximum per grant.

7- Intellectual property

  • It is the responsibility of the heads of project to take all the useful measures concerning the protection of the intellectual property.
  • All parties are invited to read attentively the document in annex 1 concerning best practice and rules of intellectual property. The submission of the project includes tacitly the agreement, by all the parties, in these rules

8- Follow up of the projects

  • Successful applicants will be required to submit a report to the Embassy of France in Australia within three months after the completion the project.
  • It is a requirement that any publication resulting from the project funded by this program will need to mention the support granted to the project by the French Embassy in Australia, the French Ministry of Europe and foreign affairs and the French Ministry of high education and research and the Campus France Agency.

9- When and how to apply?
  • Procedure:
  • Ensure you include all required additional documentation with your application
  • Deadline for application :
Opening of the call: 1er mars 2018
Deadline for application: 2 April 2018 pm Australia EAST
Results announcement: End of April 2018

  • Contact:
For any queries related to FASIC WORKSHOPS SCHEME, please contact:

SCAC-Section Science et Technologie

Ambassade de France en Australie

6 Perth Avenue - YARRALUMLA  ACT  2600 - Australie

Phone : + 61 (0)2 6216 0139

 Fax : + 61 (0)2 6216 0156

Email : science.canberra-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Période de dépôt du dossier Date de début: 12/02/2018 00:00
Date de fin: 04/04/2018 22:00


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