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Joint Research Programme (PRC) CNRS / University of Melbourne - Call for projects 2017

14 février 2017

The CNRS and the University of Melbourne are launching a joint call for research projects. Three grants of 4000 € for the CNRS lead applicants will be funded in 2017.

Context and objectives

The CNRS signed, on March 19th 2014, a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Melbourne in Australia. This University, ranking first among the Australian universities, is a pioneering University in terms of research and technological development. It is at the forefront of innovation.
This Memorandum is concretized among other cooperations through a call for projects, launched jointly. It will allow researchers from both organisations to identify, initiate and/or develop collaborative research activities.

Application submission and funding

All applications must be bilateral : the CNRS and the University of Melbourne lead applicants must submit corresponding applications to their own organisations for the same project and in the same deadlines.
See the Australian call for projects on

In 2017, this Joint Research Programme (PRC) will allocate three grants for one-year projects. These are non renewable and are jointly selected and funded by the CNRS and the University of Melbourne (see agenda below). CNRS support amounts to 4,000 Euro by selected project. It allows the funding of expenses for missions and events organization. The University of Melbourne will do as well for Australian lead applicants.

In France, the lead applicants of the French research unit must apply at the DERCI (Europe of Research and International Cooperation Office) of the CNRS and use the on-line form on the CoopIntEER application :

Warning ! Applications must be approved by the Director of the research unit. None of the applications will be taken into account without this validation. The Director must approve on-line the application by using their Labintel “Administrateur de l’Unité” password.

In Australia, the lead applicants of the Australian research unit must fill in the form on


In France, CNRS researchers, university professors-researchers and researchers from other research organisations working in CNRS research units are eligible.
A lead applicant who has already benefited from CNRS funding in the framework of this programme with the University of Melbourne cannot apply again.


Applications will be assessed simultaneously in each country, by the CNRS and the University of Melbourne. The final selection will be joint.
At the CNRS, it will be done by the Institutes.
The following aspects will be evaluated :

  • the scientific project (scientific quality, originality of the thematic, clarity of objectives, methodology),
  • the interest of the cooperation (complementarity of the teams, added value of the cooperation),
  • the potential participation of PhD students and/or young researchers.


Call opens on : Wednesday 15th February 2017

Applications due by : Friday 31st March 2017 at 11:59 pm (Paris time)

Assessment of the projects : April 2017

Joint selection by the CNRS and the University of Melbourne and results released : beginning of May 2017

Funding and beginning of the project : May 2017 for one year.

Warning : CNRS grants must be spent during the French fiscal year 2017.


Eudora Berniolles, International Programme Manager for North America and Oceania
Email address : eudora.berniolles
Phone : (+33) (0)1 44 96 51 85