Tools for research cooperation
New Zealand/France research cooperation is primarily driven by bottom-up initiatives from researchers. The instruments on both sides for promoting scientific exchanges and networking therefore play an important role in providing opportunities for collaboration.
- CNRS International Cooperation Tool Kit
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The French National Centre on Scientific Research (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique – CNRS) has developed five programs to give institutional visibility to strategic cooperations:
- International Project for Scientific Cooperation (PICS),
- Joint Research Project (PRC),
- International Associated Laboratory (LIA),
- International Research Network (INR),
- and International Joint Unit (UMI).
These programs can support mobility of researchers and small equipment, create a research network, or structure a collaborative work through an LIA or UMI. Each program presents specificities in terms of eligibility, funding, and duration.
In 2017, CNRS had three ongoing International Projects for Scientific Cooperation (3-year international cooperation projects- PICS) with New Zealand:
- “Designed interfaces: Stable Monolayers for Smart Surfaces”, chemistry project with the MacDiarmid Institute
- “Observation and climate modelling at vineyard scale in the context of climate change”, environmental research with the University of Canterbury
- “Study of the role of the neuropeptides RFRP3 in modulating anxiety/stress and its interplay with the neuropeptide kisspeptin to influence reproduction”, health project with Otago University
In addition, one International Associated Laboratory (LIA) is currently being assembled between CNRS and Massey University. This “laboratory without wall” would enable to pool human and material resources for 3 years around the research topics of “Adaptation to climate change of subantarctic and southern alpine plants”.
- Dumont d’Urville and Catalyst: Seeding
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The Dumont d’Urville programme is a travel grant scheme between France and New Zealand. The fund was established in 2005 and funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported by the Ministry of Research and Higher Education, and New Zealand’s Ministry for Business, Innovation & Employment. Nearly 70 projects have been funded since its inception. All research fields are eligible, but over the past years it has particularly supported collaboration in agronomy and agriculture, and nanosciences.
In 2015, MBIE re-shaped its international research support to provide a more simplified and streamlined fund that better supports high quality international science collaborations for New Zealand. The fund is called ‘Catalyst’ and consists of four funding streams that target investment in leadership, influence, seeding and strategic cooperation. The Dumont d’Urville programme is maintained under Catalyst : seeding and is administrated by the Royal Society of New Zealand.
- Pacific Fund
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Created in 1985 by French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, the Pacific Fund has been funding projects contributing to the regional integration of French territories in the Pacific: New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna. In average, every year two new projects involve a New Zealand research institute and benefit from an average grant of 30 000€ per project. Current funded research areas cover climate change, risk mitigation for natural disasters, economic and industrial projects, health safety and food safety.
- France Aotearoa Science Technology and !nnovation (FAST!) Society
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Created in 2017, the not-for-profit France Aotearoa Science Technology and !nnovation (FAST!) Incorporated Society purpose is:
- To structure and strengthen the collaborations between France and Aotearoa New Zealand
- To foster scientific advances
- To stimulate communication and enhance sharing in science and innovation between the two countries.
FAST! actively develops the France/New Zealand science and innovation network through workshops, communication, and support of student exchanges.
Check FAST! Student Conference Award for more information.
- International research initiatives
Global research initiatives can unlock fundings or research capabilities on specific themes. For instance, France and New Zealand are part of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.
Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases
Launched in 2009, the Global Research Alliance brings 49 countries together to find ways to grow more food while limiting greenhouse gas emissions. The alliance is divided into four research groups addressing challenges related to paddy rice, livestock, croplands, and developing an integrative research approach. New Zealand hosts the Alliance Secretariat which supports the work of the Research Groups and Council.
The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries sponsored the creation of an international capability in livestock emission research with the LEARN awards scheme supporting technical trainings, co-funded PhD scholarships, Postdoctoral Fellowships and Senior scientist awards. New Zealand partner institutions include AgResearch, Landcare Research- Manaaki Whenua, Massey University, the Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre, the University of Waikato. France is part of the integrative research group and French partners are CIRAD, INRA, and the Ministère de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentaire.