Australian French Association for Science and Technology (Victoria) Inc

General Information

The Forum for European-Australian Science & Technology Cooperation (.FEAST) is a joint inititative of the European Union and the Australian Government for establishing and maintaining collaborative links beween Europe and Australia in the conduct of scientific and technological research.

More specifically, FEAST has the overall aims of :

  • highlighting existing multilateral and bilateral Science and Technology cooperation between Europe and Australia; and
  • improving this cooperation, particularly multilateral cooperation, through identifying priorities and enhancing the quality, quantity and visibility of future action.

FEAST-France is the branch of FEAST which is dedicated to cooperative research activities undertaken jointly in France and Australia.  Depending upon the complexity of the research entailed, cooperation can be at either the individual level or between organisations.  Individuals involved may be undertaking post-graduate, post-doctoral, institutional or industrial research; while the organisations involved may be either academic, institutional or commercial.

For further information on FEAST-France , please click here.

Study Fellowships


In support of the FEAST-France mission, AFAS Victoria annually awards up to three Fellowships to Victorian researchers wishing to undertake a study tour to France.  These fellowships, each valued at up to $5000, are granted as a complement to the Victoria Fellowships awarded by the Victorian Government.

The AFAS Victoria Fellowships for 2010 were funded jointly by AFAS Victoria and by sponsorships from Latrobe University, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University and Swinburne University of Technology.

Since the inaugural presentation in 2004, a total of twenty nine AFAS Victoria / AFAS FEAST-France Fellowships have been awarded.  For a background on the recipients, please click here.

Prospective candidates for a Fellowship seeking information in regard to French universities and research institutes, are encouraged to visit the following websites :

For all information on applying for an AFAS Victoria Fellowship in conjunction with a Victoria Fellowship in 2017,
please refer to the  veski  website.

Scientific and Technological Collaboration

French-Australian Science and Technology Program

The French-Australian Science and Technology Program (FAST) is a joint initiative of the Australian and French Governments, with the objective of promoting and supporting scientific and technological cooperation between Australian and French researchers in both public and private sectors.

FAST provides financial assistance, on a competitive basis, for collaborative research projects in leading-edge areas of research that seek support for eligible activities and which meet the objectives of the International Science Linkages (ISL) program.  The program supports the international travel and living expenses associated with participation in the research project.  Funding does not extend to insurances, salaries and equipment expenses, and other activities/costs not eligible for support.

Projects may range from short international visits or activities to more complex projects spanning up to 2 years.  Australian firms, including small to medium enterprises, are eligible for support under the FAST Program, but not to engage in technology transfer or diffusion activities.

For further information, please refer to the  FAST  website.

Pacific-Europe Network for Science & Technology


The Pacific-Europe Network for Science & Technology (PACE-Net) was established in November 2010 with the objective of fostering a regional dialogue between the Pacific and Europe on science and technology.  Researchers who live or work in the Pacific, are interested in working in the Pacific, or have research interests that they consider may be applicable to the Pacific, are cordially invited to join the network.

A flyer in English and French with further explanatory information is available for reference by clicking here.
An application form and surveys for interested organisations and/or research groups are available on the website

Australian Participation in the European Seventh Framework Programme

Seventh Framework Programme

Opportunities for Australian-French research collaboration additionally exist within the scope of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission.  Potential participants in the programme are accordingly encouraged to refer both to the FEAST Bulletin  regarding this matter and to the latest relevant  FEAST Discussion Paper.

FEAST-France Publications

The Scientific Section of the French Embassy in Canberra produces two periodical publications of relevance to AFAS members.  For details of these, please refer to the Publications page.


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