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 Science and Innovation (now the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment).  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 in the fields of food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology; renewable energy and energy efficiency; biodiversity; and nanosciences.

The name of the programme acknowledges the substantial scientific contribution made by the expeditions to New Zealand by Dumont d’Urville in the early 19th Century.

To support New Zealand-initiated activities under the Bilateral Arrangement, the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE), through the International Mobility Fund, has allocated funding up to $99,000 per annum to the Programme.

Applications for the 2014 round closed on 26 September 2013. The 2015 call for proposals will be announced in June 2014.

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