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Catalyst: Seeding - Dumont d’Urville NZ-France Science & Technology Support Programme

Specific Sub-Programme requirements:


In November 2005 a bilateral 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 Research, Science and Technology.  The Agreement was re-signed in 2010.  The New Zealand partner is now the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE).

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, through the Catalyst Fund supports applications to the Dumont d’Urville Science & Technology Programme, subject to Government appropriations. 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.

International Partner

For collaborations with researchers in France. The Dumont d’Urville is the French-New Zealand sub-programme of the French Hubert Curien international partnership programme. It is funded by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

Activity Description

The Dumont d’Urville Science & Technology Programme will fund travel, accommodation and other research related costs for New Zealand researchers visiting France to work on joint research project. Funding for French researchers’ visits to New Zealand will be funded through French Government. 

Applicants may seek funding for one or two years.


Funding up to NZ$160,000 has been allocated to support the Dumont d’Urville Science and Technology Programme in the 2019 funding round.

  • A maximum of NZ$80,000 (excl. GST) in total is available per Proposal for projects lasting up to two years.

Allowable Expenses

Expenses allowed under this Programme include the following, in connection with the Project:

Expenses for Research Exchanges

Travel is expected to be an integral part of the Project. Expenses for flights at the lowest possible rate, accommodation, visa, travel insurance, ground transport, and meal expenses are permitted and should be based on the rules of the institution with which the individual undertaking the activity is affiliated. Research exchanges can involve both staff and PhDs. The cost of buying carbon offsets is a legitimate expense where those carbon offsets are directly related to the project travel activities.

Expenses for holding symposiums, seminars and meetings

Expenses related to organising symposiums, hosting workshops and similar events are permitted (for example, consumables, printing and binding expenses, honoraria, transportation and telecommunications fees, meeting fees (excluding expenses for alcoholic beverages)).

Expenses for research activities

Expenses for consumables and other research expenses.

Expenses not covered

Funding for overheads, salaries, equipment purchase and depreciation, student fees, scholarships, or conference fees are not supported under this Programme.

Fields of Research

Proposals to the Dumont d’Urville NZ-France Science & Technology Programme will be considered from all fields of research, science and technology (including social sciences and the humanities)

Additional Eligibility Requirements

In addition to the general eligibility requirements of the Seeding Work Programme:

-       The New Zealand Principal Investigator (PI) and the French PI must both make applications to the respective application administrators in both France and New Zealand. It is essential that collaborators have coordinated their applications accordingly in each country, and are fully aware of each other’s research intentions. The New Zealand and French bid assessment processes will be consistent and coordinated (contacts for the French coordinators can be found below).

For applicants in France

Information on the current French requirements can be obtained directly on the Campus France website at http://www.campusfrance.org/fr/dumont or from the Embassy of France in Wellington email: cooperation.wellington-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr Scientific and Higher Education Attachée. 


The Society endeavours to notify applicants by March 2020.


Contract Timeframes


Contracts Initiated

Required Starting Date

Contracted Activity must be complete

Activity Report(s) required

March 2020

No later than 12 months after Application Closing Date

24 months after Contract Starting Date