The 15.7 million euro (22.8 million Australian dollars) network will be led by RMIT’s European hub in Barcelona – RMIT Europe – and will involve 37 universities in France and Australia.
Co-funded by the European Commission, along with RMIT and its partners, the five-year project will employ 64 early-career PhD students, with a focus on generating industry-relevant research.
Researchers will be mentored by experienced supervisors from academia and industry and will receive training and support, including annual workshops and group events.
Speaking at the Australian Embassy in France, Vice-Chancellor and President of RMIT University, Professor Alec Cameron, said AUFRANDE was poised to nurture a new generation of early-career researchers very efficient.
Australian and French research ecosystems are connected at scale in a way never before realized.
This is only possible thanks to the unique positioning of the European hub of RMIT, able to act as a bridge between the two countries thanks to its in-depth knowledge of the functioning of research funding in the two regions.”
Professor Alec Cameron, Vice Chancellor and President of RMIT University
Australia’s Ambassador to France, Her Excellency Gillian Bird, said the creation of the network marked a significant collaboration between the two nations.
“I am delighted to see the relationship between Australia and France further strengthened through collaborative research,” she said.
The Director of Research at École Centrale de Lyon, AUFRANDE partner, Professor Christophe Corre, welcomed this opportunity to intensify and diversify research collaborations, with significant impact expected on several scientific issues. and technologically acute.
“From photonics and nanotechnology to acoustics and energetics, bright young researchers will find exciting AUFRANDE PhD positions in the Centrale Lyon laboratories,” he said.
The AUFRANDE award consolidates RMIT Europe’s expertise in leading large-scale, multi-partner international PhD programs, following last year’s REDI award, which links RMIT to 24 partners in 10 countries.
The new network will also establish a significant number of joint supervision agreements between French and Australian partners, laying the foundations for continued high-level collaboration well beyond the end of the project.
Researchers will be employed in French academic institutions and will spend up to one year on secondment at an Australian university. They will receive French and Australian doctorates upon completion of their research.
Other Australian partners include UNSW Sydney, University of Tasmania, Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. See the full list: https://bit.ly/3p2CYe0.
The first group of PhD students will be recruited through a global recruitment campaign which is expected to start in early 2023.