PROTEA Programme: get incentive funding to develop your bilateral research cooperation!

PROTEA is a bilateral financial instrument supporting mobility between scientists from France and South Africa through a two-year funding. The call is open until the 30th of March!

For whom?

The South Africa - France PROTEA Programme is a bilateral incentive programme dedicated to strengthening the collaborative research between our two countries. Together with the National Research Foundation, the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation will cofund a maximum of 8 projects for this year call.

PROTEA aims at supporting mobility and training of “incoming and outgoing” researchers, contributing to the development of new partnerships and to the strengthening of advanced scientific and technological exchanges between research institutions in South Africa and France. Therefore, the call is open to all scientific disciplines and thematic areas, including social sciences and the humanities as well as the Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS). The participation of young scientists is highly recommended.

Which activities?

The selected projects will be supported for a period of two years (projects starting January 2021 and ending December 2022). Funding will be made available for visits and exchanges of scientists conducting joint research in their area of specialization as well as contribution to the organization of workshops.

The sending side will be responsible for expenses associated with international travel (flights), visas, medical insurance and subsistence while the receiving party covers accommodation costs, local/ground transport and all expenses associated with hosting of events, e.g. venue for workshops, etc.

The total budget for a project won’t exceed R300 000 for the South African side and 20 000 € for the French side.

How to apply?

Proposals must be received in both South Africa and France.

-  For the South African project coordinator:
Applications must be submitted through an online application process to the NRF on the NRF Online Submission System at

-  For the French project coordinator:
The French team’s project proposals, in French, must be submitted online at:

Find out more on the call here:

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PROTEA 2021 Call Guidelines
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publie le 25/02/2020

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