Hubert Curien Protea partnership

The Hubert Curien Protea partnership is one of the Embassy’s flagship programmes for scientific cooperation.

The 2015 Protea call for proposals is now open, with submission deadline on the 25th of July 2014. All the information are available on :- The NRF website : or
- The Campus France website :

PROTEA is a research funding programme between the governments of France and South Africa which dates back to the signing of a bilateral agreement in 1994.

It aims at facilitating cooperation between South African and French scientists on joint research projects: it focuses on research exchanges, provided bi-annually on the basis of joint calls for research proposals issued by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) via its funding agency, the National Research Foundation,

PROTEA has supported research conducted within the framework of nearly a hundred joint projectsrepresenting all scientific disciplines and a wide range of higher education and research institutions both in South Africa and France, placing particular emphasis on the training of students and the development of human capital as part of its operation.

In addition, PROTEA is currently set to acquire a trilateral aspect by encouraging increasing participation in joint projects by researchers from other Southern African countries, thus serving as a platform not only for international but also inter-African cooperation.