2017 Call for applications: Pacific Fund [fr]
The Permanent Secretariat for the Pacific has launched a call for applications for projects eligible for support in 2017 from the “Fund for economic, social and cultural cooperation in the Pacific”, commonly referred to as the “Pacific Fund”. Created in 1985 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI), it contributes to the regional integration of the French territories in the Pacific: New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna
In 2016, 3 of the selected projects involved a New Zealand partner:
- VARAPP – Climatic variability on islands and applications
(New Zealand: University of Auckland, NIWA; New Caledonia: IRD Nouméa, Météo France; Institut Pasteur of New Caledonia, Direction des Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales; French Polynesia: University of French Polynesia)
- Fruit flies – Implementation of integrated management of fruit flies in New Caledonia
(New Zealand: Plant & Food Research; New Caledonia: IAC, USA: ISCA)
- MANA’O - Could mangroves developing on atolls face up to rising sea levels?
(New Zealand: GNS Science; French Polynesia: Association of honey makers)
The call for applications is open until 18 November 2016 (midnight NZ time), for projects starting in 2017. The Pacific Fund allocates on average 30,000€ per project.
To be eligible, projects must fall under one of the following categories:
- Enabling French territories to be involved in the fight against climate change and in risk management for natural disasters. Projects helping States observe their obligations and implement the decisions made at COP21 as well as those which will be made at COP22 will be particularly appreciated.
- Economic and industrial projects (feasibility study, impact study, training actions…)
- Health security (fight against endemic diseases: non-communicable or due to infections)
- Food security (fishery management, actions for economic and growth development)
Beyond these topic criteria, preference will be given to projects highlighting planned efforts for communication, efficiency measures, monitoring and follow-up using indicators and medium and long-term impacts.
- The projects must be jointly financed for at least 50% of the total sum of eligible expenses,
- Provision for recurrent projects should be made in the initial application, or may be the subject of a new application in subsequent years, without the automatic granting of successive contributions.
- Applications must be written in French,
- Projects must be submitted to local French representatives in the Pacific – the Cultural and Scientific Office of the Embassy of France in Wellington for New Zealand.
Beneficiaries will be strongly encouraged to present definite pledges of support from their possible funding partners.
The decisiveness of a Pacific Fund contribution for the project’s realisation will be an assessment criterion.
To lodge your application or to request further information, please contact us : cooperation.wellington-amba[a]diplomatie.gouv.fr
For more information on the Pacific Fund, see the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Internation Development website (in French).