The bilateral cooperation in research between France and Malaysia has started more than 30 years ago. Based on strong relations and mutual respect, it is recognised to be at high level and high quality.

Joint research mainly cover different domains such us sustainable environment, sustainable chemistry, economy and management of tropical forest, biodiversity, engineering, material physics, social sciences, computer sciences, health.

The cooperation is structured through two International Associated Laboratories, one international Group of Research, one platform of research, one Institute and many others agreement between labs and groups of researchers from both countries.
A new partnership of research between France and Malaysia, PHC Hibiscus, has been approved at the end of 2018. The first call For project has been launched in February 2019.

The CUFM support the exchange and sharing of knowledge and expertise between France and Malaysia through its program « French scholar to Malaysia » and « Malaysian Scholar to France »


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PHC Hibiscus

France and Malaysia have agreed to create a joint funding program for the development of innovative and high-level joint research projects. This “matching grant” program is called Hubert Curien Partnership France Malaysia Hibiscus – PHC Hibiscus.

This partnership between the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Malaysia and the French Government aims to support research projects carried out jointly by Malaysian and French teams. These co-operations will develop synergies between the research communities of the two countries in order to create structured and sustainable high standards research networks recognized at the European and international level.

The schedule for the 2nd Franco-Malaysian PHC HIBISCUS Call for proposals 2020 is the following :

Launch of the call for proposals : 1st December 2019
Deadline for application : 31st January 2020
Dissemination of results: May 2020
Beginning of projects: May 2020

Two applications must be submitted for the joint project to be eligible:

The French application must be submitted to Campus France at
and the Malaysian application file must be submitted to Malaysia Greater Research Network Systems (MyGRANTS) at

More information and precisions on PHC Hibiscus are available for each group on their respective website for application.

Contact for the program

Ø French Contact Person

Dr. Angeline Blanc-Serre
Attaché of Scientific and University
Cooperation Embassy of France
in Malaysia Level 31 – Integra Tower 348
Jalan Tun Razak 50400 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Email :

Ø Malaysian Contact Person

Rohida Kamis
Senior Principal Assistant Director
Special Fund and Coordination Section       
Institutions of Higher Education Research Excellence Division
Department of Higher Education   

Mél :

Siti Fazlina Mohd Sani   
Senior Assistant Secretary
Special Fund and Coordination Section
Institutions of Higher Education Research Excellence Division
Department oh Higner Education
Mél :

MFUC Scholar Programme

MFUC Scholar Programme is dedicated to the mobility of French and Malaysian experts wishing to share their experience and excellence.

When you are invited by the partner country to give a talk or to participate to a conference, to share your expertise of Higher Education, Research and you need financial support for your mobility, then this is the programme for you.

If you are interested to know more about MFUC Scholar Programme, feel free to contact us by fillling in the form below.

Research Programme