IFAS-Research has been founded to answer France’s wish to take part in the construction of the new South Africa concerning research in the Human and Social Sciences. In Southern Africa, its mission is to develop cross-projects on the countries of the region as well as partnerships with other institutes on the continent and in the world. IFAS-Research supports several researchers every year coming from the most prestigious French and European centres on Southern Africa. It endeavours to promote the creation of mixed research teams through calls for proposals as per annual programmes. IFAS-Research hosts French students and researchers during their field trips in Southern Africa and assists Southern African researchers doing research work in Europe.