France-Ireland Hubert Curien Partnership 2022 ‘Ulysses’ Programme Now Open

Mobility funding is available for researchers, particularly those at an early stage of their research career, in Ireland and in France collaborating on bilateral research projects in any discipline.

The Hubert Curien Partnership (PHC) programme promotes the exchange of scientific and technical excellence between research teams in France and various partner countries through joint research projects and bilateral research visits.

The ‘Ulysses’ PHC programme supports the reciprocal mobility of collaborators between France and Ireland. In Ireland, Ulysses is funded and administered principally by the Irish Research Council (IRC), while in France the partnerships are managed by mobility agency Campus France. While the programme covers all research disciplines, selected projects under the 2022 programme will be supported by strategic partners in one or both countries in areas including renewable energy and health services research.

Eligible bilateral project teams involve researchers from each country:

  • Eligible Irish partners include academic researchers in a third level institution or publicly funded research institution. Applications must be submitted by a person authorised by their institution to hold responsibility for research grants.
  • Eligible French partners include academic researchers and staff in an academic institute, research institute or facility, or the R&D unit of a private company associated with an academic partner.

Collaborations funded through the 2022 programme will be supported for 16 months, from September 2022 until the end of December 2023. Project activities are expected to include research visits by doctoral students and/or early career postdoctoral fellows.

Expenses for the researchers normally based in Ireland will be funded by The Irish Research Council, and any Irish partners where appropriate. Collaborators normally based in France will be funded by Campus France on behalf of the French funding partners. The award made by each agency is up to a maximum of €2,500 per project to cover travel and living expenses (subsistence), ie a maximum total of €5,000 per joint project.

Applications must be submitted in parallel by both French and Irish teams via their respective administrators.

The joint deadline for application to the 2022 programme is 20 January 2022.

Results shall be announced in June 2022 with projects to begin in September 2022.

(This report was the subject of a RESEARCHconnect Newsflash.)