France-UK Hubert Curien Partnership Opens 2023 ‘Alliance’ Programme

Mobility funding is available for researchers in the UK and in France, particularly those at an early stage of their research career, collaborating through bilateral research projects in six major areas of scientific research.

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 ‘Alliance’ PHC programme provides funding to cover the costs of the reciprocal mobility of collaborators between France and the UK. On the French side, the programme is managed by Campus France, while in the UK it is funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and is delivered by the British Council.

Eligible joint research teams involve researchers from each country who are affiliated with higher education institutions or publicly-funded research establishments.

Collaborations will be funded for two years each, and may be in the following disciplines:

  • Mathematics
  • Chemical and Physical Sciences
  • Information and Communication Sciences
  • Biological and Medical Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Humanities

A maximum of £2,240 (€2,500) can be requested each year by UK and by French-based researchers, meaning that a total of €5,000 is potentially available in each of the two years.

Funds are to be used exclusively for travel costs and living expenses of the participating researchers, up to specified limits. The Hubert Curien programme focuses on early career researchers, and collaborations are expected to involve research visits by doctoral students and/or early career postdoctoral fellows.

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

The joint deadline for application to the 2023 programme is 30 September 2022.

Results shall be announced in January 2023 with projects to begin in April 2023.

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