The aim of the Ulysses scheme is to foster new collaborations between Ireland and France-based researchers by providing seed funding for reciprocal travel visits over the course of one year. The longer-term goal is to establish lasting professional networks of researchers and institutions. The scheme provides seed funding to begin the collaboration. Successful applicants are encouraged to develop their collaboration post-Ulysses by seeking large-scale funding from other sources e.g. Horizon Europe. The scheme thus facilitates the exchange of innovative ideas and approaches between Ireland and France-based researchers across all disciplines.
The Health Research Board (HRB) is partnering with the Irish Research Council’s (IRC) Ulysses travel grant to fund a number of research visits to France in three areas:
– Patient-oriented and clinical research.
– Population health research
– Health services research.
The Irish Research Council and the Embassy of France in Ireland are committed to supporting continued knowledge exchange between Irish and French researchers in spite of the COVID-19 crisis through appropriate forms of collaboration.
This year, selected research projects will also be supported by the following strategic partners:
- Electricity transmission system operator EirGrid will partner with France-based Réseau de Transport d’Électricité to support suitably aligned research projects in the area of renewable energies and smart grids.
- The Health Research Board will support research projects focusing on patient-oriented and clinical research, population health or health services research.
- The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, will provide support to research projects exploring topics relating to energies.
Support is provided for short visits to partner institutions, and covers travel and subsistence costs.
Awards will be up to a maximum of €2,500 each to Irish- and French-based research partner(s) to cover travel and living expenses*. These awards are simultaneously receivable and must be used by the end of the calendar year, 2022.
*For reasons relating to Covid-19 If one government maintains some form of travel ban: laureates will be allowed to spend 25% of their grant in 2021 on other research expenses to help with the collaboration in place of travel.
An application form and full details of the scheme can be found on the Irish Research Council website by clicking here. The closing date to submit applications is 4pm on 4 February 2021.
What we offer
A Ulysses award will involve researcher(s) based in Ireland travelling to France and researcher(s) based in France travelling to Ireland.
Awards will be up to a maximum of €2,500 each to Ireland- and France-based research partner(s) to cover travel and living expenses*. These awards are simultaneously receivable and must be used by end of the calendar year, 2022.
*If for reasons relating to Covid-19 one government maintains some form of travel ban, awardees will be allowed to spend 25% of their grant in 2021 on other research expenses to help with the collaboration in place of travel.
How to apply
One electronic copy of the application form and all related attachments must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by a person authorised by their institution to hold responsibility for research grants.
Queries not addressed in the Terms and Conditions will be answered using a frequently asked questions process. Research offices may send any queries they are unable to clarify to email@example.com.
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In Ireland, Ulysses is funded and administered by the Irish Research Council. In France, it is funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and administered by the Embassy of France in Ireland and Campus France, the leading French agency for international mobility.