Call for Applications

Funding for Seed Meetings – International cooperation in research between France and the UK

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Application Deadline: 25 November 2018.

As part of its mission to promote research collaborations between France and the United Kingdom, the Higher Education, Research and Innovation Department of the French Embassy in London aims to facilitate exchanges and meetings between researchers of both countries and reinforce their position within the European Research Area (ERA).

Objectives of this call

The Department provides the logistics and financial support for a 2-day meeting in London for a maximum of 20 researchers (per meeting) to meet, exchange and discuss priorities for an emerging collaborative project. Priority will be given to multidisciplinary applications.

This call is especially intended for teams willing to work on a practical strategy and/or prepare applications for funding (Horizon 2020, ANR, RCUK, etc.) for an international scientific collaboration.

The Higher Education, Research and Innovation Department will provide support for:

  • Travelling costs for all the meeting participants (low cost air travel and equivalent 2nd class for train travel – European travels only);
  • Accommodation and lunch catering for all the participants.
  • Meeting facilities: all selected meetings will be hosted within our premises in London (6 Cromwell Place, Kensington, London SW7 2JN).

Experience shows that the best format for this type of meeting is as follows:

  • Day 1: arrival and buffet lunch; afternoon dedicated to the presentation of the various institutions/laboratories involved and the specific skills each researcher can bring into the project;
  • Day 2: participants work on the elaboration of the collaborative network within a European perspective.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Each application (between 8 and 20 attendees) must be led by an existing relationship between a researcher from a French institution (universities, public research laboratories, private research institutions) and a researcher from a British research institution.
  • The additional partners can be based in other EU countries or ERA associated countries.
  • Research coordinators must come from a research institution. However, additional participants can represent any type of organization such as startups, companies, charities, etc.
  • All disciplines are welcome (medicine, biology, social sciences and humanities, physic, chemistry, arts, environment sciences …). However priority will be given to multidisciplinary proposal.

How to Apply:

Please fill in the attached application form and send it by email to info[at]

You are free to apply either in French or in English.

The submitted projects will include:

  • names and affiliations of the researchers involved in the project (researchers from the same institution/laboratory must have different skills);
  • description of the research project and skills of the various institutions/laboratories involved (with an emphasis on the possible synergies);
  • brief description of existing links between the researchers involved (Joint PhD between labs, previous visits of researchers…);
  • in case those have already been identified, a specification of the types/sources of funding (e.g. Horizon 2020) you intend to apply for as a follow up from this meeting.

All submitted scientific projects will be evaluated for quality and relevance.
All applications will be responded to within 3 weeks of the deadline.


  • Application dates: 22 September to 25 November 2018.
  • The selected participants will be notified in December 2018.
  • The meetings should take place, on an agreed date, between February and June 2019.

The call for application is biannual (open in May and November each year).

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