FAQ Academic partnerships

What is the PHC Ulysses programme?

The "Ulysses" scheme is designed to support new research collaborations between Irish and French researchers. It is named Ulysses after James Joyce’s famous novel to celebrate the Joycean links between Ireland and France.

The scheme facilitates the exchange of innovative ideas and approaches between Irish and French researchers and the development of mutual research projects involving young Irish researchers visiting France and reciprocal visits involving young French researchers to Ireland.

For more information, please click on this link.

How do you find an academic partner in France?

Via the list issued by the Ministry

A list issued by the Ministry of National Education, third level teaching and Research can be found here.

On this page you will find all the universities and institutions associated with research, including a research per disciplinary field from the ERC (European Research Council). For each laboratory, there is a descriptive page complete with the email address and website details.

Via the laboratories of excellence - Labex

More than 200 laboratories of excellence (Labex) are listed. These institutions have the strong support of the Ministry of Education and Research at their disposal. These lists can be found on this link and on this one.

The "Techneo" base can be used

For applied sciences

The 34 « instituts Carnot » represent structures of research (laboratories, institutes) strongly involved with business partners. These institutes can be explored on the following sit


Universities and research institutes also have their own sites and laboratory bases. For the big research institute which generally cover the whole of France and are active in numerous disciplines, there is often a directory with search engines for each research discipline:
- For CNRS
- For INRA (agronomics)
- For INSERM (health)
- For INRIA (IT)
- For IFSTTAR (transports)
- For IRSTEA (environment)
- For iFREMER (marine sciences)
- For ONERA (aeronautics)
- For CSTB (building)
- For CNES (spatial)
- For the BRGM (geology)
- For the CEA (energy)

What is the exact nature of the "projects" which can take place within that scheme?

Yearlong research projects that can result in closer collaboration or in longer term research projects (normally with European funding). One of the objectives of the program is to allow young researchers to create their own network.

Attention, the schemes are there for the development of the mobility of researchers and not to offer financial aid for theses.

Must the collaboration be pre-established or is it possible to submit a project individually?

The collaboration does not necessarily have to be established since one of the criteria of the scheme is the innovative aspect of the collaboration.

For what can the secured funding of the Ulysses scheme be used?

The Ulysses scheme is a financially funded cross-border scheme between France and Ireland, whose objective is to develop exchanges between research laboratories in the two countries.

It operates on the covering of expenses between the two countries for researchers involved in the scheme on short stay visits

The sum agreed by France covers exclusively the payment of indemnities of the duration of the trip and the French researcher’s travel: 110 EUR/per day, travel: reimbursement on permitted expenses up to the limit of 450 EUR for a return flight from France to Ireland.

Graduate researchers will receive up to 2.500 € each to return to their partner country in order to carry out their research.

Published on 10/02/2016

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