2011 - Launch of Ulysses research programme
On Monday 13 June, the Irish Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs, Ms. Lucinda Creighton TD and the French Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Emmanuelle D’Achon officially launched the latest phase of the Ulysses research funding programme.
Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs
The programme is funded by IRCSET, Teagasc and administered by IRCSET (The Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology) on the Irish side and funded by MAEE (French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs) and administered by the Embassy of France in Ireland and EGIDE, the leading French agency for international mobility, on the French side.
Hadrien Laroche, French Cultural Counsellor, Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs, S.E. Emmanuelle d’Achon, French Ambassador to Ireland, and Martin Hynes, Director of the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology
This programme 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 Call for Ulysses Awards for Travel in 2012 open on 16th June 2011, Bloomsday.
Mr. Leopold Bloom, Mme. Lucinda Creighton, and H.E. Emmanuelle d’Achon
Speaking at the launch, Minister Creighton pointed out how Ulysses is key to ‘kick-starting’ collaborations between Irish and French researchers in a wide variety of areas, important for both the Irish and French economies, including agriculture, pharma-chem, ICT and green-technology.
“These collaborations have continued for many years beyond the end of their Ulysses award. The programme also benefits researchers at the early-stage of their careers, who get the opportunity to travel to laboratories in France, forging relationships that continue throughout their careers.”
Her comments were echoed by Ambassador D’Achon:
“Ulysses is an important programme for France, and is part of a larger scheme of bilateral funding programmes that France operates with over 65 countries. It is a simple, elegant, relatively low-cost way of encouraging researchers in France and Ireland to work together towards common scientific challenges."
From L-R, Ulysses Exchange Visitors Dr. Mauricio Hoyos (France), Angelica Castro (France) and Dr. Despina Bazou (Ireland) pictured with Minister Creighton and Ambassador D’Achon.
The Ulysses programme 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.
Support is provided for short visits to partner institutions and covers travel and subsistence costs. Applications involving researchers at an early stage of their academic career will be favourably received. The programme offers grants of up to 2 x €2,500 to Irish and French researchers to support visits linked to mutual research projects.
IRCSET will fund successful innovative science, engineering and technical applications. Proposals concerning agri-food research and the rural environment will be processed by IRCSET and funded by Teagasc.
For more details about the programme and applications: www.ircset.ie
The closing date for receipt of applications is at 5pm on Friday, 30th September 2011.
Group picture in the Cultural Offices of the Embassy of France in Ireland
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