R&D: launch of PHC Ulysses programme for 2019

Launch PHC Ulysses 2019

The 2019 Ulysses programme for R&D projects has been issued. Deadline for applications: 19th September 2018.

Launch of the 2019 Ulysses call for projects

The 2019 Ulysses call for projects is now open! Researchers, you have until 19th September 2018 to apply with a French-Irish research project.

Ulysses is the scheme designed to support new research collaborations between Irish and French researchers. In Ireland, Ulysses is funded by the Irish Research Council and Teagasc, and administered by the Irish Research Council. It is funded by the French Departments for Foreign Affairs (Ministère des Affaires Etrangères et du Développement International) and Research (Ministère de l’Education Nationale, de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche) and administered by the Embassy of France in Ireland and Campus France, the leading French agency for international mobility, on the French side, in partnership with EIRGRID (Ireland), RTE (France), INSERM (France) and the Health Research Board (Ireland), ADEME (France) and SEAI (Ireland).

2019 news

All research areas, including social sciences and humanities, are covered by this programme.
Special attention will be given to applications with the perspective of an application within the Horizon 2020 scheme.

This year, selected research projects will also be supported by the following strategic: 
• Electricity transmission system operator EirGrid will partner with French-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 partner with Inserm, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, to support research projects focusing on patient-oriented 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 climate change.

Aim of the programme

The aim of this scheme is to foster new collaborations between researchers in Ireland and France by funding reciprocal travel visits between two research groups over the course of one year. The longer-term goal is to establish lasting professional networks of researchers and institutes. The programme provides ‘seed-funding’ to begin such collaborations. Successful applicants are encouraged to develop their collaboration post-Ulysses by seeking larger-scale funding from other sources.


This scheme 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. 

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.

More info

For Irish applicants, more information can be found on the Irish Research Council website 
For French applicants, more information can be found on the Campus France website
Deadline for applications is set on the 19 September 2018 at 5pm.