Funding for Seed Meetings - International cooperation in research between France and the UK [fr]

From Franco-British collaboration to European networks

The call for application is closed; next call in May 2021color>.
You may also visit the webpage of the call in French.


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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 for a maximum of 14 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, UKRI, EDRF, etc.) for an international scientific collaboration.

Support provided

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 (up to 2 nights, depending on origin of travel)
  • Lunch and dinner for all participants.
  • Meeting facilities: selected meetings will be hosted within our premises in London (6 Cromwell Place, Kensington, London SW7 2JN). Meetings led by Scottish universities and French partners can be held at the Institut Français d’Ecosse in Edinburgh.

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 and project within a European perspective.

Who can apply?

Each application (between 7 and 14 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, arts and humanities, physics, chemistry, environmental sciences …). Priority will be given to multidisciplinary proposals.

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. UKRI, ANR international funding, EDRF, 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.


By applying, applicants indicate their agreement if successful to provide:

A short summary, presenting the purpose of the seed meeting and the attendees (a few lines) Within a couple of weeks after the meeting To be posted on our website
A more detailed report about the meeting and its initial outcome (2 pages) Within a couple of weeks after the meeting Short term internal and confidential follow-up
Response to a brief on-line questionnaire by the 2 leaders of the seed meeting One and two years after the meeting Long term internal and confidential follow-up
(update on any further development of the project)

Call for applications: "first half of 2020"

  • The call for applications is now closed
  • Results have been published here
  • The meetings will take place between 2nd March to 29th May, 2020. Due to covid-19 the meetings are postponed to the next semester.

The next call will open in May 2021 for the second half of 2021.
The call for application is biannual (open in May and October each year).

Selected projects from previous calls

Please send any request and your application by email to info[at]

Published on 06/11/2020

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