Funding for Seed Meetings: Results of 1st 2016 call for proposals

Following the latest call for proposals of the Funding for Seed Meetings Programme, which aims at facilitating exchanges and meetings between scientists of the UK and France and strengthening their position within the European Research Area (ERA), you will find here an overview of the selected proposals.


Due to the number of proposals submitted (25) and their very high quality, the French Embassy’s Science and Technology Department has decided to fund entirely 4 meetings instead of 3, and, in addition, to also give its support to 2 extra proposals. The six selected workshops fall in a large variety of science subjects and are all multidisciplinary. They will take place in London before the summer 2016.

  • The Neutralization of the Influenza Virus (INRA- University of Cambridge)
    The proposal aims at discovering the mechanisms by which antibodies block a large spectrum of influenza viral strains. Many fields are involved, such as: computer science, computational structural biology, physical chemistry, structural biology, virology and immunology, genetic and population biology.
    Click here to read a report.
  • Common Criteria for Verified Voting (CNRS – University of Birmingham)
    Research groups focus on the topical subject of electronic voting with the objective of creating a Common Criteria framework to evaluate the security of these systems. It brings together major sectors of security, cryptography and voting from Europe, encompassing academia, industry, certification authorities and public regional and local authorities.
    Click here to read a report.
  • Assistive Robotics Systems and Healthcare (Institut Mines Télécom – University of Reading)
    The goal of this proposal is to develop, implement and evaluate Assistive Robotics Systems for well-being and healthcare in a smart home environment. It will bring together various partners contributing specific skills in the area of robotics, smart human-machine interfaces, multi-modal heterogeneous data processing and decision aids computing.
    Click here to read a report.
  • Toward a unified strategy to control three-dimensional bluff body wakes (ENSTA ParisTech – Imperial College London)
    The proposal aims at developing a strategy and offers to harness new technologies that are able to exploit recent findings in the behavior of turbulent wakes, which are generated by the motion of a fluid around large bluff bodies. It will involve various experts in fluid mechanics (control theory, flow modelling, etc.) and numerical simulation.
    Click here to read a report.
  • Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS) (Université Paris Dauphine – King’s College London)
    This proposal aims at fostering research collaboration on collaborative economy and induced working space transformations (coworking spaces, maker spaces, fablabs etc.). In this short, one day meeting, experts will reflect on political, managerial, digital and spatial dimensions of collaborative spaces and collaborative experiences.
    Click here to read a report.
  • Magnetic and Inertial Fusion Energy physics (Ecole Polytechnique – University of Oxford)
    The proposal aims to identify physics topics of mutual interest to the Inertial and Magnetic Confinement Fusion communities and draft a set of experimental and theoretical projects. This workshop takes place in the context of an on-going close collaboration between French and British research organisations in this specific field and drafted collaborative projects will later be extended to other European partners.
    This meeting took place on 11 & 12 January 2016.

Published on 01/07/2016

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