Ulysses Award

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The Irish Research Council and the Embassy of France in Ireland collaborate to offer the Ulysses Award scheme to supporting continued knowledge exchange between Irish and French researchers through appropriate forms of collaboration.

The aim of the Ulysses Award scheme is to foster new collaborations between Ireland and France-based researchers by providing seed funding for reciprocal travel visits over the course of 16 months. The scheme thus facilitates the exchange of innovative ideas and approaches across all disciplines.

Ulysses Award

This year, selected research projects will also be supported by the following strategic partners:

  • Electricity transmission system operator EirGrid will partner with France-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 support research projects focusing on patient-oriented and clinical 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 energies.

What is offered

A Ulysses award will involve researcher(s) based in Ireland travelling to France and researcher(s) based in France travelling to Ireland.

Awards will be up to a maximum of €2,500 each to Ireland and France-based research partner(s) to cover travel and living expenses. These awards are simultaneously receivable and must be used by end of the 2023 calendar year.

How to apply

One electronic copy of the application form and all related attachments must be submitted via email to ulysses@research.ie by a person authorised by their institution to hold responsibility for research grants.

Queries not addressed in the Terms and Conditions will be answered using a frequently asked questions process. Research offices may send any queries they are unable to clarify to ulysses@research.ie.

Key Dates

Activities Dates
Call Open 14 October 2021
FAQ Deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 13th January 2022
Applicant deadline 16:00 (Irish time) 20 January 2022
Expected call outcome June 2022

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