Ireland - France Ulysses research funding programme launched by Mr. Sean Sherlock TD

Ireland - France Ulysses research funding programme launched by Mr. Sean Sherlock TD, Minister of State for Research & Innovation and Mme. Emmanuelle d’Achon, Ambassador of France in Ireland. Click here for more details.

Today (14th June), Mr. Sean Sherlock TD, Minister of State for Research & Innovation and Mme. Emmanuelle d’Achon, Ambassador of France in Ireland, launched the latest phase of the Ulysses research funding programme. 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. Applications for funding open on Bloomsday (Saturday, 16th June), which is celebrated in the book.
Successful researchers will each receive up to €2,500 to spend a short period in the other country to carry out their research. Almost 250 projects have been funded previously and Ulysses provides a crucial mobility experience for early stage researchers.
Speaking at the launch, Minister Sherlock said “Now in its fifteenth year, 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.”
His comments were echoed by Ambassador d’Achon: “Ulysses is a strong pillar of the scientific partnership between Ireland and France. It is a simple and relatively low-cost way of encouraging researchers in France and Ireland to work together to achieve common objectives. It is also a great satisfaction to see the Humanities and Social Sciences back in this bilateral programme. Ulysses is part of a very successful cooperation programme that we wish to further develop through a reinforcement of the partnerships between the main related institutions and by multiplying projects of excellence like the ones we will realize during the upcoming Euroscience Open Forum 2012 (ESOF) and the year-long Dublin City of Science Festival famous scientists from France will visit Dublin.”
Ulysses is managed (in Ireland) by the Irish Research Council and the French Embassy, and (in France) by Campus France, the French exchange agency. Applications can be made through: www.research.ie.

For further information, contact Malcolm Byrne, Head of Communications, Higher Education Authority
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