An upscaling and upskilling programme for French, German and British research teams working together bilaterally.

The British Council in France and in Germany and the French Embassy in the UK have jointly decided to launch the Springboard Programme call in order to amplify either starting or existing scientific collaborations between French, German and British labs involvind early career researchers. This scheme is part of the British Council Going Global Partnerships Programme.

While the Seed meetings administered by the French Embassy in London are targeted to bring together researchers at the very start of their collaborations, the Springboard Programme will aim at strengthening existing collaborations between the UK and France or Germany and to facilitate mobility between groups of early career researchers with a view to lead to joint grant applications (especially with Horizon Europe) and joint publications.

At least six projects will be funded including at least two grants for France-Northern Ireland/Scotland/Welsh collaborations and at least four grants for France-UK collaborations. Six other projects will be funded for UK-Germany collaborations.

The call is now closed. 

What does the programme entail?

The Springboard Programme includes:

  •  a springboard meeting between the French/German and UK collaborating team members, designed to: 

  -        enrich the project with expertise from other countries or the private sector

  -        prepare applications to large national, European or international funds

Bilateral UK-France meetings will be held either at the researchers' labs, the Higher Education, Research and Innovation Department of the French Embassy in London or at the British Council in Paris. Meetings which include Scottish universities and French partners can be held at the Institut Français d’Ecosse in Edinburgh if needed.

What will be funded?

  • Travel and subsistence during a two-day springboard meeting for all team members (up to 10 people)
  • Travel and accommodation for up to 2 French and 2 UK early career researchers (PhDs or postdocs) for specific lab placements (for up to one week).
  • Participation in communication skills training modules for early career researchers involved in the project
  • Advice and support from an EU funding consultant during the meeting and throughout the project

Please consult the Springboard Programme guidelines at the bottom of this page to get more information about the eligible expenses.

Applicants will be able to request a grant contribution for tackling barriers to diversity and inclusion. Examples of costs that can be covered include  but  are  not  limited  to additional  childcare  costs,  measures  to  support  the  participation of researchers and team members with disabilities.

Who can apply?

Research team directors of established labs having proven track-records in research in France and the UK who already work together on a joint research project can jointly apply.

Each application can include up to 10 participants, including 6 early career researchers.

Partners based in other EU countries or the private sector can be added to the project.

Lead applicants are asked to also consider encouraging participation from researchers from under-represented groups in the teams implementing their proposed activities.

Which fields will be considered?

Applications in the fields from the six following Horizon Europe thematic priorities will be taken into consideration: 

  • Health
  • Culture, Creativity and Inclusive Society 
  • Civil security for Society
  • Digital, Industry and Space
  • Climate, Energy and Mobility
  • Food, Bioeconomy, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment

All disciplines are welcome (medicine, biology, social sciences, arts and humanities, physics, chemistry, environmental sciences …). Priority will be given to multidisciplinary proposals.

This call is especially intended for teams wishing to prepare applications for European and international funding (e.g. Horizon Europe).

How to apply?

The call is now closed. 

The submitted proposals will usually include:

  • names and affiliations of the researchers involved in the project (researchers from the same institution/laboratory must have complementary skills);
  • description of the research project and skills of the various institutions/laboratories involved (with an emphasis on existing synergies and previous collaboration);
  • brief description of existing links between the researchers involved (joint papers; joint PhD between labs; evidence of national funding);
  • a specification of the types/sources of funding (e.g. UKRI, ANR international funding, Horizon Europe…) you intend to apply for as a follow up from this meeting.

All submitted proposals are evaluated for their scientific quality and relevance.