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The Alliance Hubert Curien programme is a partnership between the French and British governments. It aims to encourage reciprocal mobility between early career researchers in both countries, leading to closer collaboration on existing research projects as well as strengthening connections that could lead to more Franco-British collaboration on future projects.

Research groups in the UK and France can each apply for funding for travel and subsistence costs which will enable reciprocal mobility over a two-year period. 

Applications from researchers working in the following scientific domains are welcomed: Ecology & Environment; Engineering, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Computer Science, Earth Science and Space Science. 

The call for applications for funding in 2020 is now closed. A new call will be opened in Spring 2020 for funding in 2021.  

The information that follows applies to UK researchers only, French researchers should submit their applications via the Hubert Curien Partnerships platform, managed by Campus France

What is the Alliance Hubert Curien programme?

The Alliance Hubert Curien programme allows early career researchers working in the eligible fields to apply for a grant to cover reciprocal mobility over a 2 year period. The grants are designed to strengthen current research projects, and to strengthen links for future collaboration between the UK and France.

A maximum of £2,240 (EURO 2,500) can be requested each year by UK- and French-based researchers, meaning that a total of EURO 5,000 is potentially available to support reciprocal mobility in each of the two years.

The costs that can be covered as mobility are limited to travel costs and subsistence/per diems while abroad. Visas, insurance and other costs are not covered.

Which areas of research are eligible?

Applications from researchers working in the following fields are particularly encouraged:

  • Mobility of the future  (including AI and battery technologies)
  • Clean Growth (including new nuclear and research and technology to tackle climate change)
  • Artificial Intelligence and data
  • Ageing society

Can I apply?

You must fulfil the criteria below to be eligible:

UK applicants must be based in the UK and must be an employee affiliated with a recognised publicly funded research establishment or public or private Higher Education Institution.

In most cases, applicants must be early-career researchers (‘R2 – Recognised Researcher’) or at the very beginning of R3 level as specified in the European Commission’s “Towards a European framework for Research Careers”. 

We would expect early career researchers to be at the beginning of their research careers and to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to applying for the grant. Allowances can be made for career breaks or other extenuating circumstances.

If a researcher does not hold a PhD, but has research experience equivalent to a PhD-holder and works in a field where a PhD is not a prerequisite for established research activity, they will still be considered eligible. If a researcher obtained their PhD within the past ten years but holds a senior position they may be considered a Senior Researcher and therefore not eligible.

Applicants can be of any nationality, but they must be able to secure and fund a visa for the planned mobility to France.

Travel may only be between the UK and France.

How do I apply?

Applicants must submit a completed online application form via the British Council system. Email submissions will not be accepted. The online form can be found at the top and bottom of this page.

The online form allows applicants to enter information and save it for a later date until final submission.

In addition to filling in the online form, applicants are required to upload the following documents:

  1.  A signed letter of support from the Head of Department (or equivalent) of your current home institution.
  2.  CVs of all UK researchers who will be travelling.

Note that in order to be eligible, the French institution must also have submitted their application via the French process in line with the respective eligibility requirements and deadlines.