New Irish Research Council Ulysses Awards in Ireland 2021


Closing Dates:

New Irish Research Council Ulysses Awards in Ireland 2021
FAQ Deadline16:00 (Irish time) 13th January 2022
Applicant deadline16:00 (Irish time) 20 January 2022
Expected call outcomeJune 2022

Interested applicants can now apply for the Irish Research Council Ulysses Awards in Ireland 2021. In Ireland, Ulysses is funded and administered by the Irish Research Council.

About the New Irish Research Council Ulysses Awards in Ireland 2021:

The aim of the Ulysses 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. The Irish Research Council and the Embassy of France in Ireland are committed to supporting continued knowledge exchange between Irish and French researchers through appropriate forms of collaboration.

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.

Benefits for New Irish Research Council Ulysses Awards in Ireland 2021:

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.

Method of Application:

Applications from the Irish-based partner(s) should be submitted to the Council; applications from the French-based partner(s) should be submitted to Campus France. French-based partner(s) should visit for information about the correct submission procedure for their application.The application form must be accompanied by a description of the project written fora general scientific audience. This description should be no longer than two pages, excluding references, and cover the following headings, where relevant:

Research aims and objectives

Proposed methodology

Research plan including a schedule for task completion

Reason for collaboration and complementary team requirements

Equipment available for the project where appropriate (both in Ireland and France)Recent significant publications regarding the mutual research project (five maximum)

Contribution to the training and career development of early-stage researchers

  1. Applicants should submit a CV (one page maximum) for each of the team members (in both Ireland and France), including early career researchers, referenced in the application.
  2. If any of the applicants in the proposed collaboration have previously received Ulysses funding they must highlight new French-based partner(s) and/or new areas of research in the proposed collaboration. Applicants who are past awardees on three or more occasions will only be considered if the budget is not fully allocated.
  3. If any of the applicants in the proposed collaboration have received Ulysses funding in the past five years, a synopsis of this previous funding should be included (one page maximum). This synopsis should briefly outline the current status of the collaboration, the outputs already obtained and those anticipated in the future.
  4. Applicants should select only one strategic partner.
  5. One electronic copy of the application form and all related attachments must be submitted to the Council via email to by a person authorised by their institution to hold responsibility for research grants. This copy must include original signatures and institutional stamp.
  6. The file should be in PDF format and should include all parts of the proposal collated into one single file. Submission of multiple files is not permissible. Applications not submitted in PDF format will not be considered.


Eligible Irish-based partner(s) include academic researchers in third level institutions or publicly-funded research institutions.

• Eligible French-based partner(s) include academic researchers and staff in an academic institute, research institute or facility, or the R&D unit of a private company.

• The scheme is only open to researchers resident in Ireland or France. There are no nationality or citizenship Requirement