Springboard Programme for UK-France ECR partnerships

The British Council in France and Germany, along with the French Embassy in the UK, launched the Springboard Programme to enhance scientific collaborations among French, German, and British labs involving early career researchers. This initiative, under the British Council's Going Global Partnerships Programme, aims to strengthen existing collaborations and facilitate mobility among researchers. The program focuses on joint grant applications, particularly with Horizon Europe, and joint publications. It will fund at least six projects, including grants for collaborations between France and Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales, as well as France-UK and UK-Germany collaborations. The Seed meetings, administered by the French Embassy in London, target researchers at the beginning of their collaborations.



Who can apply ?

All applications need to be collectively submitted by established research team directors in France and the UK, with a demonstrated history of collaboration on a shared research project. 

Maximum of 10 participants per application with a focus on incorporating six 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.

Find all the necessary information (guidelines, what will be funded, the form, additional information)

on the page of the call for application

What fields are 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).