MAUPERTUIS PROGRAM: CALL FOR PROPOSALS OPEN

Deadline for submission: January, 25th 2019

The Institut Français in Helsinki, the Embassy of France in Finland and the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation have partnered again this year with the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters in Finland to open the call for proposals of the seed funding program to initiate and strengthen bilateral cooperation in science, innovation and higher education in fields of excellence in both countries.

For this purpose, three joint programs are open:

1-French Renowned Scientist Conference Series (FRSCS) 
Joint funding from the Institut Français in Helsinki, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
This program invites outstanding academics from France, from different disciplinary and research backgrounds, to participate in an open dialogue with their Finnish counterparts.  The visit will include one major public lecture but also other discussions with researchers from Finnish Universities.
Download the application form here

2-Researchers Short Mobility program (RSM) 
Joint funding from the Institut Français in Helsinki, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
In order to initiate or strengthen cooperation in science, innovation and higher education on all research topics of excellence, this program will allow selected researchers from France and from Finland (both ways) to visit their counterparts for a short period (1-2 weeks). The objectives of such visit are:
– To discuss potential concrete collaboration on research and, if possible, on higher education (mobility of students, dual degrees, joint PhD cotutelle)
– To meet with several researchers within the host institution to explore all possible other collaborations, also in a multidisciplinary approach
– To identify short, medium and long term perspectives of collaborations and official cooperation formalization in order to build a sustainable cooperation between research teams, research laboratory, departments and institutions.
Download the application form here

3- “Higher Education, Research and Innovation” Workshop (ERI-W) 
Joint funding from the Institut Français in Helsinki, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters
In order to increase identified collaborations between researchers in France and Finland who have an existing collaborations, it is proposed to support concrete and specific workshops in Finland or in France on all research topics of excellence. It is recommended to have focused and concrete topics for the workshop that may last 2 or 3 days and involve several researchers (around 15 but not limited). These workshops, based on identified excellence, will have to cover the three pillars of the knowledge triangle:
– Research: initiate, strengthen, foster all research collaborations to move from the researcher-research collaboration to a team-team or lab-lab collaborations
– Higher Education: explore all possibilities and secure a dedicated time during the workshop to discuss mobility of students, dual degrees, joint PhD cotutelle…
– Innovation: explore opportunities for technology transfer and innovation and collaboration with the private sector from each country.
The participation, with the researchers, of students, companies, tech transfer offices, innovation councils, officials from the Institutions and from local authorities is encouraged.
Download the application form here

4- NEW PhD cotutelle grant (PhD-G) 
Funded by the Magnus  Ehrnrooth Foundation in Finland
A fourth joint program is proposed for 2019, a PhD cotutelle grant in one of the fields of science

(Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry and Medical chemistry) supported by the Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation. Applications are made using the grant application system of the Foundation plateform: https://www.magnusehrnroothinsaatio.fi/

International cotutelle of thesis cotutelle is a mechanism that promotes mobility among doctoral candidates while encouraging scientific cooperation between French and foreign research teams. Candidates conduct their research under the oversight of, and with guidance from, a dissertation adviser from each of the two countries involved in the program. Working jointly, both advisers provide a full measure of supervision for the candidate.

The candidate conducts his research in the two countries under the terms of the agreement governing the program.  This agreement may introduce more flexibility in the definition of these terms and allows adapting the general framework for each student therefore improving the proper progress of the doctoral studies.

General information about the cotutelle grant

How large, for how long, and who can apply?

The program is funded in part by the Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation (the grant to the student, 23 000 euros and a contribution towards travel costs, around 2 000 euros) per year for three to four years, as long as it takes to complete the PhD-degree. The extra costs involved for the student, when he/she spends time in the other institution are assumed to be covered with French money, which we expect will be available. The grant is awarded always for one year at a time, with the option of renewal for a total of three or four years if the project develops as planned. The program is open to both Finnish and French candidates. The deadline for applications is January 25th. The terms of the grant will be negotiated with the successful applicants. At this point only one grant in the sciences supported by the Foundation is open for call, but there is the possibility that France might contribute with a second grant. Decision on that will be taken in February 2019 we believe.

How is the application done?

The technical part of applying happens as follows. You go to the English language pages of the Magnus Ehrnrooth Foundation https://www.magnusehrnroothinsaatio.fi/en/?noredirect=en_GB.

You can study the instructions for PhD-students, because they are valid also in the cotutelle case. On most pages there is a login-button to the application system. In the system you will probably have to create a username and a password for your account. If you do this from the English language pages the instructions and the application forms will be in English. If you use Google to find the web pages, you will probably land on the Finnish language pages, so you will need to change language. There is a button for that in the upper right corner of every page. On the Finnish language pages it says “vaihda kieli” the Finnish for “change language”. Press that and make your choice. Make sure that your application is submitted before the deadline. It is not sufficient to save it. After saving your work you may always return to it afterwards and continue working on the application up to the deadline. After submitting it you can no longer make changes to the application.

Your research plan might include a few sentences about the additional benefits of the cotutelle to your research and a statement from the student (on a separate page) on why he/she is interested in doing the cotutelle.

For more informations please contact Dr Mathieu LEPORINI, Attaché de Coopération Scientifique et Universitaire: