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Maupertuis: French-Finnish program to support researchers' mobility

Maupertuis program aims to initiate and strengthen bilateral cooperation in natural science, humanities and social sciences as well as innovation and higher education in the fields of interest for both France and Finland. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2023.


Researchers Short Mobility program (RSM)

"Higher Education, Research and Innovation" Workshop (ERI-W)



Maupertuis is the mobility program set up in France by the Institut français in Finland, the Embassy of France in Finland and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and in Finland by the Finnish Society for Sciences and Letters. The program aims to encourage cooperation in the fields of science, innovation and higher education on all research topics of mutual interest between France and Finland. It aims to promote scientific mobility between the two countries in two different ways: through short mobilities that encourage the establishment of scientific partnerships in the host country, and through scientific workshops that strengthen existing scientific partnerships.

The programme is aimed at young and established researchers in France and Finland.

1. Researchers Short Mobility program (RSM) 

This program allows selected young or more experienced researchers from France and Finland to visit their counterparts for a short period (from a few days up to 4 weeks). 

Terms and conditions

  • The call for applications is open to young or more experienced researchers from France and Finland (both ways). PhD candidates and young researchers are encouraged to apply!
  • The objectives of the visit are the following:

- To discuss the possibility of scientific research cooperation and, if possible, on higher education (mobility of students, dual degrees, joint PhD, EU applications for grants…)

- To meet with several researchers within the host institution to explore other cooperation opportunities, 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 laboratories, departments and institutions.

- To find a suitable laboratory for a post-doc to initiate or pursue a French-Finnish cooperation

Mission and funding

  • A grant of up to 1200 euros will cover travel, accommodation and leaving expenses for a first short visit in the hosting country.
  • A grant up to 2000 euros will cover travel, accommodation and leaving expenses for a 2 weeks or more working visit in the hosting country, when there is already an existing and strong collaboration between the researchers or laboratories.

2. “Higher Education, Research and Innovation” Workshop (ERI-W) 

The ERI-W is aimed at strengthening identified collaborations between researchers in France and Finland through specific workshops that can take place in Finland or in France on all research topics. It is recommended to have focused and concrete topics for the workshop that may last 2 to 4 days and involve several researchers (around 15 but not limited).

The 2024 call will highlight the opportunity for the applicant to organise multilateral (instead of only bilateral) meetings, especially if motivated by the application to Horizon Europe call for funding. In that case, all the parties participating to the workshop should contribute to its implementation.

Terms and conditions

  • The participation of students, companies, tech transfer offices, innovation councils, officials from the Institutions and from local authorities is encouraged. The participation of potential future funders of these collaborations is also highly recommended during the workshop: local authority, association, companies, PIs of national or international grants.

  • These workshops, based on state-of-the-art research, will have to cover the three pillars of the knowledge triangle:

    - Research: initiate, strengthen, foster all research cooperation to move from the researcher-researcher collaboration to a team-team or lab-lab collaborations

    - Higher Education: explore, all the possibilities to foster and implement mobility of students, dual degrees, joint PhD …

    - Innovation: explore opportunities for technology transfer and innovation and collaboration with the private sector from each country.

Mission and funding

  • A grant of up to 6000 euros will support each workshop.

The final deadline for application is September 30, 2023.


See the call for applications on the Institut français in Finland website