International funding

The objective of the CHP is to develop scientific and technological exchanges of excellence between the research laboratories of two scientific communities, by encouraging new cooperation. They are set up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research.

Research projects must be established jointly by two research teams, one French, the other foreign. The CHP finances the international mobility of the researchers involved in the partnership.

Deadlines for submission vary by destination:

  • May: Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Switzerland, Latvia, Brazil, Italy, Algeria, Slovenia, Hungary.
  • June: Germany, Belgium, Palestine, Brazil, Hong Kong, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Iran and the Netherlands.
  • July: New Zealand, Serbia, Thailand.
  • August: Taiwan.
  • September: Iceland

The aid granted depends on the destination and the length of stay. You can find the average costs and deadlines per destination on the Campus France website.

The Engineering and Project Support Department of the Innovation and Partnerships Directorate is at your disposal to assist you in putting together your proposal.

COFECUB (Comité Français d'Evaluation de la Coopération Universitaire et Scientifique avec le Brésil), was created in 1979 to evaluate and manage research and training exchanges with Brazil.
This programme represents a total of 134 projects and about 530 missions per year. They concern various disciplinary fields and the projects supported by COFECUB have resulted in numerous scientific productions.
Two agreements are currently in place:

  • The CAPES-COFECUB agreement aims to perpetuate high-level exchanges. It co-finances the short missions of researchers in equal measure and fully funds Brazilian scholarship holders.
  • The mission of the USP-COFECUB agreement is to create a system of academic exchanges through which Brazilian and French research professors develop high-level joint research.

Learn more about the COFECUB Programme.

The Evaluation - Orientation of Scientific Cooperation (ECOS) programme is designed to support projects of excellence in scientific collaboration with Latin American and Caribbean countries. It finances exchanges between researchers in the form of short-term missions, advanced training courses and doctoral scholarships. The programme is open to all fields of knowledge. Its method is based on two fundamental principles: partnership and transparency.
The partnership starts at the level of the institutions, the teams of academics and researchers who together elaborate a scientific project where their intellectual involvement must be equivalent.
Find out more about the ECOS Programme.

Postgraduate Cooperation Programmes (PCP) aim to promote the training and further training of all higher education and research actors. PCPs allow the valorisation of joint research results and the implementation of international training and research actions. The co-directed or co-supervised thesis system is the main instrument of this programme, which thus involves doctoral training for students from France and the countries concerned.

The Regional Programme France Latin America - Caribbean (PREFALC) is a French programme of academic and scientific cooperation with the countries of Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean.
Objectives of the programme :

  • to develop academic and scientific exchanges between French universities and their partners in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • encourage the creation of joint Masters courses and/or introduce French training modules into existing Masters courses at partner universities;
  • promote the establishment of double degrees at Master's level and co-supervised doctorates;
  • to participate in the emergence of a "European Union-Latin America-Caribbean higher education area".

Eligibility conditions and operating procedures
Projects must involve students at Master/Maestria level in the partner institutions and present the organisation of training modules. Inter-university partnerships of a renewable duration of two years may be formed at least between a higher education institution in France and an institution in a Latin American and Caribbean country.
Each project is subject to an annual report as well as scientific and pedagogical follow-up.
Application form to be downloaded from the PREFALCwebsite
More information on the PREFALCwebsite

The PUF programme promotes Franco-American exchanges in the framework of higher education and research. This programme is placed under the aegis of the French American Cultural Exchange Foundation.
PUF funding is open to all American and French higher education and research institutions. All types of projects are eligible for funding (collaborative research, student or faculty mobility, establishment of joint transatlantic degrees, etc.). All disciplines are concerned.
Learn more about the PUF programme.

The FCRF supports Franco-Canadian research projects and develops scientific exchanges in all fields of knowledge, from the "hard" sciences to the humanities and social sciences. It operates through an annual call for proposals and applications are evaluated by a panel of Canadian experts and the French Ministry in charge of research.
For more information, visit the website of the French Embassy in Canada.

The Samuel de Champlain Programme is aimed at academics and research professionals in research centres or institutes in France and Quebec. It supports the international mobility of researchers and students participating in Franco-Quebec research projects.
Find out more about the Samuel de Champlain programme

European funding

For the first time, Horizon 2020 brings together in a single programme European research and innovation projects such as the CCRTP, Euratom, actions for innovation of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
This new programming refocuses funding on three priorities that correspond to the expectations of French stakeholders:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Industrial primacy
  • Societal challenges

International cooperation is an integral part of the Horizon 2020 programme.
Access the Horizon 2020 international cooperation table.
Learn more about the Horizon 2020 programme.

Erasmus + programming 2021-2027

Erasmus + is the European Commission's programming for training-related aspects.
The programming includes two main types of actions:

  • Actions related to the mobility of students and staff of higher education institutions as well as strategies for the creation of joint masters.
  • Cooperation to promote educational innovation, academic excellence and closer ties with the economic world

KEY ACTION 1: Mobilities

The Joint Masters

The programme supports the establishment of integrated programmes of excellence at Master's level, proposed by consortia of higher education institutions from at least 3 European countries and possibly from third countries, including the funding of mobility grants for students and scholars.

The programmes must involve mobility between the institutions of the consortium and lead to the award of a double, multiple or joint degree recognised by the competent authorities of the countries concerned. All disciplines are eligible.

The European grant for Joint Masters Courses covers management costs and scholarships for excellence for the best students in the world. The duration of the project is divided into a first preparatory year and three cohorts of students renewable under certain conditions. Thus, the duration of a project can vary between 4 and 5 years depending on the duration of the Master (1 or 2 years).

KEY ACTION 2: Cooperation for innovation and good practice

Strategic Higher Education Partnerships

Strategic partnerships support cooperation between organisations active in the field of higher education in the joint development of curricula, intensive programmes, new pedagogical approaches, and the exchange of good practice.

The activities funded under a strategic partnership are grouped into categories:

  • Implementation and management of the project
  • Intellectual productions
  • Transnational meetings
  • Study/learning/teaching mobility activities
  • Actions likely to ensure the dissemination and further development of the programme (multiplier events)
  • Exceptional activities
  • Activities involving the participation of people with special needs are encouraged and specific financial support is provided

Student mobility can be funded under these partnerships as well as long-term teaching assignments and short-term training seminars for staff.

Finally, so-called "cross-sectoral" cooperation activities, involving within the same partnership actors from very different backgrounds (training bodies, local authorities, higher education establishments, companies, etc.) are encouraged under this programme.

For more information on eligibility criteria and participation rules, please consult the "Penelope +" interface.

Knowledge Alliances

Knowledge Alliances promote the establishment oftransnational alliances between companies and Higher Education Institutions in order to strengthen the quality and extend the innovation potential of European Higher Education.
The activities funded under this programme are the following

  • New learning and training methods
  • New training programmes
  • Training programmes and activities with and in companies
  • Methods of developing cross-cutting skills in cooperation with companies
  • Interdisciplinary awareness of entrepreneurship
  • Exchanges of students, researchers, teachers and employees

For more information on eligibility criteria and participation rules, please consult the "Penelope +" interface.

Capacity building

Capacity Building projects aim at university cooperation to support the modernisation of higher education systems in partner countries in Europe, Asia, Russia and Latin America (150 countries involved).

This programme finances two types of actions:

  • Joint projects: these are based on multilateral partnerships between higher education institutions in the EU and in partner countries. They help to develop, modernise and disseminate new curricula, teaching materials and methods, foster a culture of quality assurance, and modernise the management and governance of higher education institutions;
  • Structural measures: these contribute to the development and reform of higher education systems and institutions in partner countries, improving their quality and relevance.

For more information on eligibility criteria and participation rules, please consult the "Penelope +" interface.


The aim of the INTERREG programme is to encourage regional convergence and competitiveness in order to ensure a more harmonious development of the Community area. Under certain conditions, the University of Montpellier is eligible for four specific INTERREG IV programmes.
ESP-FR-ANDORRE cooperation programme (INTERREG IV A)
MED programme (INTERREG IV B)
European interregional cooperation (INTERREG IV C)

Mobility support for cotutelle theses

Eurocampus aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and mobility of students, teachers and researchers within the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion, as well as to increase the attractiveness of higher education in the Euroregion. The Eurocampus provides support to higher education and research actors through student mobility (Eurocampus mobility voucher), research (PhD thesis co-supervision) and online information and services (Eurocampus internet portal).

This call for applications aims to deepen academic cooperation through mobility grants for co-tutored theses. These grants are intended to support Eurocampus doctoral students who are carrying out a thesis in the framework of a partnership between Euroregional doctoral schools of different nationalities; the grant covers the additional cost of mobility between France and Spain. A bonus is granted to projects that include collaboration with a company in order to promote professional integration and the link between the economic and academic worlds.

The call is open to all fields of knowledge, but particular attention will be paid to applications in the fields of e-Health, sustainable water resources management, agri-food and tourism.

Support for the creation of Euroregional double degrees

The Euroregional cooperation between Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees in the fields of higher education, research and innovation has been taking shape since 2009 through the implementation of the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Eurocampus, the first European campus in terms of student numbers. The Eurocampus aims to promote the exchange of knowledge and the mobility of students, teachers and researchers within the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion, as well as to increase the attractiveness of higher education in the Euroregion. It provides, among other things, support to higher education and research actors through aid for student mobility (Eurocampus mobility voucher), research (doctoral thesis co-supervision) and the provision of online information and services (Internet portal).

This call for applications aims to deepen academic cooperation within the Eurocampus through the creation of binational double degrees. It is open to all fields of knowledge, but particular attention will be paid to applications in the fields of e-Health, sustainable water resources management, agri-food and tourism.

Call for proposals Culture 2014

The members of the Pyrenees-Mediterranean Euroregion wish to promote the cultural diversity of their territories and make the Euroregion a reference area for artistic creation. They also want to preserve and enhance a common natural, historical and cultural heritage, with a view to sustainable tourism development.

In order to promote territorial cohesion, the Euroregion encourages cultural cooperation which structures the territory and, as such, has created a joint call for projects, managed for the fifth consecutive year by its EGTC.

The Life + programme finances projects aimed at safeguarding or enhancing the natural environment of the European Union.
Since 1992, 270 projects in France have been financed by the Life programme.
More information on the European Commission's website

National and regional funding

The Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs has just launched the new call for applications for the Master's and Doctorate components of the Eiffel Excellence Grants.

This programme is a tool offered to French institutions in their search for the best foreign students and doctoral candidates, but also an excellent means of bringing our institution's inter-university collaboration agreements to life

Teachers and lecturers can send the application files of the students and doctoral students they wish to support until 6 December 2021 to the Cooperation Department of the International Relations Directorate.

The Cooperation Department is at your disposal to provide you with information on this programme and to guide you in the preparation of your application.

Further information is also available on the Campus France website.

Within the framework of the national research strategy defined by the Government, the National Research Agency has the following missions

  1. To fund and promote the development of basic and applied research, technical innovation and technology transfer, and public-private partnerships;
  2. Implementing the programme drawn up by the minister responsible for research, who obtains the opinion of the ministers responsible for research organisations or public higher education establishments;
  3. To manage major State investment programmes in the field of higher education and research, and to monitor their implementation;
  4. To strengthen scientific cooperation at European and international level, by linking its programming to European and international initiatives;
  5. To analyse the evolution of the research offer and measure the impact of the funding allocated by the Agency on national scientific production.

For more information on the ANR programme
Contact at the UM: Innovation and Partnerships Department - Project Engineering Service. Tel: 04 67 14 39 11

A competitiveness cluster brings together small and large companies, research laboratories and training establishments in a clearly identified area and on a targeted theme. The purpose of a competitiveness cluster is to support innovation. It encourages the development of particularly innovative collaborative research and development (R&D) projects.

More information on the Pôles de compétitivité website

Support for research in partnership with enterprises (ARPE)

The Languedoc-Roussillon Region provides funding to public research laboratories in the Languedoc-Roussillon region involved in the research and development project through two distinct and cumulative methods.

Method 1: R&D projects
Any public laboratory that has won, in partnership with a regional company, funding following a call for national, European or international research projects can apply for ARPE aid, which can reach €75,000

Option 2: CIFRE thesis
Your laboratory has set up a CIFRE thesis in partnership with a company in Languedoc-Roussillon: + 5 000 €.

Call for projects Chercheurs d'Avenir

This scheme consists of supporting talented young scientists and their research teams in the region to assert themselves more rapidly in their sector and accelerate the emergence of new innovative research avenues favouring the economic valorisation of research results and job creation. This call for projects has been open every two years since 2009.

Find out more about the actions of the LR Region

ADEME participates in the implementation of public policies in the field of energy and environmental protection. It intervenes in the following areas:

  • Waste management ;
  • Soil conservation ;
  • Energy efficiency ;
  • Renewable energy ;
  • Air quality ;
  • Noise control.

More information on ADEME's calls for projects

Non-profit organisations, foundations and non-governmental organisations support research through calls for projects. Some examples:

The Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme and the RFIEA (Réseau français des instituts d'études avancées) announce the launch of the "Fund it " platform, dedicated to the funding of research in SHS, at the end of May 2016.

This platform centralises on a single site all calls for applications for research stays in France and abroad, as well as all calls for projects to obtain funding for individual or collaborative research.

The Engineering and Project Support Department of the Innovation and Partnerships Directorate is at your disposal to help you prepare your applications by e-mail