Published on May 4, 2020 | Updated on July 23, 2020

Arqus: 2020 call for applications on "Research collaborations grants"

The Université de Lyon, within the framework of the Arqus European University Alliance and with the support of the French Research Agency, is launching a call for applications addressed to its professors & researchers in order to support activities collaborative research.


The Arqus European University Alliance brings together the universities of Bergen, Granada, Graz, Leipzig, Lyon, Padova and Vilnius. The principal ambition of the Arqus Alliance is to act jointly as a laboratory for institutional learning from which to move forward in the design, testing and implementation of an innovative model for deep inter-university cooperation.

This call is intended to support at the same time research collaborations with one or more Arqus partner(s) already engaged and the emergence of new initiatives: thus, actual research activities and preliminary work activities intended to apply for another research funding programme could be supported.

Innovative forms of structuring cooperation are particularly encouraged, such as those involving several (more than two) partners.
2 projects could receive  up to €50 K for a period of approximately 2 years. They must involve at least 2 partners from Arqus European University.


Grant applicants are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a permanent position in one (or more) of the following universities: Université Lyon 1, Université Lyon 3, Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, ENS de Lyon;
  • Be recognized within their field(s) for their influential academic and/or scientific achievements.


  • COVID-19
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Cancer research
  • Biochemistry & Molecular biology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Psychiatry
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Changing Societies
  • Digital Humanities
  • European Cultural Heritage
  • Global Change/Climate Change
  • Healthy Aging
  • Human Brain
  • Physics/Surface Science 


Interested applicants can submit their proposal at any time - there are no fixed closing dates. UdL AL6 Administrative coordinator will inform the granted applicants within 2 weeks after their application. The acceptance or refusal will be dependent on receiving sufficient good quality review comments within the necessary timescale.

  • Start of applications: May 15, 2020
  • Start of projects: June 2020
  • Deadline for applications: September 30, 2020
  • Eligibility of expenditure: until June 30, 2022