This call-for-projects wishes to encourage exchanges and collaborations at international level, increase the site’s attractiveness and exposure and contribute to structuring projects. The program is part of a global project that seeks to structure tomorrow’s university, which will be non-exclusive and open to all disciplines. Therefore, proposals for new international collaborations that meet both the eligibility and selection criteria of this call and offer an important value-added to the I-SITE MUSE may be considered for funding, including for candidates whose academic research themes are not directly placed in MUSE’s three main sectors.

#1  SUPPORT FOR INCOMING OR OUTGOING INDIVIDUAL MOBILITY STAYS to explore new international collaborative projects
#2 SUPPORT FOR OUTGOING COLLECTIVE MOBILITY STAYS to develop new international (pedagogical, academical and/or scientific) collaborations
#3 SUPPORT FOR OUTGOING MOBILITY STAYS FOR STUDENTS to discover a new country and a new culture while enriching their scientific knowledge

Montpellier University of Excellence (MUSE) is an Initiative for Science, Innovation, Territories, and Economy (I-SITE) of the French Investment for the Future Program. Coordinated by University of Montpellier, this project encompasses all academic fields: from research, training, student life, international affairs, to partnerships with the socio-economic world. MUSE seeks to create a university that will encompass many scientific fields and leverage the talents of 16 partner institutions. This university will also stand out from others at international level by its ability to produce knowledge and/or innovative solutions to address three major societal challenges: food safety, environmental protection, and human health.

These three challenges concern the whole planet and most particularly developing countries in Africa, Asia, South America, especially in inter-tropical areas, and around the Mediterranean Sea. Over the past 2 years, MUSE has been implementing a shared international strategy which seeks to stimulate exchanges and collaborations by leveraging a network of international partnerships and achieve a claimed ambition to strengthen its attractiveness, exposure and influence at global level.

With EXPLORE support program for international mobility, MUSE favors collaborations with its strategic partners. Since 2018, EXPLORE #1 and #2 has funded incoming and outgoing international mobility stays for 176 researchers, research-(assistant)professors and support and administrative staff for up to 850 K€.

In the last quarter of 2020, an Explore #4 call-for-mobility program will be published for mobility stays that may take place in 2021 and up till 30 June 2022.

This call-for-projects wishes to encourage exchanges and collaborations at international level, increase the site’s attractiveness and exposure and contribute to structuring projects. The program is part of a global project that seeks to structure tomorrow’s university, which will be non-exclusive and open to all disciplines. Therefore, proposals for new international collaborations that meet both the eligibility and selection criteria of this call and offer an important value-added to the I-SITE MUSE may be considered for funding, including for candidates whose academic research themes are not directly placed in MUSE’s three main sectors.

Collaboration projects with strategic partner universities or institutions

Similar to previous editions, EXPLORE#3 call for international mobility will noticeably, but not exclusively, favor collaborations that are in connection with MUSE scientific program (cf. next page), prioritized universities or partners (including non-academic ones) and UM partners of the CHARM-EU project, or geographical areas and countries (cf. next page). Applications may involve existing platforms-in-partnership of those MUSE members that are active at international level (cf. next page).

This 3rd edition of the MUSE EXPLORE program includes three different schemes and opens up the scope of targeted public to Master students. The first two schemes are dedicated to (assistant) Professors, Research-Professors and Researchers, PhD students, Engineers, Technicians or administrative staff. The third one is open to Master or Engineering degree students.

#1 SUPPORT FOR INCOMING OR OUTGOING INDIVIDUAL MOBILITY STAYS to explore new international collaborative projects

#2 SUPPORT FOR OUTGOING COLLECTIVE MOBILITY STAYS to develop new international (pedagogical, academical and/or scientific) collaborations

#3 SUPPORT FOR OUTGOING MOBILITY STAYS FOR STUDENTS to discover a new country and a new culture while enriching their scientific knowledge

With global climate issues in mind, the I-SITE MUSE wishes to voluntarily apply the principle of carbon compensation for the mobilities it supports:

  • By inviting beneficiaries to reduce their impact;
  • By favoring, when possible, less polluting transportation modes (i.e. rail versus air);
  • By directly supporting carbon offsetting actions up to the amount of the greenhouse gas production balances linked to Explore mobility programs.

Funding for EXPLORE#3 call amounts to 440K€, 50K€ of which are dedicated to the support scheme for Master level students’ mobility.

It originates from I-SITE MUSE contributions and University of Montpellier, CIRAD and IRD own funding.

  • Platforms in partnership for research and training worldwide (dP) of CIRAD
  • CNRS international cooperation tools
  • Cooperation tools of INSERM
  • International Joint (Mixed) Laboratories (LMI) of IRD

SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY  for (assistant) Professors, Research-Professors and Researchers, PhD students, Engineers, Technicians or administrative staff

 to explore new international collaborative projects:

  • for PhD students, seeking for potential post-doctoral professional research projects
  • for (assistant) Professors, Research-Professors and Researchers (either tenured or on contract-basis staff, whose employment contract is in force at the time the mobility is carried out)
  • for Engineers, Technicians or administrative staff (either tenured or on contract-basis staff, whose employment contract is in force at the time the mobility is carried out)

to develop new international (pedagogical, academical and/or scientific) collaborations: 

  • For a group of people (maximum 5 persons) from the educational and/or research structures within MUSE scope (Professor, Professor-Researcher, Researcher, Doctoral student or Engineer, Technician or support staff). These mobility stay seek to setting up a new training program, building an international partnership between institutions and/or developing a structuring research project.

Schemes 1 and 2 of EXPLORE#3 international mobility program offer financial support which is comprised of:

  • a daily allowance which varies according to the country of destination (Cf. Arrêté du 3 juillet 2006 setting the rates of French daily mission allowances), limited to a maximum of 30 daily allowances whatever the total duration of the mobility may be,
  • the payment of transportation expense (based on real costs and limited to 1 round-trip ticket per recipient) according to the following grid:

Maximum travel expense per mobility, according to the distance between place of departure and place of arrival, calculated with the tool developed by the European Commission:

  • 0 to 999km : €600
  • 1,000 to 7,999km : €1,300
  • > 8,000km : €2,000

This financial support is meant to help compensate additional costs induced by the mobility, and under no circumstances can finance salaries costs or wages.

Coherent with MUSE global scientific ambition, focused on three societal challenges that are “FEED – PROTECT-CARE”, and open to all themes/disciplines likely to contribute to those objectives

By its exploratory and structuring aspects, the contribution of value-added for I-SITE MUSE (strengthening of excellence, acquisition of new skills, innovation) including for applications from candidates whose academic research themes are not directly placed in MUSE’s three main sectors

Stimulation for the opening up of the Montpellier communities to international collaboration by leveraging partnership networks of dedicated institutions and by developing partnerships with private-public stakeholders in the area of education, research, value-generation or pedagogical and organizational innovation

Collaborative impact induced within I-SITE MUSE via group mobility stay that potentially involve 2 or more educational and/or research structures within MUSE scope

Commitment of hosting structures and structures of origin in the mobility, particularly in terms of dedicated human or financial resources.

Educational/Research inter-structure collaborations within MUSE scope will be encouraged.

Funding for mobility stays that solely target the participation to a symposium or a conference is excluded from this EXPLORE#3 scheme.

Following the administrative assessment of submitted applications by MUSE executive team, applications will be sent for ranking to an evaluation committee, comprised of members from the University of Montpellier Academic Council (CAc), representatives of MUSE 5 research clusters, LabEx representatives and representatives of I-SITE MUSE consortium member institutions. The evaluation committee will assess applications deemed to be eligible and will present a ranking list to the MUSE Board for final decision.

Publishing of the mobility call
25 feb. 2020

Deadline for the submission

Application deadline postponed to April 27, 2020 (23:59 Paris time)

Result publication
Jun. 2020

Mobility stays may start up till
Du 20 juin 2020 au 31 décembre 2021

Submit applications via the dedicated portal on the website: muse.umontpellier.fr
section International mobility program

Completed application form;

  • Letter of support signed by the director of the applicant’s educational and/or research structure of employment, or of the applicant’s supervisor in the case of support staff;
  • Letter of invitation from the director of the hosting educational and/or research structure;
  • All requested attachments must be submitted on the portal for the application to be valid.

SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY of Master students

This modality is open to Master level students of MUSE scope (in M1, M2, 4th or 5th year of engineering school) to: discover a Research topic while seeking an initiation to a research career; complete a Master’s internship in a laboratory at a partner university; acquire technical skills or carry out experiments; or take part in a training session such as a summer/winter school, in line with the student’s curriculum.

Master level or engineering degree students (in M1, M2, 4th or 5th year of engineering school).

Students who benefit from mobility support must be registered in a MUSE educational structure at the time of their mobility.

Mobility recipient are not subjected to any nationality condition.

MUSE support covers mobility stays from 5 days minimum (outside travelling days) up to 6 months(i.e.: Master’s internship, gap period) that are organized exclusively with the international partners having signed a collaborative agreement with MUSE and with the partners of CHARM-EU European University project:

North America
Universite Laval, Quebec Canada
University of California Davis, United States

Central and Latin America
INTA, Argentina
University of São Paolo, Brazil
Embrapa, Brazil
CATIE, Costa Rica

Europe and Mediterranean Basin
American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary
Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Maroc
Trinity College of Dublin, Ireland
University of Barcelona, Spain
University of Porto, Portugal
University of Utrecht, Netherlands
University of Wageningen, Netherlands

Sub-Saharan Africa
Gamal Abdel Nasser Conakry, Guinea
Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar Senegal
University of Pretoria, South Africa

Asia – South-East Asia
Chinese academy of science, Beijing China

The support is a flat rate of €500 per mobility regardless of the duration of the stay. Explore#3 mobility stays of Master level students may start up from result publication (20 June 2020 at the earliest) till 31 december 2021, at the latest.

To apply for support for international mobility, students are invited to contact their school’s international relations office or department:

University of Montpellier

Mobility office International Relations Department
163 rue Auguste Broussonnet 34090 Montpellier | Phone: +33 (0)4 34 43 23 23 | Website  | Contact via email

Ecole Nationale supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier

International relations department
240 Avenue du Pr Émile Jeanbrau  34296 MONTPELLIER | Phone: +33 (0)4 67 14 43 00 | Website  | Contact via email

L’INSTITUT AGRO | Montpellier SUPAGRO

International relations and language department
2 place Pierre Viala 34060 Montpellier | Phone : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00 | Website  | Contact via email

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Montpellier

3191 route de Mende 34093 Montpellier |Tél : +33 (0) 4 67 04 60 00 | Website | Contacter par courrier électronique