Van Gogh Programme: The 2021-2022 call for applications is open until 14 June 2021

The Van Gogh programme supports French researchers who wish to develop scientific and technological research projects in the Netherlands in cooperation with Dutch researchers.


General presentation

The Van Gogh programme is the Franco-Dutch Hubert-Curien partnership (PHC). It is implemented in France by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESRI) as well as in the Netherlands by Nuffic with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science (OCW).


Type of projects involved

The objective of this program is to develop the scientific and technological exchanges of excellence between laboratories of France and the Netherlands, by encouraging new cooperation and the participation of young researchers and PhD students.

All scientific fields, including social sciences, are concerned by this programme.

A specific attention will be given to projects whose subject is linked to themes present in the framework-programme for research and innovation Horizon Europe.


Eligibility conditions of the teams

The call for applications is open to permanent researchers of research laboratories associated with higher education institutions or research organizations. Companies can participate in the project, as long as they are associated with an academic partner.

Projects which already benefited from a support within the framework of this programme will not be admissible for a new application right after their completion. Priority is given to new collaborations.

Only application files co-submitted by researched working in partnership with authorities responsible of the programme in their country will be examined. French researchers need to make sure of that with their partner.


Evaluation criteria of the projects

- Scientific quality of the project and skills of the teams.

- Overall quality and competences of both French and Dutch research teams.

- The importance of cooperation and complementarity between French and Dutch teams.

- Prospects for structuring or valorising the project. Priority will be given to network projects with a European dimension. Researchers will thus have the opportunity to submit an application for another PHC with the same research topic.


Selection Committee

Eligible projects shall be subject to a separate scientific assessment by each of the two parties. The bodies of France and the Netherlands shall then meet to compare the evaluations and decide jointly on the support granted to the selected projects.

On the French side, the Delegation for European and International Affairs (DEIA) of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MEAE) is in charge of the scientific evaluation of the applications.

On the Dutch side, Nuffic is in charge of the scientific evaluation of the applications.


Operation mode

The duration of the projects is two years. Funding is granted on an annual basis, possibly for two consecutive years. This funding must be imperatively spent between the 1st of January and the 31st of December of the same year; it cannot be postponed for the next project. The funding only deals with the mobility between the two countries involving all researchers in the program. Any other funding necessary for the implementation of the joint projects must be provided by the partner laboratories’ own resources by other sources.


Eligible expenses

The grants provided by France only covers the compensation payment for the mobility of the French research team between France and the Netherlands. The grand amount is between €1500 and €3200 per research team.

- Accommodation costs are covered up to a maximum of €125 per person per day.

- Travel costs are covered up to a maximum of €550 per person per day return trip France/the Netherlands.



Applications must be submitted by 14 June 2021 on the Campus France website for French applicants and on the Nuffic website for Dutch applicants.



 - 14 June 2021: Deadline for the co-submission of application files

- 13 September 2021: Deadline for the co-submission for progress reports

- December 2021: Announcement of results

- January 2022: Starting of the projects

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