Laboratories for Trans-border Cooperation - LTC


In the image, Philipe Moretto , Vicepresident for Research of the Université of Bordeaux with Jose Luis Martín, Vicepresident for Research of the UPVHEU during the presentation of the new procedure at Euskampus Bordeaux Eguna, 2019


Laboratories for Trans-border Cooperation  - LTCs 

The Laboratories for Trans-border Cooperation (LTCs) are a formula for collaboration that have been  developed since 2015 in the frame of the Campus Euskampus-Bordeaux. LTCs were created to provide an institutional framework for research teams from the Basque country and from Bordeaux working together. This framework supports trans-border research communities, which involve young and senior researchers, students, and technicians that can move from one lab to the other without boundaries and share a common vision and action agendas. 

What is an LTC?

More specifically, an LTC is a lab without walls whose aims are:

  • To carry out research projects in a specific field with the objective to increase the added-value of scientific outputs as well as the visibility of our joint research at the EU and international level,
  • To act as an incubator for larger projects with a view to attract external funding (notably EU funding),
  • To create a sustainable transnational community of researchers, thus involving students, PhDs, junior and senior researchers,
  • To develop a joint training offer, in particular at the master’s level.



Benefits of being recognized as an LTC

  • Funding for the everyday operation of the LTC (travels, stipends for students, organizational costs for workshops, summer schools, etc.) for a maximum amount of 10K€ per year (5K€ from each side).
  • UPV/EHU commits to fund a doctoral researcher under cotutelle per LTC over the period of the agreement.
  • UB commits to fund a postdoc researcher per LTC over the period of the agreement.
  • Period for funding support: 4 years (not extendable), after the four-year agreement completion, the LTC could maintain the LTC recognition/label, but without any further commitment of funding.


Conditions to be recognized as an LTC

Previous history

An LTC comes as a significant step in the recognition of an already existing partnership, and is led by two Principal Investigators (PI) from Bordeaux and the Basque Country, respectively. LTC PIs should therefore provide evidence to demonstrate the anteriority and solidity of the partnership.

Thematic scope

It is also expected that LTCs shall not cover too wide scientific perimeters, but rather focus on specific research and training in a given scientific area.


After the four-year agreement completion, the LTC could maintain the LTC recognition/label, but without any further commitment of funding by UPV/EHU and UB. After this time, it is expected that the LTC have been able to leverage their own funding for running costs and temporal hiring of predocs and postdocs.   


There will only be one new LTC selected per year, and it will be announced in the Euskampus Bordeaux Eguna.

Existing LTCs currently

Since 2015, three LTC projects have been labeled:

  • in physical chemistry, QuantumChemPhys (Theoretical Chemistry and Physics at the Quantum Scale)
  • in engineering, AENIGME (Aquitaine Euskadi Network In Green Manufacturing and Ecodesign)
  • in mathematics, TRANSMATH (Mathematics and its Applications) 
  • in green cement: Green Concrete LTC (science and the development of more sustainable concrete and cement-based material productio processes).


2020-2021 LTC Procedure

Deadline for submission of proposals: October 30, 2020 - April 30, 2021

  • Full text of the new procedure can be downloaded here.
  • The application form can be downloaded here.
  • The template for the activity report can be downloaded here.

For more information and to submit applications, contact Euskampus Fundazioa through the address of