A New Chapter in Transatlantic Research.
In our globalized world of science and research, French-American cooperation is integral to achieving scientific breakthroughs and cutting-edge discoveries. Identifying solutions to key 21st-century challenges such as finding a cure for cancer, protecting the environment, advancing cybersecurity, and preserving cultural heritage requires global collaboration that transcends national and cultural borders.
The French Embassy and the FACE Foundation are launching the Thomas Jefferson Fund to support new collaborations and the most innovative projects between promising young researchers in France and the United States. The Thomas Jefferson Fund aims to foster forward-looking collaborative research in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences, of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and of Science for Society that addresses the most pressing global challenges.
Inspired by the third American President’s commitment to strengthening French-American relations, the Thomas Jefferson Fund will bring young talented researchers together to initiate or strengthen their collaborative research activities, co-organize conferences, and author joint articles for high-level publications, in order to achieve game-changing discoveries.
The Thomas Jefferson Fund will provide a unique framework to enable promising and innovative projects to reach their full potential and enrich French-American research collaborations.
The Thomas Jefferson Fund will issue a yearly call for proposals and fund up to nine original, two-year collaborative projects, each led by two outstanding young American and French researchers at the beginning of their careers (professors or researchers with a mid- to long-term po¬sition at a higher education or research institution).
The Fund aims to encourage cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research projects of the highest quality and especially seeks to support emerging collaborations involving a team of younger researchers.
Grants will be awarded per funding cycle in each of the following fields:
• Humanities and Social Sciences (SSH)
• Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
• Sciences for Society (interdisciplinary STEM-SSH projects)
Each grant will amount to $20,000 over two years to be split equally between the French and the American teams. Co-financing from the researchers’ universities is encouraged to ensure the sustainability of these research partnerships.
These funds will support transatlantic mobility of researchers, collaborative research activities, the organization of international workshops or conferences, and the publication of joint articles.
The Thomas Jefferson Fund seeks out cutting-edge projects of great originality where an initial investment can make a substantial difference by putting American and French partners at the forefront of a new area of inquiry. The two-year terms of the Thomas Jefferson Fund grants will provide the stable platform and confidence that projects on the cusp of taking off require. This investment in early-stage projects and in engaging talented young scholars from diverse backgrounds working at the frontiers of knowledge will jumpstart innovative initiatives and facilitate the emergence of a new generation of international leaders.
Application deadline: APRIL 9TH, 2017
Eligibility & Guidelines
The Thomas Jefferson Fund is a new program launched by the French Embassy and the FACE Foundation to support cooperation among the most promising young French and American researchers, and foster forward-looking collaborative research that addresses the most pressing global challenges.
Up to nine grants will provide $20,000 over two years to each selected projects.
Applications are accepted in the three following fields: Humanities and Social Sciences; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and Science for Society (interdisciplinary STEM-SSH projects).
The Thomas Jefferson Fund aims to encourage and support innovative research of the highest quality and new collaborations, and especially seeks to support projects involving young researchers (post-docs, PhDs). Projects involving important transatlantic mobility, collaborative research activities, the organization of workshops or conferences, the publication of joint articles will receive the highest priority.
The Fund considers projects jointly submitted by scientists at the beginning of their career:
- On the American side, professors or researchers with a mid- to long-term position at an American university or research institution are eligible.
- On the French side, professors or researchers with a mid- to long-term position at a French public research institution or institution of higher education are eligible.
PhD candidates are not eligible as project leaders.
The two project leaders will be responsible for the scientific, technical and administrative management and coordination of the project.
Joint applications will be reviewed and evaluated by independent experts. A Franco-American grant review committee will gather annually to proceed to the final selection of grantees on the basis of the scientific evaluations.
Applications will be submitted jointly by the partnering researchers. They will be reviewed and evaluated for scientific and technical merit by high-level independent experts. On the basis of these evaluations and of the applications, a French-American selection committee will select the best projects to be funded.
Selected projects will be reviewed yearly to confirm both scientific and financial integrity before the second installment of the funding is granted for the second year.
French Embassy in the U.S.
Higher Education Department
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