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Thomas Jefferson Fund

Grant to USA and France Researchers for a Collaborative
Project to Address Important Global Challenges

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FACE Foundation and Embassy of France in the United States

Deadline Date:

02/24/21

Description:

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Grant of $20,000 to USA and France researchers for a collaborative project to address important global challenges. Funding is intended for research in the fields of social sciences, humanities, science, mathematics, engineering, technology, and science for society. Researchers must be at the beginning of their careers, with mid- to long- term positions at a research or higher education institution in the United States or in France (post-doctorate level, assistant or associate professor, maître de conférences or chargé de recherche).

The Embassy of France in the United States and the FACE Foundation launched in 2017 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.

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)

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.

Eligible expenses can be found at https://face-foundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/TJF-2021-Guidelines-1.pdf#page=3.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193800

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each grant will amount to $20,000 over two years.

Term of Contract:

The grants are for two-year terms. Selected projects will be launched in summer 2021, so the activities can start in September/October 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only researchers employed in a research institution/university can apply.

The Fund considers projects jointly submitted by two scientists at the beginning of their careers, including notably:
- On the American side, researchers at the post-doctorate level, assistant or associate professors at a university in the United States are eligible.
- On the French side, researchers at the post-doctorate level, maîtres de conferences and chargés de recherche at a French institution of higher education and research are eligible.
- Given individual career paths, other statuses can be considered as long as the researchers are still at the beginning of their career (PhD obtained in the last 15 years).

US or French citizenship is not required. Applicants must provide proof that they are employed at either the US or French institution for at least the duration of the partnership, i.e. 2 years.

Senior researchers may be included as team members but not as project leaders.

PhD candidates are not eligible as project leaders.

Additional partner institutions may be added to the project proposal, but these additional partners will not receive any funding from the Thomas Jefferson Fund. Only the research or higher education institutions of the project leaders will receive funding.

No general overhead or administrative costs can be covered by the Thomas Jefferson Fund grant.

The Fund does not pay for release time for faculty.

Grants cannot be used to purchase equipment.

The Fund cannot be used to pay salaries or stipends, or to cover everyday living expenses that would be incurred regardless of the project. It may be used for living expenses necessary for project-related travel.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Next Application Deadline: February 24, 2021
- Selection of 2021 grantees: Expected in June 2021
- Estimated official announcement of the 2021 grantees: June 2021
- Estimated launch of the selected projects (contracts): summer 2021
- Estimated launch of the activities: September/October 2021

Selected projects will be launched in summer 2021, so the activities can start in September/October 2021

Application must be submitted by email.

Co-financing from the researchers’ universities is encouraged to ensure the sustainability of these research partnerships.

All award funds will be wired in U.S. dollars to the grantees’ institutions, and will be managed by the appropriate financial manager. The grant will be allocated in one instalment to each partner to be used over the two-year grant period.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please send the complete application to:
thomasjeffersonfund@frenchculture.org

Direct questions to:
Anissa Rejeb
Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.
Higher Education Officer
anissa.rejeb@frenchculture.org

Carrina Lacorata
Office for Science & Technology
Embassy of France in the United States
assistant.dc@ambascience-usa.org

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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