our programs

The Bilateral Funds in the United States and the Transatlantic Research Partnership

Since the early 1990s, the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) has established five endowment funds in collaboration with leading American universities:

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Chicago
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Stanford University

With the exception of the last one, these bilateral endowment funds were initially endowed with a capital of two million U.S. dollars, equally contributed by France and the respective American partner university. The income generated by these endowment funds, along with potential additional funding, is used to support scientific collaborations between French research and educational institutions and these partner universities. Annually, calls for proposals are launched, and funding is awarded to selected cooperation projects. Depending on the case, mobility grants for students or researchers are also provided, and financial support can be given for organizing scientific conferences or cultural events related to France.

These five bilateral funds are among the key instruments of the scientific cooperation policy conducted by the Embassy of France in the United States, notably by the Office for Science and Technology (SST), as well as the Cultural Service, which specifically follows projects in the humanities and social sciences. They facilitate excellent collaborations between French research teams and some of the most prestigious American universities, promoting interdisciplinary research projects. These tools foster lasting relationships between France and globally recognized universities, thus contributing to the recognition of French research excellence on the international stage.

Moreover, although they only provide seed funding, these funds have a significant leverage effect for the subsequent implementation of more ambitious research projects.

The opening dates for application calls vary among the Funds, but they generally fall between September and October each year, and they are announced on our website.

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Phone: (202) 944-6220

France - Berkeley Fund

The France-Berkeley Fund (FFB) was established in 1993 by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and UC Berkeley with the aim of encouraging and developing scientific and academic exchanges. Projects submitted to this fund must be jointly led by a faculty member or researcher affiliated with a French research or higher education institution and a faculty member or researcher affiliated with UC Berkeley or the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) or the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Projects can be submitted in all disciplines, including applied sciences, engineering, exact sciences, and humanities and social sciences.

France - MIT Fund

The MIT-France Seed Fund, created in 2001 by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and MIT within the MIT-France Program, funds the mobility of French researchers and MIT researchers looking to initiate collaborative research projects and establish collaborations between MIT laboratories and French research institutions or universities.

France - Stanford Fund :

Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (FSCIS)

The France-Stanford Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (FSCIS) was established in 2002 by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and Stanford University to promote cooperation between France and the United States by bridging the gap between humanities, social sciences, exact sciences, engineering, business, and legal studies. Each year, it provides funding for a range of high-level bilateral projects, including mobility grants for young researchers, academic conferences, and advanced collaborative research projects across all disciplines.

France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS)​

Established in 2007, the FACCTS program provides seed funding for innovative projects in the fields of physics, biology, and engineering. Its aim is to promote interactions between high-level research teams at the University of Chicago (UChicago) and research and higher education institutions in France. Through a partnership with Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, researchers from these two national laboratories can also benefit from FACCTS support and are encouraged to apply.

Transatlantic Research Partnership

The Transatlantic Research Partnership is a flagship program bringing together talented young researchers in France and in the United States.

Initially launched in 2017 by the French Embassy in the United States and the FACE Foundation, it was designed in order to foster forward-thinking collaborative research and address pressing global challenges.
The program supports two-year collaborative projects linked to one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)