1. Are projects eligible only in certain disciplines?
Yes, in 2016, thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PUF will fund projects only in the field of the Humanities. The evaluation criteria apply equally to all projects.
PUF defines the Humanities as those academic disciplines that study the human condition through the experience of human subjects, both individual and collective, using methods of analysis and interpretation that characterize much of the work in such academic fields as classics, history, art history, literature, musicology, and philosophy—which is to say, fields that are commonly distinguished from the natural and social sciences by the breadth and variety of perspectives they mobilize, by the assertion of moral and aesthetic values that they ascribe to humanity, and by their insistence on framing statistical analyses of empirical data with narrative accounts of human experience.
Examples of the fields or disciplines embraced by the Humanities include the study of ancient and modern languages, literature, history, philosophy, religion, the visual arts, the performing arts (music, theater, film, dance), as well as some dimensions of anthropology, area studies, communication studies, cultural studies, and linguistics.
In cases in which the lines separating the Humanities and the social sciences are blurred, the final selection committee will determine which laureate projects are eligible for the higher level of funding enabled by the grant from the Mellon Foundation.
2. Who can be a Project Leader (PL)?
Each partnership must be led by a PL at each of the two lead institutions. Project Leaders are the contact point persons for the project. Therefore, they will retain the majority of the responsibility to meet the academic, rsearch and administrative requirements of the PUF grant. Only persons holding a Ph.D. are eligible to be named PL.
3. Can an award be made to an individual?
Grants are not allocated to individuals.
4. Can I apply for PUF funding to conduct a conference, symposium or workshop?
The aim of PUF is not to fund a conference, symposium or workshop if the latter is not part of a broader collaborative educational and research partnership.
5. Are there any rules concerning intellectual property?
PUF does not manage intellectual property between institutions. Institutions must agree on this issue in a separate agreement.
6. How will my application be reviewed?
PUF applications are evaluated for scientific and technical merit by external scientific review experts in France and in the US. The evaluations are then sent to the Grant Review Committee.
7. Who sits on the Grant Review Committee?
The Grant Review Committee is composed of academics and/or internationally recognized professionals from the United States and France who specialize in international education. All new members of the committee are approved by the existing PUF Grant Review Committee. The meetings of the Grant Review Committee are attended by the PUF Executive Director, the FACE Executive Director, as well as the French Embassy’s Cultural and Scientific Counselors in the United States.
8. What happens after the Grant Review Committee selection?
Once grant beneficiaries are announced, each institution is required to sign a contract with PUF delineating all obligations between the parties as well as the apportioning of the funds according to each institution’s request.
No funding can be sent to the partners until they have each returned the contracts and the information requested in writing signed by their administrative officers.
The sums are paid out in USD or Euros, but the budget is evaluated exclusively in USD.
9. When can the partners expect to receive the grant?
As soon as the results of the PUF Grant Review Committee are published and the contracts are signed by all parties, the funding is made available by wire transfer. Selected projects are supposed to start in the Fall of 2016.
10. How is the yearly renewal of the grant processed?
During the course of the partnership, the project coordinators must keep the PUF team informed of the development of the partnership and of any major unforeseen evolution of the project. The PUF team will also visit the partnering universities as much as possible for on-site discussions and evaluation. Each year, project coordinators must produce a Progress Report. Based on this progress report, the renewal and the level of the funding for the following year will be determined.
11. Can applicants resubmit a proposal if the original one was not chosen for funding the previous year?
Yes, a proposal can be resubmitted the following year if it did not get funded the previous year. A declined proposal may be resubmitted but only after it has undergone substantial revision. Resubmittals that have not clearly taken into account the major comments or concerns resulting from the prior review by the Grand Review Committee will be overlooked. Generally speaking, PUF allows applicants to make only two more resubmissions after their original submission.
12. Is it possible to resubmit a proposal if the project has already been funded by PUF?
PUF supports emerging transatlantic partnerships with the potential to continue beyond the initial three year grant with other sources of funding. PUF will not fund the same project twice. The same institutions can submit a new proposal and get funded only if the project is entirely new.
13. How many persons have to be involved in mobility per year?
Must the number be the same for both institutions?
The PUF Grant Review Committee will encourage partnerships that involve growing mobility of students and/or faculty. The PUF Grant Review Committee will discourage partnerships in which numbers of students and faculty exchanged at the master’s level are below three students each way. At the doctoral level, a single student in exchange each way will not be accepted by the Grant. The number of people involved in mobility does not have to be the same in each institution but it cannot be a one-way mobility.