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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.




Selected projects will be funded to a maximum of $20,000 over two years. The grant will be allocated in two equal annual instalments (50% in the first year/ 50% in the second year) and the distribution of funds among partners will be equal (50% of the grant to the French partner/50% of the grant to the American partner).

Contracts will be drafted and signed to this effect between their partner institutions and the FACE Foundation, which is legally responsible for the financial management of the Thomas Jefferson Fund.

Selected projects will start in the summer of 2017. Selected projects will be reviewed at the end of the first year to confirm both scientific and financial integrity before funding is renewed for the second year. A progress report will have to be filled jointly by the 2 project leaders. Projects must be completed within two years of their initiation.

The funds are to be used specifically to support the research partnership submitted to the Thomas Jefferson Fund.

The grant will cover:

Travel expenses between France and the US for researchers, professors, post-docs or PhDs involved in the project: $1,200 maximum/flight.
Accommodation costs and living expenses for researchers, professors, post-docs or PhDs in the partner country in the maximum amounts stated in the budget template.
Organizational costs of joint conferences (logistics, meals, venue rental…etc.) and publication costs.

Partner researchers are encouraged to obtain "in kind" and/or "in cash" co-funding from their institutions or other sources of funding to cover all other types of expenses necessary to the successful implementation of the joint research project.

No grants are allocated to individuals, but only to institutions. 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 except for project-specific supplies that will be consumed over the course of the project, though there may be rare exceptions at the discretion of the Executive Committee. 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.

All award funds will be wired in U.S. dollars to bank accounts in the institutions of the grantees, and will be managed by the appropriate financial manager. Complete tracking of all expenditures from the Thomas Jefferson Fund grant are expected as part of the progress report and final report submitted by the partner researchers.

The Thomas Jefferson Fund does not manage intellectual property between institutions. All kind of publications resulting from the joint project will explicitly mention the support granted by the Thomas Jefferson Fund and the FACE Foundation.

Researchers may submit a maximum of ONE application per funding cycle.




The 2017 Call for Applications in now closed.

Indicative Calendar:
• Selection of 2017 grantees: June 2017
• Official announcement of the 2017 grantees: July 2017
• Launch of the selected projects: July 2017




French Embassy in the U.S.
Higher Education Department



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