FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts



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 Transatlantic Research Partnership is a program launched by the Embassy of France in the United States and the FACE Foundation in 2017 which is specially set to support new collaborations and cutting-edge multidisciplinary research projects between promising young researchers in France and the United States. These forward-looking collaborative research projects span, and sometimes combine humanities, social sciences, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The Transatlantic Research Partnership brings 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.

Program Description

The Transatlantic Research Partnership provides a unique framework to enable promising and innovative projects to reach their full potential and enrich French-American research collaborations.

A call for proposals is launched yearly, and it targets projects led by two outstanding young researchers at the beginning of their careers, with mid- to long- term positions at a research or higher education institution in the United States and in France (post-doctorate level, assistant or associate professor, maître de conférences or chargé de recherche).

Selected projects address contemporary issues and questions in a wide range of topics such as sea level rise, misinformation, or socioeconomic health inequalities.

Grants will be awarded per funding cycle across all disciplines including:

• Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)
• Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
• Sciences for Society (interdisciplinary STEM-HSS 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’ institution is encouraged to ensure the sustainability of these research partnerships.

These funds will support transatlantic mobility of researchers, collaborative research activities such as the organization of international workshops or conferences, and the production of joint publications.

The grant covers travel expenses between France and the US, accommodation and living expenses in these two countries, and costs of joint endeavors including the organization of conferences and publication fees. It can also support mobilities of researchers for project purposes in a third country.

The Transatlantic Research Partnership 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 program 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.


French Embassy in the U.S.
Higher Education Department