FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts


Guidelines & Application

Next Application Deadline: TO BE ANNOUNCED

General Information

Created by the Embassy of France in the United States and the FACE Foundation, the Transatlantic Research Partnership supports cooperation among the most promising young French and American researchers, and fosters forward-looking collaborative research that addresses the most pressing global challenges.

The Transatlantic Research Partnership aims to encourage innovative research of the highest quality and new collaborations, and especially seeks to support projects involving young researchers (post-docs, PhDs). Projects that include significant transatlantic mobility, collaborative research activities, the organization of joint workshops or conferences, the publication of joint articles will receive the highest priority.

Applications are accepted in the three following fields:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Science for Society (interdisciplinary STEM-HSS projects)

Project should belong to only one of the three thematic fields mentioned above.

Eligible beneficiaries

The Transatlantic Research Partnership 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 (less than 15 years of experience).

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 Transatlantic Research Partnership. Only the research or higher education institutions of the project leaders will receive funding.


Selected projects will receive a funding up to $20,000, to be shared equally between the French and the American partners over 2 years.

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.

Eligible costs

The funds are to be used specifically to support the research partnership submitted to the Transatlantic Research Partnership. The grant will cover:

Type of expensesBeneficiariesMaximum amount

Travel expenses between France and the US

Researchers, Professors, Post-docs and PhDs of the selected partner institutions

$1,200 per flight (round trip)
Accommodation costs and living expenses in the partner countries
Researchers, Professors and Post-docs of the selected partner institutions
Short mobility (<15 days) : $140 per day Long mobility (<30 days) : $90 per day Long mobility (>30 days) : $1,800 per month

Accommodation costs and living expenses in the partner countries

PhDs of the selected partner institutions

Short mobility (<15 days) : $120 per day Long mobility (<30 days) : $70 per day Long mobility (>30 days) : $1,600 per month

Other expenses:
1. Organizational costs of joint conferences (logistics, meals, venue rental…)
2. Publications costs Dissemination costs (international conference…)
3. Costs for additional partners (work meetings, …)
4. Travel/accommodation/ living costs for project purposes in 3rd country

The total cost of other expenses should not exceed 40% of the total grant for both partners (i.e. $8,000 for a grant of $20,000)

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. The Transatlantic Research Partnership aims to help cover expenses linked to the trips to the partner country, but it may not cover all expenses.

No grants are allocated to individuals, but only to institutions. It means that in case one of the PIs changes their position to a different institution, they will have to find a colleague in the initial institution to replace them as PI, and the grant cannot be transferred to a new institution.

No general overhead or administrative costs can be covered by the Transatlantic Research Partnership 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.


French Embassy in the U.S.
Higher Education Department