France-Berkeley Fund Call for Projects
The France-Berkeley Fund (FBF) was established in 1993 by the University of California at Berkeley and the French Ministère des Affaires Etrangères in order to support scientific and scholarly exchanges and collaboration between Berkeley and research and higher education institutions in France.
Applications are accepted in all fields—Humanities, Social Sciences, Exact Sciences, Engineering, Applied Sciences, and Professional Schools. The Fund considers projects jointly submitted by a tenured or tenure-track professor (or a researcher with a permanent position; post-docs are typically not eligible) at UC Berkeley or UC DAVIS and a professor or researcher with a permanent affiliation with a French public research institution or institution of higher learning. We regret not being able to accept applications from UC Santa Cruz since 2010, or from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as of 2013.
The Fund aims to encourage and support original research of the highest quality and new collaborations, and especially seeks to support projects involving younger scholars. Projects such as workshops or conferences (especially in the human sciences) designed to generate new research strategies, and projects that maximize the number of researchers involved will receive the highest priority.
Rules and Restrictions
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.
Projects will be funded to a maximum of US $12,000 per project. All projects must be initiated by a funds transfer request by December 31, 2017. Funds may be transferred for project initiation starting July 1, 2017 until the end of 2017. Projects must be completed within one year of their initiation.
All award funds will be transferred to an account in the UC home department of the University of California-based grantee, and will be managed by the appropriate department manager. Previous recipients of FBF awards can reapply two years after completion of their collaboration. However, they have to reapply separately with a new partner and for a new project. Researchers may submit a maximum of ONE application per funding round.