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Paris Sciences et Lettres: Call for proposals

In May 2014, the University of Cambridge signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University (PSL), with the support of the Embassy of France, to facilitate exchange and seed collaborations between Cambridge and PSL researchers.

Formally established in 2011, PSL is a postgraduate education and research consortium comprising, among others, the École Normale Supérieure, the Collège de France, ESPCI ParisTech, Chimie ParisTech, Mines ParisTech, the Observatoire de Paris, the Université Paris-Dauphine, the Institut Curie, the École française d'Extrême-Orient, the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts (visit this weblink for a full list of member institutions). It is one of the French government’s Initiatives d’Excellence (IdEx).

The purpose of the partnership between the two organisations is to boost existing and prospective collaborative projects, and enhance researchers’ capacity to apply successfully for external funding –i.e. funds awarded under Horizon 2020.

 

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:

Regular calls are published for proposals through the Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme (CHRGS) for match-funded projects in AHSS involving Cambridge and PSL.

Applications are invited from Cambridge researchers wishing to undertake research projects involving collaborators formally affiliated to any of PSL’s member institutions (click here for a full list of eligible PSL members). The funding can be used to pay for networking, travel and subsistence, and to contribute towards the cost of organising academic workshops, seminars or conferences –under no circumstances can the funding be used to purchase equipment or cover administrative costs.

Collaborations must be feasible, well-developed, and show the potential for further active research between the partners. Academic merit will be the main criterion in any award. There is no subject restriction, but priority will be given to applications showing that consideration has been given to how the proposed project will enhance the researchers’ capacity to apply for future awards (i.e. funds awarded under Horizon 2020).

Proposals must be submitted through the Cambridge Humanities Research Grants Scheme portal.  For information about forthcoming calls, please contact GrantsAHSS@admin.cam.ac.uk."

STEM subjects:

The Cambridge-PSL-French Embassy Fund has been set up to seed Cambridge-PSL academic collaborations in the life sciences, physical sciences, technology.

All Cambridge researchers who have the full support of their respective departments are eligible to apply. Their collaborators must be formally affiliated to a PSL institution. A letter of support from the PSL partner institution must be provided at the time of application. The funding can be used to pay for networking, travel and subsistence, and to contribute towards the cost of organising academic workshops, seminars or conferences –under no circumstances can the funding be used to purchase equipment or cover administrative costs.

Academic merit will be the main criterion in any award. Collaborations must be feasible, well-developed, and show the potential for further active research between the partners. Priority will be given to applications showing that consideration has been given to how the proposed project will enhance the researchers’ capacity to apply for future awards (i.e. funds awarded under Horizon 2020).

As part of the application, researchers must submit: 1) A project description, including expected outcomes (one side of A4); 2) Detailed costs of the proposed collaborative project and its expected outcomes; 3) Letters of support from relevant departments (both at Cambridge and PSL); 4) Biographical information of Cambridge and PSL lead researchers.

Complete applications must be sent to FwuChing.Wee@admin.cam.ac.uk. There is no deadline for the submission of proposals. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprising members of University of Cambridge, PSL, and the French Embassy. Successful applicants will be notified as soon as a decision has been made.

Cambridge-PSL Collaborative Research Matched Funding Scheme (STEM subjects):

To enhance long-term and larger-scale collaborations between Cambridge and PSL, Departmental-level or School-level proposals to jointly fund Cambridge-PSL projects, with matched funding provided by PSL, will be considered. Please contact the Strategic Partnerships Office (FwuChing.Wee@admin.cam.ac.uk) for further information.