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Strategic Partnerships Office


Paris Sciences et Lettres

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. 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"