2019 Application Overview

The 2019 France-Berkeley Fund grant competition is now closed. Applicants will be notified in mid-June.

Established in 1993 as a partnership with the Ministère des Affaires Etrangères, the France-Berkeley Fund supports and promotes scholarly collaboration in all disciplines between the University of California and public research centers and institutions of higher learning in France.
The Fund considers projects jointly submitted by a tenured or tenure-track professor or a permanent researcher at UC Berkeley or UC Davis (postdocs are generally not eligible to apply), and a professor or permanent researcher at a public research institution or institution of higher learning in France.
Faculty and researchers may apply for up to $12,000 in seed funding for bi-national collaborations in all fields of study (Applied Sciences, Engineering, Exact Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences) as well as Professional Schools.
Funded projects may begin between July 1 and December 31, 2019, and must be completed within one year of their start date.

FBF Grant Cycle Timeline
January 31: Grant proposals due
February-May: Proposals reviewed
mid-June: New grantees announced
July-December: Funded projects begin

ATTENTION UC DAVIS APPLICANTS: All proposals must go through the Office of Sponsored Programs before submission to the France-Berkeley Fund.
No UC Davis proposals will be accepted without confirmation from the Office of Research.
For more information, please contact Ahmad Hakim-Elahi (ahakimelahi@ucdavis.edu)
The Office of Sponsored Programs
Office of Research
1850 Research Park
University of California, Davis
Phone: 530-754-7700
Fax: 530-754-8229

How to apply:

STEP 1: To get started, download and read our application guidelines (PDF) for detailed information on France-Berkeley Fund awards and eligibility. You may need to download Adobe Reader to view PDF documents.

STEP 2: Compile the supporting materials requested below into two separate files (one in English, one in French), in MS Word or PDF format, in the following order:

  1. Cover sheet (.docx or PDF)
  2. Project proposal (3 pages max), including references, a timetable for completion, and a description of how the project contributes to scientific knowledge and research methods within the applicants’ fields, the nature of the collaboration proposed, the involvement of junior scholars (detailing their names and roles in the project), and the proposed impact of the collaboration, both in scientific terms and institutionally. NOTE: This description must be in French in the French file, and in English in the English file.
  3. Letter of intent (1 page max), signed by both project coordinators, indicating their commitment to collaborate and to observe the project timeline and calendar of expenses. This letter can be either in French or in English; a translation is not necessary, but it must be included in both files.
  4. Project budget (1 page max) indicating a breakdown of expenses by category (airfare, lodging, etc.) and other sources of funding (potential and actual). The same document may be used in both files (French and English).
  5. Curriculum vitae (2 pages max) of each project coordinator. CVs can be either in French or in English, but must be included in both files.
  6. ***For UC Davis applicants only***Cover letter evidencing review and approval of the proposal by UC Davis Sponsored Programs, and a letter from the applicant's home department confirming cost-sharing support. For more information, please contact Ahmad Hakim-Elahi: ahakimelahi@ucdavis.edu

To assist our office, please save documents with the following file names:
     [UC PI last name]-[French PI last name]-FBF2019-ENG
     [UC PI last name]-[French PI last name]-FBF2019-FR

STEP 3: Fill out our online application form and upload all supporting PDFs before submitting your application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

Please contact Program Manager Julia Nelsen (fbf@berkeley.edu) with any questions.