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Call for Projects (2022-23)

The France-Berkeley Fund invites applications for up to $12,000 in seed funding for new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at the University of California, Berkeley and their counterparts in France.

The Fund’s core mission is to advance innovative basic and applied research in all fields of study. We invite single-discipline or interdisciplinary proposals on any research topic including STEM, arts & humanities, social sciences, law, business, education, and medicine / public health. Please note that proposed research topics need not address issues particular to France or French Studies.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact international travel, the FBF is eager to promote cross-border collaboration in creative formats (e.g. virtual conferences and workshops, websites, etc.).


The France-Berkeley Fund is open to all faculty members and researchers who hold a permanent appointment and principal investigator status at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and/or the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Proposals must be submitted jointly with a colleague who holds a permanent appointment at a French university or research institution, including professional schools, technical universities, research centers and laboratories (CNRS, INRIA, etc.), and Grandes Écoles.


Grants will be awarded on July 1 and funded projects must be completed within 18 months (by December 1 of the following year). Grantees may request a one-time no-cost extension of up to 6 months. Extension requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Projects may be funded to a maximum of $12,000 (USD).

FBF grants may cover project-specific costs such as materials, supplies, and travel to enable short-term visits and exchanges between research teams. Grants may not be used to pay the salaries or stipends of any personnel on the project. Please consult program guidelines for complete details.

Application Deadline

January 31, 11:59pm PST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


Special Instructions for UC Davis Applicants

Before submission to the France-Berkeley Fund, all UC Davis proposals must first be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs for review and approval. For each FBF award, UC Davis will contribute a maximum of $8,000 and Berkeley a maximum of $4,000.

Along with the materials outlined below, all UC Davis applicants must also submit a cover letter evidencing review and approval of the proposal by UC Davis Sponsored Programs, and a letter from the applicant’s home department confirming a monetary contribution equivalent to 1/3 of the total grant request. (Note: Staff or other time commitments/contributions cannot be considered a form of cost-sharing support.)

***No UC Davis proposals will be accepted without prior confirmation from the UCD Office of Sponsored Programs***

For more information, contact Ahmad Hakim-Elahi (Executive Director, Sponsored Programs):

Office of Research
1850 Research Park
University of California, Davis
Phone: 530-754-7700
Fax: 530-754-8229


How to Apply


Read our application guidelines (PDF) for detailed information on France-Berkeley Fund awards and eligibility.

View guidelines



Compile the supporting materials requested below into a single PDF file, in the following order:

  1. Cover sheet (download PDF template)
  2. Project description, in English AND in French (max 3 pages each, including references). The proposal should describe the nature of the collaboration, how the project contributes to advancing scientific knowledge and research methods within the applicants’ fields, the involvement of junior scholars (detailing their names and roles in the project), and the proposed scientific and institutional impact of the collaboration. Please also include a project timeline.
  3. Letter of intent (max 1 page), 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.
  4. Project budget (max 1 page) indicating a breakdown of expenses by category (airfare, lodging, etc.) and other sources of funding (potential and actual).
  5. Curriculum vitae (max 2 pages) of each project coordinator. CVs can be either in French or in English.
  6. For UC Davis Applicants only: Cover letter from UCD Office of Sponsored Programs and applicant's home department (see above instructions)



Complete the online application form and upload all supporting materials before submitting.

***To assist our office, please save your supporting document PDF file with the following title format: Last Name of UC PI - Last Name of France PI - FBF Year***

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January 31, 11:59pm PST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.



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