Program Guidelines




The France-Berkeley Fund supports new collaborations between faculty and research scientists at the University of California, Berkeley and their counterparts in France.

The core mission of the FBF is to advance innovative basic and applied research in all fields. We accept single-discipline or interdisciplinary proposals on any research topic in STEM, arts & humanities, social sciences, law, business, education, and public health.

Priority is given to proposals that demonstrate a balanced exchange and demonstrate complementary expertise between teams; projects involving early-career researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates; projects designed to generate new research approaches and strategies; and projects likely to foster long-term connections.


Eligibility: The France-Berkeley Fund is open to all faculty members and researchers who hold a permanent appointment and principal investigator status at UC Berkeley and/or the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Proposals must be submitted jointly with a colleague who holds a permanent appointment at a public university or research center in France.

UC Davis faculty and permanent researchers are also eligible to apply. See our guidelines for complete instructions and details.

Duration: For the 2021 grant cycle, grants will be awarded on July 1 and funded projects must be completed within 18 months (by December 1, 2022). Grantees may request a one-time no-cost extension on a case-by-case basis.

Budget: 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.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact international travel, FBF grants may also be used to facilitate remote collaborations across borders including virtual conferences and workshops which are likely to advance communication and cooperation between French and Berkeley researchers.

Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021, 11:59pm PST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


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