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Established in 1993 as a partnership with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the France-Berkeley Fund (FBF) promotes and supports scholarly exchange in all disciplines between faculty and research scientists at the University of California and their counterparts in France.

Through its annual grant competition, the FBF provides seed money for innovative, bi-national collaborations. The Fund's core mission is to advance research of the highest caliber, to foster interdisciplinary inquiry, to encourage new partnerships, and to promote lasting institutional and intellectual cooperation between France and the United States.

Établi en 1993 en tant que partenariat avec le Ministère français des Affaires Étrangères, le Fond France-Berkeley (FFB) facilite et supporte des échanges interdisciplinaires entre chercheurs et professeurs à l'Université de Californie, Berkeley et leurs collègues français. 

A travers son concours de subvention annuel, le FFB offre un investissement initial pour commencer des recherches innovantes entre nos deux pays. La mission principale du Fond est d’aider à l’avancement de recherche de haute qualité, de favoriser la recherche interdisciplinaire, d’encourager de nouveaux partenariats, et de promouvoir une longue coopération institutionnelle et intellectuelle entre la France et les Etats-Unis. 

The Pajus Fund

France-Berkeley research collaborations are funded in part through a generous endowment to the University of California, Berkeley from Jean and Bessie M. Pajus. Dr. Jean Pajus (1903-1999) was a native of France. An economist and lawyer by training, he taught economics at Berkeley in the 1930s. He later worked at other colleges and universities and for the federal government. While at Berkeley, he met and married his wife, Bessie. Both received their B.A. from Cal in 1921. The France-Berkeley Fund honors Dr. Pajus' legacy by supporting young researchers and initiating connections across international and disciplinary boundaries.