France-Chicago: 2015 Call for Proposals [fr]
The France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS) program is designed to enhance science at the University of Chicago by encouraging closer relations between researchers in Physics Sciences Department (PSD) and Biology Sciences Department (BSD) and high-level research teams and institutions of higher education in France. It seeks to accomplish this goal by offering seed funding for new projects that promote meaningful academic and scientific exchange, and that show promise of leading to fruitful and sustainable collaboration.
New in 2015: Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, who are unaffiliated with PSD and BSD are now eligible for FACCTS funding, and are encouraged to apply.
Eligibility: Invited to apply are all PI-eligible University of Chicago faculty members affiliated with PSD and BSD, as well as researchers at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab.
One program, three pools: FACCTS applications from PI-eligible researchers affilitated with PSD and BSD at the University of Chicago will consititue one applicant pool. Proposals from this pool will be competing for funding totaling $125,000. Awards to successful projects from this pool will be disbursed through an internal transfer of funds (i.e. from one FAS account to another).
Applications submitted by researchers from Argonne and Fermilab will constitute a second and third pool. Applications in these pools will be evaluated by the FACCTS committee, and ratings and recommendations will be forwarded to the offices of the directors of the appropriate national laboratory, which will be responsible for final award decisions. Successful national laboratory FACCTS proposals will be funded internally at levels totalling at least $20,000 for Argonne proposals, and up to a total of $15,000 for Fermilab proposals.
Funding parameters: There is no maximum or minimum request. However, most awards are typically in the range of $5,000 to $20,000. While these funding levels are relatively modest in comparison to those offered by state and federal agencies, FACCTS funds are significantly more flexible, as they may be used for nearly any purpose that the University’s (or national laborary’s) accounting system allows. While the use of FACCTS funds to support travel by senior Chicago faculty members is discouraged, these funds may certainly be used to bring senior researchers from France to Chicago, and to support travel by students or junior researchers in both directions. Indeed, reviewers on the FACCTS committee deems “travel” to be a particularly appropriate use of FACCTS funding
Selection criteria: Excellent, important science is necessary for a successful proposal, but it is not sufficient. The committee will also consider such other factors as: 1) the level of complementarity between the collaborating partners; 2) the likelihood of a high reward relative to the amount of funding requested; and 3) the potential for continued collaboration in the medium and long term. While there is no strict matching requirement, when distinguishing between two similarly rated projects, the committee may consider the extent to which requested funding is being leveraged to secure additional resources on either (or both) side(s) of the Atlantic.
Guidelines: Proposals should be assembled and submitted utilizing the guidelines and forms found on the Submit a Proposal page.
To be considered for funding in 2015, a Notice of Intent is requested by November 26, 2014. Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single attachment (either PDF or MS Word format) to the France Chicago Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2014.
November 26, 2014 — Deadline for submitting an on-line notification of intent
December 1, 2014 — Deadline for submitting a proposal
January 31, 2015 — Decision communicated to all applicants
January 15, 2016 — Deadline for final report (1-year projects) or interim report (2-years projects)