Social Science Matrix is partnering with Sciences Po, a premier university based in Paris, France, to provide seed funding for collaborative partnerships between scholars from the two universities. UC Berkeley faculty members are invited to submit applications for Matrix/Sciences Po Collaboration Grants, to be used to fund activities that will support this program’s goals.

The primary goal of this initiative is to support collaborations between two of the world’s premier centers for social science research: UC Berkeley and Sciences Po, which is based in Paris and has campuses in multiple locations across France.

Social Science Matrix has a mission to support groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary social science research, and we are committed to extending this mission beyond the campus through meaningful partnerships with institutions around the world. Sciences Po has a similarly global outlook, and is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of important global challenges like public health, urban development, security, environmental policy, and other topics. The partnership has potential to lead to valuable research that will have a lasting impact on important 21st-century issues.

We anticipate making Seed Grants of up to $5,000 for each project, to support collaborations starting as early as January 2018. Eligible projects may vary in timeframe and scope (though funds must be used by June 30, 2019); we encourage applicants to seek complementary funding if needed, for example from the France-Berkeley Fund. Applicants are asked to elaborate the best method for collaboration and exchange according to their respective discipline, theme, or the constituency the grant will serve. These activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Faculty exchanges
  • Research seminars designed to generate new research strategies
  • Workshops for faculty and students

In addition to receiving funding, UC Berkeley faculty members who spend time in France through this initiative will be provided with meeting and office space at their chosen location. Matrix will also provide administrative support and help publicize the work of a project team if desired.

We anticipate making Seed Grants of up to $5,000 for each project, to support collaborations starting as early as January 2018. Activities may include but are not limited to: faculty exchanges, research seminars, and workshops for faculty and students. Collaborations may be new, or they may be new initiatives launched by past collaborators. Proposals are due on November 30, 2017 by 11:59pm PDT.

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