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The University of Texas at Austin and the Embassy of France in the United States signed an agreement in July 2017 to create an endowed excellence fund to support French-American research collaborations. The fund will be named Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette France-UT Endowed Excellence Fund, after the French mathematician-physicist who served as a professor of physics at UT Austin from 1972 to 2017.

The France – UT endowment agreement was celebrated in January 2018 by Gérard Araud, ambassador of France in the United States and Gregory Fenves, president of the University of Texas at Austin. The revenues of the Dr Cécile DeWitt-Morette France UT Endowed Excellence will be used to foster the achievement of joint research projects, through the funding, for instance, of travel expenses for American and French faculty and students. All research areas will be eligible to funding by the France-UT Austin endowment.

The first call for proposals 2019-2020 for the France-UT Austin Endowment Fund falls within the scopes of the French initiative "Make our Planet Great Again" and the "Grand Challenge Planet Texas 2050" run by the University of Texas at Austin. Submitted proposals must lie within the topics emphasized by these two programs: climate change, sustainable development, energy transition and biodiversity. All science disciplines included in the above topics are eligible (exact science, applied science, engineering, human and social sciences). For more information on the Request for Proposals 2019-2020: Click here

For more information about the UT Austin – France endowed excellence France, you maye contact the Office for Science and Technology of the French consulate in Houston :

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