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Established in 1993 as a partnership between the government of France and the University of California at Berkeley, the France-Berkeley Fund (FBF) promotes scholarly exchange in all disciplines between UC Berkeley and all research centers and public institutions of higher education in France.

Through its annual grant competition, the Fund provides seed-money for innovative, bi-national collaborative research.

Successful projects bring together senior and junior researchers in a variety of ways, from workshops and conferences to exchanges of researchers in laboratories. Since 1993, the France-Berkeley Fund has awarded more than $900,000 to fund nearly 100 projects in a wide range of fields — from viticulture and bioengineering to health care policy and Asian history — involving UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and more than fifty French institutions. Many past FBF grant recipients have gone on to secure additional funding from private and governmental sources on both sides of the Atlantic to further their collaboration.

In addition to the grant competition, the Fund administers the Berkeley-CNRS exchange of scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

The deadline for proposals is usually the end of January each year.

Browse all current calls for proposals.