France-Chicago Center (FCC) was created in April of 2001 when various individuals, corporations and private foundations came together to match a one million-dollar grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Revenue from the resulting endowment fund—along with generous annual support from individual and corporate sponsors, and support from various divisions within the University of Chicago—make it possible for the French Chicago Center to pursue its mission.
The France Chicago Center is a University of Chicago-based interdisciplinary organization with a two-fold mission of
- facilitating, promoting, and fostering stronger ties between University of Chicago students and researchers and their colleagues in France
- increasing awareness within the University of Chicago community of French culture, art, and thought.
To this end, the Center sponsors a range of programs including conferences, workshops, public lectures, visiting professors, fellowships, travel grants and fellowships, exchange programs and various cultural, scientific, and outreach activities. For example, through the Center, the University of Chicago established a strong partnership with the Collège de France.
In 2008, The France and Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences (FACCTS) was created. This program is designed to enhance science at the University of Chicago by encouraging closer relations between researchers in physics, biology and molecular engineering 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. This program is administered by the France Chicago Center (FCC), and is made possible with the financial support of FCC, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research, The Division of Biological Sciences, the Division of the Pysical Sciences, The Institute for Molecular Engineering, the Office of Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States, Argonne National Laboratory, and Fermilab. This program have an annual fund of around $185,000 for financing projects in the sciences, primarily from the fields of physics and biology. The ten projects subsidized under FACCTS for each year are selected after a request for proposals. The deadline for proposals is usually the beginning of January each year.