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2020 Thomas Jefferson Fund Projects

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with FACE Foundation and the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy, is pleased to announce the 2020 grantees of the Thomas Jefferson Fund.

Inspired by the third American President’s commitment to strengthening French-American relations, the Thomas Jefferson Fund brings talented researchers hailing from both sides of the Atlantic together to initiate or strengthen their collaborative research activities, co-organize conferences, and author joint articles for high-level publications, in order to achieve game-changing discoveries.

In these unprecedented times when the majority of international mobility has been rendered impossible, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the FACE Foundation are proud to promote and support transatlantic academic research through this fund.

Selected Projects in History, Space, Health and More

A total amount of $287,000 in grant funds was awarded to the 15 selected institutions to support transatlantic research projects conducted by promising early-career researchers.

Among the researchers are Jeffrey Leichman and Pauline Beauce, from Louisiana State University and Université Bordeaux-Montaigne, who will work on Virtual Theatres in the French Atlantic World: Urbanism and Spectacle (18th-19th centuries), a history project. Also in the realm of human science and sociology, the project between the University of Washington and the Institut national d’études démographiques will look into early life socioeconomic health inequalities in France and the United States.

Research teams in the fields of engineering, mathematics and chemistry were also awarded grants. A project entitled Journey to Mars: Pharmaceutics for deep-space explorations will bring together the University of Arizona and Université de Montpellier, and a team from Emory University and Ecole des hautes études en santé publique will work jointly on a health topic: Pre-dialysis care trajectories of patients with end-stage renal disease: an international comparative analysis between France and the USA.

Make Our Planet Great Again


Four of the selected projects have been funded as part of the Make Our Planet Great Again initiative, launched by the President Emmanuel Macron of France in June 2017 to reinforce international engagement around the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Among these projects is one led by Catherine Dunlop from Montana State University and Lynda Dematteo from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, tackling the question, How are Environmental Concerns Disrupting Traditional Politics in Rural America and Rural France?

In addition to awards granted in connection with the Thomas Jefferson Fund, the French government opened a call to individual researchers living anywhere in the world who wished to develop projects with France-based researchers addressing climate change, as part of the Make Our Planet Great Again initiative.

From investigating climate change to analyzing data on the impact of socioeconomic inequalities, French and American teams awarded Thomas Jefferson Fund grants strive to address pressing international issues and forge deep, lasting collaboration.

Click here for more information about all 2020 Thomas Jefferson Fund grantees.

The Thomas Jefferson Fund is a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States with the support of the PACCAR Foundation, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Fulbright Franco-American Commission, the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy, and the French Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Higher Education and Research.