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2021 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 French Embassy, is pleased to announce the 2021 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 make 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 FACE Foundation are proud to promote and support transatlantic academic research through this Fund.

Selected Projects in Sociology, Geosciences, Chemistry and More

A total amount of $380,000 in grant funds was awarded to the 19 selected institutions to support transatlantic research projects conducted by promising early-career researchers.

Among the researchers are Mauro Nobili and Mehdi Derfoufi, from the Univerisy of Illinois Urbana Champaign and Université Paris 8, who will work on Narratives of Racialization: Mediterranean sources and tropes of race in the premodern and postmodern erasa history project. Also in the realm of the humanities and sociology, the project between the University of California Davis and Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne will look into Immigrant Legal Status and Integration Across Four National Contexts.

Research teams in the fields of engineering, mathematics and biology were also awarded grants. A project entitled Identification of a Mitochondrial Glutamine Carrier will bring together Cornell University and INSA Toulouse, and a team from the University of Texas Arlington and Chimie Paris Tech will work jointly on an engineering topic: Functionalized Graphene Templates for Metal Oxide Catalyst Nanoparticles in Zinc-Air Batteries.

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 Hakima Bessaih from Florida International University and Ludovic Goudenege from CNRS-Université Paris Saclay, tackling the topic of Computational fluid dynamics: numerical approximation and long time behavior.

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 the mental timeline or innovative cropping systems, 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 2021Thomas 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.

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