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Creation of a New French-American Excellence Fund with UT Austin

The University of Texas at Austin and the Embassy of France in the United States will be signing on January 31st, in the presence of French Ambassador Gérard Araud and UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves, the Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette France-UT Endowed Excellence Fund. The fund, named after the French mathematician-physicist who served as a professor of physics at UT Austin from 1972 to 2017, is aimed to support and ensure the sustainability of French-American research collaborations.

$100,000 contribution from the Embassy of France (Cultural Service and Office for Science and Technology) and UT Austin will serve as seed money to raise private donations for up to $2 million. Like the other French-American endowment funds, the revenues of the Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette France UT Endowed Excellence Fund will be used to foster the achievement of joint research projects, through the funding, for instance, of travel expenses for American and French faculty members and students. All research areas will be eligible for funding.

For more information or to make a contribution to support the endowment fund, please contact Dr. Alain Mermet, Attaché for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France in Houston: +1 (713) 985-3262 | attache-phys@ambascience-usa.org and Ms. Marie Lozon de Cantelmi, Cultural Attaché at the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston: +1 (713) 985 3261 | marie.lozon-de-cantelmi@diplomatie.gouv.fr.