In this time of intense global competition, the Partner University Fund (PUF) is creating new educational and research partnerships across disciplines and national boundaries to prepare our brightest young scholars to be world leaders in their respective fields.
Established in 2007, PUF is a collaboration between the French government and American private and corporate donors to support academic partnerships between French and American institutions of higher education. PUF promotes three-year university academic and research partnerships at the graduate and post-doctoral levels of study. This innovative program supports joint research, mobility of professors and students, dual degrees, and shared curricula in all disciplines.
Whereas many programs provide highly specific funding that makes diverse partnerships difficult, PUF offers the advantage of a single funding tool to support complex, multifaceted projects. PUF co-finances up to 30% of the total project cost (up to $80,000 per year). Thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PUF co-finances projects in the humanities up to 60% of the total cost (up to $160,000 per year).
There are currently 43 American and 42 French universities participating in PUF, highlighting both the need and enthusiasm for meaningful academic cooperation on both sides of the Atlantic. Over the past five years, the program has awarded 66 three-year grants in a variety of disciplines including business, law, earth sciences, and musicology. Indeed, interest in the program continues to grow. Since 2007 applications have risen 30%, reaching 100 per year on average.
James Rothman, Fergus F. Wallace Professor of Biomedical Sciences Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell Biology at Yale University, was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for his discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells. He shares the Nobel Prize in Medicine with Randy Schekman (University of Berkeley) and Thomas Südhof (Stanford University).
The members of the PUF Grant Review Committee met on May 20th, 2013 under the co-presidency of Allan Goodman and Christophe Laux, in order to choose the laureates among the grants applications of the sixth call for projects. Altogether, five partnerships were selected and subsequently approved by the PUF Steering Committee and the Board of Trustees of FACE. Two projects were selected in Humanities and will be co-financed by PUF and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
CALL FOR PROJECTS 2013:
The results of the PUF 2013 Call for Projects have been announced.
Five partnerships were selected and subsequently approved by the PUF Steering Committee and the Board of Trustees of FACE.
Two projects were selected in Humanities and will be co-financed by PUF and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.