Grantees 2010 – 2013
The members of the PUF Grant Review Committee met on March 29th 2010, under the co-presidency of Dr. Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Dr. Christophe Laux, Professor of Engineering, Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP), in order to choose the laureates of the third PUF Call for projects.
78 grant applications were examined.
11 laureates were selected, and subsequently approved by the steering committee of PUF and the board of FACE.
The laureates are listed hereinafter
(without merit order):
PARTNERSHIP: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) / Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA)
SUBJECT: Spin-Polarized Tunnelling across Ferrite-based Spin Filters
The present project belongs to the field of spintronics. The objective of this PUF project is to combine the expertise of materials growth (CEA-Saclay) and spin tunnelling (MIT) by developing the interactions and the mobility of the students and the faculty. The funding for this collaboration focuses on the missions (travels, living and housing expenses) and interactions between French/US Ph.D. students, post-doc and researchers.
Aside from trips between the MIT and France for experimental work, a lesser portion of the funding will be reserved for conferences and workshops such as the Gordon Research Conference in which the two collaborating groups will present their results together.
PARTNERSHIP: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine / Institut d’Electronique, Microélectronique et Nanotechnologie, Université de Lille 1
SUBJECT: High Frequency Nanotube Printed Circuits
The joint study & research program is based on well-established graduate programs at both institutions. The partnership is based on Ph.D student, M.S. student, postdoc, and Faculty Researcher exchanges and aims at the faster advancement of printed circuit RF technologies. This project aims to bring together two research thrusts with expertise in nanotube technology and RF electronics for printed circuits with high performance. This project is focusing on research rather than a dual degree while benefiting strongly from the Atlantis program on teaching and research.
Full Summary : High Frequency Nanotube Printed Circuits
PARTNERSHIP: New York University School of Medicine / Université Paris Sud 11
SUBJECT: Emotion & Time Developmental study of temporal memory and its modification by emotion
The research project is anchored on already‐existing bilateral collaborative networks at the national level funded by ANR French agency and at the transatlantic level, some funded by the CNRS. The funding provided by PUF will permit institutions to expand these networks to create a larger, unique multidisciplinary approach involving experts in animal timing and timing in children, experts in the neurobiology of animal fear memory, and an expert in the ontogenesis in animal fear memory. The overall objective of this proposal is to broaden students’ training by providing them with exposure to different laboratories taking unique approaches to the same fundamental questions concerning timing. The primary research question on Emotion and Time is essential as it has direct implications for understanding basic mechanisms of temporal representation and its relationship with emotion. The PUF funding will also permit to organize joint meetings involving six laboratories, a key for consolidating new collaborations and for promoting new ideas. Over the three year period, the planned mobility program estimates up to three months of travels involving 25 faculty and post‐doctoral fellows, and 15 students at the doctoral or masters level to different labs.
PARTNERSHIP : Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC), Cornell University / Centre Microélectronique de Provence (CMP), Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne (ENSM-SE)
SUBJECT: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Collaboration on Bioelectronics
The aim of this project is to create a research and education partnership between the Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) at Cornell University and the Centre Microélectronique de Provence (CMP) of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne (ENSM-SE) in the area of bioelectronics. The research component targets the use of electrically-active 2D and 3D scaffolds for cell growth. The educational component consists of an annual workshop on bioelectronics that is hosted by the CMP every summer and is co-developed and co-taught by CMP and NBTC faculty members.
PARTNERSHIP: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University / Université de Limoges / Université de Poitiers
SUBJECT: OASIS MAJOR
The aim of the project is to conduct comparative research on two key archaeological sites of the oases of Dakhleh and Khargeh, in the Western Desert of Egypt. The study of different archaeological materials discovered (main buildings, land tenure, paths, roads, trails connecting the villages, …) can improve the understanding of the the connection between the two sites and the role they played in the African caravan economy.and to provide a framework for studying their position in the network of caravan roads leading from North Africa to Egypt, and then to Arabia and India.
The partnership between New York University and the University of Limoges was born from fieldwork experience: the desire to share information and methods on the field, the urgent necessity of exchanging competences and to give students involved in our projects the opportunity to discover other methods and conditions of work. As the Universities of Limoges and Poitiers are part of a common scientific and educational program and are also sharing a structure for PhD students education (Ecole doctorale), important commodities had already been devoted to exchanges between Faculties and students from both institutions. They now will provide to allow full and rich exchanges between the three institutions involved.
Full Summary : Oasis studies
PARTNERSHIP : Department of Chemistry, Princeton University / Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Département de Chimie – Laboratoire PPSM
SUBJECT : Electrically Conducting Polymer-Graphene Nanocomposites
As consumer electronics, medical devices, automobiles, and airplanes become increasingly dependent on sensitive electronic components for communication and critical system functions; electromagnetic interference (EMI) is a growing concern. The need to develop conducting polymeric coatings and films stems from a myriad of industrial applications ranging from printed circuits and conducting patterns to anti-static, electromagnetic shielding coatings. To accomplish this goal, the partners propose to combine the graphene-based nanocomposite processing and characterization expertise of the Department of Chemical Engineering of Princeton University with the conducting polymer coating expertise of the PPSM at ENS Cachan.
Full Summary : Electrically Conducting Graphene Nanocomposites
PARTNERSHIP : Université de Chicago / Maison René Ginouvès (Archéologie et Ethnologie), Université Paris X (Nanterre)
SUBJECT : Migration, Material Culture, and Memory: Constructing Community in Mobile Worlds
The complex relationship between migration, material culture, and memory constitutes a research frontier with important implications for both past and contemporary societies. The nexus of these three phenomena has been a major factor in social transformations since prehistory, but it has become an especially salient focus of concern with the emergence of large-scale migration in the recent post-colonial period and the formation of transnational diasporic communities in the age of globalization. This project is designed to create an institutional bridge that will bring together leading experts and doctoral students from several disciplines in the effort to create new sustainable transatlantic research synergies centering on the interlocking relationship between these social phenomena in the construction of new identities and forms of community.
These themes will be thoughts from different scientific approaches of both countries, France and the United States, and two complementary disciplines, archeology and ethnology. The project involves exchanges of researchers and students, joint seminars, workshops, conferences and publications.
Department of Anthropology, University of Chicago
Professeur d’Anthropologie et Directeur du Centre de Paris de l’Université de Chicago
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PARTNERSHIP : Argonne National Laboratory / Université Technologique de Troyes
SUBJECT : Development of hybrid plasmonic nanosystems
This project will help to accelerate the growth of the LNIO/CNM nanophotonics collaboration and will be based on the very significant past successes of the existing interaction between UTT and ANL. Plasmonics, i.e. the optics of nanometals, has garnered rapidly increasing attention over the last ten years. Funding will be sought in the areas of metal nanostructures (MNs) for high field enhancement and the interaction of the MNs with molecules. The goal is to pursue hybrid plasmonic systems, with a particular emphasis on the interaction or coupling between NMs and organic molecular materials. The UTT and CNM have collaborated with each other for five years, leading to many joint papers and visiting scholar.
PARTNERSHIP: Rice Institute for Biomedical Research, Northwestern University / Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS)
SUBJECT: Northwestern University / Ecole Normale Supérieure PhD Exchange Program
This partnership is to establish a new jointly managed Northwestern University / Ecole Normale Supérieure PHD program. The emphasis will be cross-training and interdisciplinarity in the life and biomedical sciences with strong interactions with faculty and students in computer science, chemistry, physics, and engineering disciplines. This program will be directed to ENS master and PHD students and to Northwestern PHD students. Each year 2-4 students at ENS will spend 4 to 6 months in Evanston as interns. The same number of American students (mainly PhD) is expected in Paris.
Full Summary : Northwestern University / ENS PhD Exchange Program
PARTNERSHIP: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York / Université Paris Sud 11 / Université de Montpellier 2
SUBJECT : French – American Cooperative Graduate Education in Physical Science and Technology
Paris 11, Montpellier and RPI propose to initiate programs of cooperative graduate level education and research in science and technology. Partner institutions intend to set up one or more cotutelle programs in which French and American graduate students can study and perform PhD and MS thesis research jointly under the supervision of Paris 11, and Montpellier with RPI, obtaining doctoral or master’s degrees from both.
The research and teaching program is composed of three parts:
1 / “Hadronic Physics”: to study the structure of the nucleon (proton, neutron) in terms of quarks and gluons;
2 / “Bioengineering”: to study the structure of the interface organic / inorganic bone,
3 / “Integrated Electronics”: to study electronics and photonics “terahertz” based on silicon.
PUF program, helped initiate and / or strengthen these research collaborations between U.S. and France and, especially, educationally, to start three joint PhD programs for two American students and French student.
PARTNERSHIP: University of Southern California / Institut de Biologie Structurale Jean-Pierre Ebel
SUBJECT: Joint Research at the Chemistry‐Biology Interface
The project will foster a partnership between the Department of Chemistry, College of Letters, Arts& Sciences, University of Southern California (USC, Los Angeles) and two French institutes, the Institute for Structural Biology Jean‐Pierre Ebel (IBS) and the Institut Albert Bonniot (IAB), both located in Grenoble. The lead French partner will be IBS. The research focus will be at the chemistry‐biology interface, building on the reciprocal strengths of the three partners, seizing an opportunity to build a cooperative program reflecting the advantages of both the US and French systems.The aim of the project is to develop novel inhibitors of BET family proteins, factors of chromatin remodeling implicated in diverse cancers, in the establishment of infections by some oncoviruses and developmental pathologies. This partnership offers doctoral and post doctoral students to visit the partner university to complete their research in related topics. Moreover, the professors will visit the partner institution to teach, discuss the collaborative project and plan workshops.