Invited to apply are all PI eligible Chicago faculty members in
PSD and BSD who wish to initiate or significantly enhance
cooperative scientific projects with student or faculty
colleagues in French research institutions. Researchers at
Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, who are unaffiliated
with PSD and BSD, may also apply for FACCTS funding.
The FACCTS program disburses up to $125,000 in support of a
variety of initiatives in the physical and biological sciences
involving collaborative research undertaken by labs in Chicago
and in France. The FACCTS committee will also evaluate proposals
from researchers unaffiliated with the Univrsity of Chicago, but
based in Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab. The committee
will forward their ratings and recommendations to the leadership
of the two national laboratories. Funding for successful ANL and
Fermilab proposals will be done internally.
Regardless of the funding mechanism, FACCTS awards are intended to support collaborative research teams pursuing new projects, and to help them obtain the preliminary data they need to attract additional funding. There is no stated maximum or minimum request; however, most awards in any given year are likely to be in the range of $5,000 to $20,000.
While these funding levels are relatively modest in comparison
to those offered by state and federal agencies, it is worth
noting that FACCTS funding is significantly more flexible, as it
may be used for almost any purpose allowed by the University.
The single exception is that FACCTS funding is not normally
intended to support travel expenses incurred by senior Chicago
faculty members. However, if such travel is vital to the success
of the project, it will be considered. There are no travel
restrictions for students, postdocs or junior faculty traveling
from Chicago traveling to France, or for students or researchers
at any level from France traveling to Chicago.
Excellent, important science is necessary for a successful
proposal, but not sufficient. The committee will also consider
such other factors as: 1) the necessity of close collaboration
between the Chicago lab and the French partner(s) for success of
the project; 2) the likelihood of a high reward relative to the
amount of funding requested; and 3) the prospects for continued
collaboration in the medium and long term, including plans for
seeking funding for an ongoing relationship.
Proposals should be assembled and submitted utilizing the
guidelines and forms found on the Submit
a Proposal page.
To be considered for funding in 2015, a Notice of Intent is requested
by November 26, 2014. Proposals should be submitted
electronically as a single attachment (either PDF or MS Word
format) to the France Chicago Center at email@example.com. The
deadline for proposals is December 1, 2014.
At the end of the funding period, Chicago principle
investigators of projects that receive FACCTS funding will be
asked to provide a brief report. This report should: 1)
describe in non-technical terms the results acheived, 2) outline
how FACCTS funds were used, 3) describe any new directions
this collaboration might take in the future, and 4) list any
additional outside funding sources that may have been secured to
support future research on this project and/or with this French
Chicago PI's receiving two-year awards will be asked to submit
a 200-word non-technical summary of progress-to-date (via email
to firstname.lastname@example.org) before year 2 funding will be disbursed.
November 26, 2014 -- Deadline for submitting an on-line notification of intent
December 1, 2014 -- Deadline for submitting a proposal
January 31, 2015 -- Decision communicated to all applicants
January 15, 2016 -- Deadline for final report (1-year-projects)
or interim report (2-year projects)
Applicants are requested to submit a Notice of Intent by means of the on-line form on or before November 26, 2014. They must subsequently submit an application as a single PDF document on Word File or before December 1, 2014. A complete application includes the following elements:
Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to Dan Bertsche, Associate Director of the France Chicago Center, at email@example.com or 773-702-3662.