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Sciences Po Transatlantic Research Fund

The Sciences Po Transatlantic Research Fund (Sciences Po TRF) aims to encourage Sciences Po researchers to engage in transatlantic dialogue and collaboration with peers in any U.S. university.  Our ambition is to amplify Sciences Po transatlantic collaboration through research.

The Sciences Po American Foundation fund projects up to $15,000 for travel, materials, technological support, and other expenses related to the design and implementation of the project. 

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2023 Sciences Po Transatlantic Research Fund Call for Proposals

We accept applications in all subject areas. However, applications in the following priority areas are particularly encouraged:

  • Role of digital technology in our societies, including digital Humanities
  • Climate change and sustainable development
  • Global politics and International Relations
  • Democracy and Human Rights
  • Discriminations, inequality and social justice

Special consideration will be given to projects that aim to promote sustainable relationships between Sciences Po and the chosen U.S. university,

Application Process

Any full time professor of any discipline within Sciences Po is welcome to apply.

Each project should have a maximum duration of 18 months.

Application deadline: November 17, 2023 (previously November 6, 2023)

Please submit the following application materials to the Sciences Po American Foundation: scpoTRF@usscpo.org 

  • Cover page including the project title, e-mail, telephone number, and affiliation of the principal investigator
  • Abstract outlining the joint project in a one-paragraph summary suitable for public reports, publicity materials, including 3 to 5 key words
  • Narrative (four pages maximum) describing the research question, theoretical foundations, project objectives, a list of deliverables, existing literature, methodology, relevance of transatlantic collaboration in the field, future publication opportunities emerging from the project, potential for project expansion, growth and sustainability, as well as and the project’s potential for encouraging future endeavors and partnerships with the partner institution
  • Curriculum vitae of project investigators
  • One-page budget detailing the cost allocation of the joint project with amounts specified by category (travel, accommodation, catering etc.) and a provisional timeline. Please note that the grant may not be used for Per Diems, stipends, or salaries. It may be used for a teaching assistant's salary, provided that it represents no more than 20% of the amount of the grant awarded
  • A letter of support from collaborating faculty in the U.S. university, confirming their commitment to the project
  • Letters of support, if appropriate, from external collaborators, other institutions or investigators and from other external funding sources

Applications will be assessed by the Sciences Po American Foundation Scientific Committee.

The evaluation will take into account:

  • The academic quality of the project 
  • The relevance and strength of the international partnership being built and developed through the project
  • A well-structured and cost efficient budget
  • The project’s potential for expansion, growth and sustainability and its capacity to attract external support
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Laureates of the 2022 TRF Call for Proposals

Adam Baczko, Sciences Po CERI, Gilles Dorronsoro, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and Gregory Mann, Columbia University will collaborate on their research project: The Vagaries of Praetorianism in Mali Military and Civilian Regimes Amidst Foreign Intervention. Given the international rise of authoritarian populism, precarious state of democracy in west Africa, and three coup d’etat in Mali in the past decade, this project forms part of a broader collaboration on politics in Mali which aims to address the lack literature on the military regime and sanctions that emerge in reaction to it. The project will culminate in two conferences, the first on a civilian rule characterized by tension between internationalization and autonomy amongst the political class. The second explores the relationship between the military regime and international and foreign organizations involved in the administration of the country.

Johannes Boehm, Sciences Po Associate Professor of Economics, and Ezra Oberfield, Associate Professor of Economics at Princeton University will be working jointly on their research, Firm-to-Firm Trade and Growth in Long-Term Relationships. The project was motivated by the observation that in the face of lack of formal contract enforcement, firms improve incentives by forming long-term relationships with their suppliers that are supported by trust or family ties. The research will focus on such relation contracts which have emerged in India in face of weak judicial institutions, and mobilize innovative tools for quantitative analysis: a novel model of firm dynamics in a production network. The project ultimately seeks to understand the magnitude of welfare losses associated with the congested courts systems and suggest policies which could be effective to increase allocative efficiency.

Laurent Fourchard, Sciences Po CERI, and Gregory Mann, Professor, History department, Columbia University will collaborate on research titled: Competing for the Past: Academic and Vernacular Histories of Africa. Intending to explore history as a mobilizing cause in Africa, the project will examine the production of academic history in light of the development of vernacular histories all over the continent. A transatlantic endeavor, this research brings together historians and political scientists from Sciences Po and Columbia to highlight the ways these new producers of history challenge, contest or dialogue with existing historical narratives in order to assess the role and place of professional and amateur historians in raising controversial issues in African and global history.

Hélène Le Bail, Sciences Po CERI, Ya-Han Chuang, Sciences Po CERI,  Khatharya Um, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California Berkeley and  Russell Jeung, Department of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University will collaborate on the project: Asian Minorities in Europe and in North America: A transatlantic dialogue on memories, representations, and recognition. Motivated by the resurgence of violence targeting Asians in Western countries, the project addresses minority representation and recognition gap of Asian minorities in European and North American democracies. In addition to addressing two questions concerning the appropriation of collective memory to achieve just representation and tithe ways different regimes determine the recognition of Asian minorities in public space, the project aims to develop a transnational network of researchers and civil society actors to construct a long-term research program promoting social change. 

Isabelle Mejean from the Sciences Po Department of Economics jointly with Andrei Levchenko from University of Michigan Department of Economics have been selected for their project: Building Resilient Global Supply Chains: Lessons from the Pandemic and Beyond. Climate crises and current geopolitical tensions permanently expose firms to higher foreign risks, and likely affect the geography of global value chains. Motivated by the increasingly evident importance of cross-border supply chains, and the vulnerabilities associated with participating in them,  uses new data and new theory to study what features of input-output relationships make supply chains resilient. The project will be useful for individual firms and public authorities alike in working to design more resilient supply chains.