Call for Proposals for the Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette France-UT Austin Endowment Fund

Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Energy Transition and Biodiversity

Stemming from a partnership between the Embassy of France in the United States and the University of Texas at Austin, the Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette France-UT Austin aims to support research collaborations between the University of Texas at Austin and French research and higher education institutions.

The first call for proposals for the France-UT Austin Endowment Fund falls within the scope of the French initiative « Make our Planet Great Again » and the « Grand Challenge Planet Texas 2050 » run by the University of Texas at Austin. Submitted proposals must lie within the topics emphasized by these two programs: climate change, sustainable development, energy transition and biodiversity.

All science disciplines included in the topics for the call for proposals are eligible (exact science, applied science, engineering, human and social sciences).

The proposals should associate a UT Austin PI with a professor, associate professor, or permanent researcher at a public research institution or institution of higher learning in France.

Purpose

Established as a partnership with the Embassy of France in the United States, The France-UT Endowed Excellence Fund program supports scholarly collaborations in all disciplines between The University of Texas at Austin and institutions of higher learning in France. The Fund considers projects jointly submitted by a tenured or tenure-track professor or full-time permanent researcher at UT Austin and a professor or associate professor or permanent researcher at a public research institution or institution of higher learning in France.

Faculty and researchers may apply for one of six awards of up to $10,000 in seed funding for bi-national collaborations in all fields of study (Applied Sciences, Engineering, Exact Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences) as well as Professional Schools.

Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette France-UT Endowed Excellence Fund (CDM)

The newly established endowment fund has a two-fold mission:

  • to support research collaborations between faculty at UT Austin and institutions in France
  • to facilitate awareness and connections across the UT Austin community for French culture, workforce and education.

The France-UT endowment has been named in honor of Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette. Dr. DeWitt-Morette’s storied career, her efforts to improve global relations for the science community, and her reputation as a determined innovator embody the spirit of the Dr. Cécile DeWitt-Morette France-UT Endowed Excellence Fund. This endowment solidifies the commitment between France and The University of Texas at Austin to support faculty and students who exemplify some of Dr. DeWitt-Morette’s finest qualities: creativity, determination, passion, and vision. These individual qualities, supported by the rich cultural heritage of innovation and the resources provided by the endowment, will lead to generations of joint discoveries and deeper ties between the people of France and Texas.

2019-2020 Theme: Climate Change/Sustainability/Biodiversity/ Energy Transition

In the spirit of France’s Make our Planet Great Again initiative and UT’s Grand Challenge Planet Texas 2050, all proposals submitted to this program for 2019-2020 must fall under the broad heading of climate change, sustainability, biodiversity, and/or energy transition. 

Examples include the following topics although are not limited to these topics.

  • Governing and managing sustainable development locally and globally.
  • Developing, implementing and promoting sustainable technologies.
  • Knowledge and monitoring of the physical, chemical, biological, ecological and social mechanisms that underpin global and regional environmental changes, including an understanding of how these mechanisms have interacted in the past and how they are likely to evolve in the future.
  • How anthropogenic pressures such as climate change, pollution, landscape fragmentation or introduction of invasive species affect the biodiversity and what are the ecological, economic or societal impacts?
  • Sustainable development challenges in the context of global and climate changes.
  • Meeting basic needs for a growing human population in a stressed ecosystem.
  • How societies may address global environmental and sustainability challenges.
  • The transition from fossil fuels towards innovative zero carbon energy sources.
  • Systemic  approach  of  the  energy  transition  including  economic,  ecologic,  and  social challenges, and the development and analysis of prospective scenarios.
  • Improvement  of  modeling  activities  of  complex  Earth  systems,  data  assimilation  and predictability.
  • Exploring, understanding and evaluating transformation pathways and life cycle issues.
  • Economically, environmentally and socially viable production and bioproduction of bio- sourced raw materials.
  • Issues related to human health and well-being, demography, economic strategies and their associations with sustainable production and consumption, urbanization, new technologies and processes, energy and governance for global sustainability and climate change induced stress.
  • Concepts associated to the flexibility of population/economic needs and consumption habits in the perspective of an accelerated energy transition.

Eligibility

  • This opportunity is open to all tenured and tenure-track faculty and permanent researchers from any discipline. Must have UT PI status.
  • UT PI must collaborate with a professor, associate professor, or permanent researcher at a public research institution or institution of higher learning in France.
  • Each UT PI may submit a maximum of one application per funding round.

Eligible Activities

The UT – France endowment fund aims to support joint research activities. Activities do not need to take place in the United States or France, but should intersect with US/French and US/French-related materials, entities and individuals and foster research and academic cooperation between The University of Texas at Austin and France

Timeline

  • Announce Call for Proposals to UT Professors: February 15, 2019
  • Deadline for Proposal Submission: Friday, March 29, 2019, 5:00 p.m.
  • Proposal Review: April 2019
  • Announce Winners for 2019-2020 Awards: Mid-late May 2019
  • Grantee Period of Performance : September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020

Applications must be submitted by the UT Austin PI on the dedicated website.

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