Joint Projects Grant

Joint Projects

Call for Joint Projects

The Alliance Call for Joint Projects are intended to support transatlantic projects of the highest quality, both in scientific research and collaborative teaching efforts, between faculty members of all disciplines within the Alliance network.

The Alliance Call for Joint Projects aim to promote new efforts in joint research proposal development, pilot research, collaborative teaching endeavors, and other activities in order to create new international collaborative initiatives.

Deadline: June 19th, 2020

The Alliance Call for Joint Projects is open to full-time officers of instruction of professorial rank, from all disciplines at Columbia University, École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Projects must be presented jointly by at least one faculty member from Columbia University and one faculty member from any one of the three French institutions.

Third parties may be part of the Joint Project team as long as the team includes at least one faculty member from Columbia University and at least one faculty member from any one of the three French institutions.

The Alliance Program will fund projects up to $15,000 for travel, materials, technological support, and other expenses in the design/implementation of the project. The grant cannot be used for salary, stipends, Per Diem, or teaching-assistant wages.

Principal investigators from Columbia University must inform their Dean or Department Chair, and their Director of Administration and Finance of their application to this grant.

Applications must be submitted by an individual with the authority to serve as a principal investigator, who will assume primary scholarly, administrative, and financial responsibility for the project at Columbia University.

Applicants with projects that include student travel are required to consult with Columbia’s Office of Global Programs (for programs that involve undergraduates), or the Dean of Students of the associated School (for programs that involve graduate students).

Please note that if your funded-project involves coursework or seeks credit, proper approvals from all committees and academic offices will need to be obtained.

Eligible projects could include:

  • Thematic doctoral workshops with students and faculty members from both institutions.

  • Joint conferences, and seminars

  • Any teaching, reinventing, and challenging traditional methods

Special consideration will be given to those projects which aim to promote sustainable relationships between departments or schools in the Alliance network.

Application required documents must be sent in English to in the following order:

  1. Cover page including the project title, e-mail, telephone number and affiliation of each principal investigator

  2. Abstract outlining the joint project in a one-paragraph summary suitable for public reports, publicity materials, and the Alliance website

  3. Narrative (five pages maximum) describing the research question, theoretical foundations, existing literature, empirical and methodological facets, the relevance of transatlantic collaboration in the field and the project’s potential for encouraging future endeavors between the two institutions. Please also mention if the project intends to attract external funding

  4. Curriculum vitae of project investigators

  5. One-page budget (one page) 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 Joint Projects Grant will not cover any types of salary, stipends, per diem or teaching-assistant wages

  6. Letters of support (required) from collaborating faculty, describing their commitments

  7. Letters of support (as appropriate) from external collaborators, other institutions or investigators and from other external funding sources


Application required documents must be sent in English to by June 19th, 2020.

Applications are assessed by external reviewers in their disciplines.

The evaluation will take into account:

  • The academic quality of the project and relevance of pedagogical innovation

  • The relevance of the international partnership

  • The coherence and the consistence of the budget and the potential to attract external support

  • The formation of the team, the research's addition to the broader interest of applicants’ departments and research centers, and the strong potential for further collaboration.

Results will be announced near the end of 2019.

Project Timeline

The first project-related expenses should be incurred within one year of the date of award. All expenses and activities should be incurred within one year from the date of the first expenses.

Project Report

Recipients are required to submit to Alliance a final Academic Report on the research conducted.


When recipients receive external grants based on the Alliance seed grant, they are expected to acknowledge the support of the “Alliance Program Joint Projects Grant” in any papers, publications or resumes and to provide the Alliance team with copies of these papers and publications.

Payment of the grant

The grant will only be awarded after submission of original receipts for all expenses. The funds will be transferred to the department of the principal investigator at Columbia University, who will assume primary scholarly, administrative, and financial responsibility for the project.

All Columbia University students and faculty members that will travel internationally with an Alliance granted project will refer to the International Travel Planning Policy, and are encouraged to register their travels through the University’s Global Travel website.