The Paris Seine Initiative

Call for projects 2018 – Excellence in research

Emergence of new research areas, reinforcement of doctoral and post‐doctoral training, development of partnership oriented research linked to the socio‐economic world

Deadline for submission of proposals: 20th April 2018, 1pm





Please send proposals to the following scientific contact address:

Objectives of the call for proposals

Institutional framework

A second call for proposals has been launched to support research excellence in the framework of the Paris//Seine initiative of excellence.

The Paris//Seine initiative of excellence is carried by five institutions: the COMUE Paris//Seine, the University of Cergy-Pontoise, ESSEC Business School, EISTI and ENSEA. Funding for the project amounts to 7,4M€ per year. One of the central challenges of the Excellence Initiative is the reinforcement of scientific potential, international visibility and research excellence in partner institutions.


The purpose of the present call for proposals is to grant financial support for projects submitted by the Paris Seine scientific community, and contributing to the development of scientific excellence. Project quality and impact the international visibility and excellence dynamics will be key factors in project selection.

Targeted projects include the emergence of new research themes, the strengthening of doctoral and post-doctoral training, increased attractiveness and international visibility, the emergence of cross-disciplinary projects involving several research entities of University Paris Seine and the development of partnership research related to the socio-economic world.

The present call for proposals aims to encourage the emergence of projects offering a structuring effect on research strategy in establishments, research teams and researchers themselves and allow them to lift barriers in identified development areas.

The supported projects will, in particular, contribute to the development of international scientific collaborations with certain privileged partners of the Excellence Initiative Paris//Seine (especially in Europe, Warwick University and in Asia, Nanyang Technological University). They will also be able to provide support for the development of transversal and innovative research projects which will fuel the set up of renovated graduate schools, in coherence with the next EUR national call.

The call for proposals complements the existing initiatives in support for scientific development, notably the Centres of Excellence (LabeX). This will allow to expand the development of research excellence dynamics to other scientific areas and, simultaneously, will reinforce certified excellence poles. Proposals falling directly under the scope of the LabeX should be submitted to them in priority. In the case where they are also submitted to the present call for proposals, LabeX submission status should be specified.

Research areas

The call for proposals concerns fundamental research and applied partner-oriented research alike. It covers all scientific disciplines. Beyond the scientific disciplinary quality of the projects supported, the Paris//Seine Initiative of Excellence aspires to enlighten, via the development of high level academic research, major contemporary social issues which question the relationship between man and technology; the planet; and life in society.

These major issues will be apprehended in their global complexity, by favoring an interdisciplinary approach, mobilizing different disciplines within the major disciplinary fields (SHS, Hard Sciences), and crossing, more broadly, the social sciences and/or the modelling sciences with other disciplinary fields.

In the area of applied research, in the same way as last year, three main application areas have been identified: Economy, Finance and Management; Heritage, Art and Luxury; Risks, Society and Security. Beyond these three areas, all research projects set to fuel the development of knowledge and technology transfer in relation to socio-economic partners of the territory are encouraged. As for applied research projects, portage and joint financing with an outside partner must be provided for.

This call for proposals may be more widely solicited to obtain the co-financing of the various actions mentioned below, in addition to the funding obtained under other external calls. In particular, co-financing requirements for projects submitted under the “Make our planet great again” program will be submitted to this call.