The Paris Seine Initiative

Calls for Proposals 2020 – Presentation

The Paris Seine Initiative launches its fourth call for proposals to support excellence in research and international development

Cergy, 14th october 2019 – As part of the Paris Seine Initiative for Excellence, a fourth call for proposals is being launched for the development of research for 2020. It follows the 2017, 2018 and 2019 calls for proposals which supported around hundred research projects amounting to a total of €9.76m.

The 2020 call for proposals aims to support projects from the scientific community of the Paris Seine Initiative (PSI), which spans three institutions, namely the University of Cergy-Pontoise and EISTI (which will merge into CY Cergy Paris University in early 2020) and the ESSEC Business School. It aims to contribute to the development of scientific excellence and its internationalisation and to have a structuring effect on the research strategy of institutions, research teams and researchers.

The scientific quality of the projects and their contribution to excellence and visibility in research will be decisive. Moreover, the call supports original research projects, both at the level of individual researchers and research groups, that seek to explore new research directions or to consolidate existing research expertise, and the strengthening of doctoral and post-doctoral training. One special objective of this fourth call is to support the implementation of ambitious research strategies developed at the level of the Paris Seine research groups with a structuring impact on the activities and visibility of these groups and to attract talented young researchers.

Supported projects are expected to contribute to the development of international scientific collaborations with the strategic partners of the Paris Seine Initiative notably in Europe, with the University of Warwick and more generally the partners of the European University Alliance EUTOPIA (the University of Warwick, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the University of Ljubljana, Pompeu Fabra University and the University of Gothenburg). In Asia, a special partnership has been established in Singapore with Nanyang Technological University. Other partnerships with universities are under development (the University of Mauritius, the University of Western Cape, etc.). Collaborative projects undertaken with these and other international institutions are encouraged.

The fourth call for proposals of the Paris Seine Initiative is structured around four funding programs: 

  1. The Ambition program aims to support medium-term ambitious research programs developed at the level of a research group or research center;
  2. The Talent program aims to support the recruitment of high-profile young researchers;
  3. The Emergence program aims to incubate the development of innovative individualresearch projects in preparation for external research funding;
  4. The International PhD training program aims to improve doctoral training in relationship with international partners, in particular within the EUTOPIA alliance;

Details of the application and online submission will be available from Monday 4th November 2019 via the application platform:

All applications will be evaluated by a committee of international scientific experts and the results will be announced in May 2020.

All documents concerning Paris Seine 2020 call for proposals can be found here, including application material.