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Scientific and material support to research projects FMSH, 2020

Appui scientifique et matériel à des projets de recherche Fondation maison des sciences de l'homme (FMSH, 2020)

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Published on Friday, April 10, 2020


The Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) is launching a call for projects dedicated to innovative themes in the humanities and social sciences (SHS): Digital HumanitiesPhilanthropy and EducationEcological Transition and Social Justice. This call for projects is a feature of one of the main missions of the FMSH, which is to provide scientific and material support to research projects that are in the early stages of their development and can use the support of the FMSH to develop further their scientific content, methodology, and research networks.



Digital Humanities

As part of its Research & Prospective Pole, the Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme is launching a call for projects around the Digital Humanities. Projects must be innovative and focused primarily on data science and artificial intelligence for the arts, social sciences and humanities (SHS).

Projects must include research and development activities, aimed at deepening the processing of SHS data by adapting and/or improving existing processes, within operational and functional approaches.

The results of the work should lead to the development of applications that can enrich the library of tools for automatic processing of textual data, text mining, which constitute the majority of scientific production. The results of the projects should also relate to the constitution of corpus and well-adapted datasets, for analysis processes such as machine learning.

The objectives of the projects could be built around:

  • Production of scientific content
  • Generation of intelligent interfaces based on recommendation systems
  • Promotion of knowledge in the field of SHS
  • Securing and certifying data based on Blockchain
  • Production of indicators
  • Data-driven governance


Two projects will be selected by theme.

Please note, projects and researchers already benefitting from the support of the FMSH cannot apply for this call. Projects selected in previous years cannot again benefit from this support.

Philanthropy and Education 

At a time when education is increasingly recognized as an essential motor of economic growth and part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, when knowledge societies demand new skills, the context in which education systems evolve remains precarious in many places around the world. At the same time, the number and variety of philanthropic organizations continue to grow around the world, and their role in the development of education becomes more and more important. Given this situation, it is urgent to improve scientific knowledge of their actions in this area.

This call for projects therefore aims to highlight the role of global philanthropy and the complementary function that philanthropic institutions play in the creation, structuring and distribution of one of the public goods on which their action is exercised, namely education. Education is understood here in the broad sense, from primary and secondary education to higher education and continuing education, and taking into account the various forms of knowledge transmission (face-to-face / distance).

The projects may address any or all the questions relating to the theme, including but not limited to issues of an ethical (equity, responsibility, neutrality), (geo)political, economic, cultural or geographic nature. By favoring a multidisciplinary approach in the social sciences, the projects submitted may in particular draw on various fields and scales of analysis (global approach to the phenomenon, philanthropy in one or more countries of the Global South, philanthropy in the North, among others) and highlight new observable trends. For example, it should be noted that university education is attracting more and more financial support, both from individuals, companies, and foundations, on a global scale, or that the development of online education and digital teaching platforms brings new perspectives and highlights renewed issues for private funds. 


Two projects will be selected by theme.

Please note, projects and researchers already benefitting from the support of the FMSH cannot apply for this call. Projects selected in previous years cannot again benefit from this support.

Ecological Transition and Social Justic

The current environmental crisis represents an unprecedented challenge and calls for major changes in all political, economic, and social behaviors, both individual and collective. Despite the social and political awareness of the need and urgency for a transition, and despite advances in research and technology on sustainability, the expected results are long overdue. This is partly due to the fact that there is not a sufficiently detailed and operational understanding of how transitions of this magnitude can be carried out. It is also due to the absence of an overall project which engages citizens to act collectively in favor of sustainability for the profound transformation of society and behavior.

The environmental transition, which implies the invention of new operating models to support and complement technical developments, then only seems possible if it is fair and perceived as such. The relationship between environmental issues and social justice challenges, raised by the Brundtland Commission 30 years ago, deserves to be put back at the center of discussions on sustainability and transition.

This call is intended for projects which, from a transdisciplinary, open and operational perspective, examine in a theoretical and/or practical manner how to ensure a legitimate and socially just environmental transition. Proposals focused on the methodological challenges of the integration of these social and environmental issues, in that they encourage better articulation of their respective sciences (social and environmental), are also welcome.

This call is being carried out in partnership with the University of Paris Est Créteil and its School of Socio-Environmental Studies of Greater Paris.


Two projects will be selected by theme.

Please note, projects and researchers already benefitting from the support of the FMSH cannot apply for this call. Projects selected in previous years cannot again benefit from this support.

Eligibility criteria

A specific scientific committee will analyse and proceed to a selection of applications regarding the following criteria:

  • The collaborative dimension, with small team of 3 to 6 person (among which the project coordinator is a statutory member of a research or higher education French or based in France institution; the others members can be doctoral student, post-doctoral or researcher without affiliation), recently formed around one of the two themes in question and likely to constitute larger research network.
  • The originality of the research question and the approach with a special attention to interdisciplinary and international projects.

Financial and practical details

  • The project is finance for two consecutive years by a total of €20 000 (€10 000 each year);
  • The support concern the different expenses link to the project activities (travel, accommodation, restoration, events logistic expenses…), except wages and personnel costs;
  • A contract will be drawn up between the FMSH and the institution of the project coordinator.

Application procedure

Application form content:

  • A detail description of the project (10 pages max) including the problematic, the methodology and the project objectives;
  • A detail and up-to-date Curriculum vitae of the coordinator and team members;
  • A bibliography linked to the project;
  • An estimated budget and a precise calendar (beginning of the project expected January 2021).

Applicants will be required to submit an online application form.

Incomplete application forms or applications that do not match the above description will not be taken into account.

Recipient obligations

A progress report must be submitted at the end of the first year. The teams also commit to provide a final report, which may be published as a Working Paper, an article, or a book;

Regarding communication:

  • The FMSH logo must be on all communication documents
  • The financial support of the FMSH must be stipulated in every oral or written communication (programmes, posters, documents for the participants, articles).

Call deadline and calendar

Applicants are invited to submit their projetcts by midnight on 29 May 2020.

The results will be communicated to the candidates by mid-July 2020 (depending on the evolution of the current public health crisis and confinement). 

For any any information regarding this call for projects, contact the email address or call +33 (0) 1 40 48 65 39 (after the confinement period). 


  • 54, boulevard Raspail
    Paris, France (75)


  • Friday, May 29, 2020


  • digital, échange, interaction, bibliothèque numérique,éducation, humanitaire, philanthropie, philanthropique, changement climatique, environnement, justice écologique, justice sociale


  • Gilles Desfeux
    courriel : communication [at] msh-paris [dot] fr

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  • Gilles Desfeux
    courriel : communication [at] msh-paris [dot] fr


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