Type of Funding
The PAUSE program, a French national program for the urgent aid and reception for scientists in exile, is inviting applications for funding under the 2019 Session 3, to support scientists at risk to continue their work at higher education establishments and public research organizations. The funding is provided to French higher education establishments and research organizations acting as host organisations that commit to the recruitment of scientists at risk and which support their professional and personal integration.
PAUSE is a national project initiated by the French state with support from civil society and economic stakeholders. It aims to facilitate the hosting of scientists from crisis zones for sufficiently long periods to enable them to integrate and to ensure continuity in their research. The PAUSE program will put institutions which are willing to become host institutions in touch with researchers at risk who applied to the program, if they are not directly in contact any researcher who is at risk.
The amount of funding awarded varies according to the status and experience of the beneficiary as well as the existence of a social support system provided by the host institution. Funding provided is as follows:
- Category 1 (doctoral student, research assistant), up to €20,000;
- Category 2 (post-doctoral researcher, lecturer, research engineer), up to €40,000;
- Category 3 (university professor, research director), up to €60,000.
The maximum period of financial support is 1 year. In exceptional circumstances it can be renewed once, subject to a re-evaluation process, based on the progress of the work and the scientific results. Special consideration is given to PhD students enrolled in their first doctoral year at the time of their first applications. They will be able to receive co-financing for a third year, in order to complete their doctorates, after evaluation of their scientific results.
The co-financing grant awarded by PAUSE is capped at 60% of the total budget presented by the host institution. Co-financing of up to 80% of a project’s budget may be possible for institutions submitting several applications per call, as well as on a case-by-case basis depending on the particular situation of the researchers and/or of the institutions.
Candidates submitted by Academic institutions under the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation & Private Higher Education Institutions of General Interest (EESPIG), must be foreign scientists, who can be from any geographical location or scientific discipline, who fulfil the following criteria:
- Able to prove his/her status as an academic or researcher or to be at least register as a doctoral student (in his/her country of origin or in France);
- Are in an emergency situation, due to persecution or abuse because of the contents of his/her research, the free expression of his/her opinions, his/her identity, beliefs or sexual orientation, etc.; or who is the victim of another type of threat (to be specified); and
- Regardless of the present place of residency, is being forced into exile from his/her country of origin; or who has been in France for 3 years or less.
Researchers submitted by the Academic institutions under the Ministry of Culture must:
- Have a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience;
- Be in an urgent situation due to persecution or abuse because of the contents of his/her research, the free expression of his/her opinions, his/her identity, beliefs or sexual orientation, etc.; or who is the victim of another type of threat (to be specified);
- Regardless of the present place of residency, is forced to exile from his/her country of origin; or who has been in France for 3 years or less.
All applicants will be assessed based on:
- the level of urgency and threat;
- the scientific quality of the application; and
- the terms of the support plan for the candidate’s social and professional integration.
Applications are to be submitted by public research organisations and public academic institutions under the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and/or the Ministry of Culture, as well as by Private Higher Education Institutions of General Interest (EESPIG) for the researchers. Applications are to be done online by 2 October 2019.
Researchers can apply directly to the program itself, but their data will be kept and supplied to institutions who wish to volunteer to host at-risk scientists contact PAUSE for information on such scientists that they can sponsor. The profiles of these researchers are available on the Official Website. Those who applied directly will not be considered until their names are submitted to PAUSE by host institutions.