France And Chicago Collaborating in The Sciences 

France and Chicago Collaborating in the Sciences (FACCTS)* is designed to enhance science at the University of Chicago by encouraging closer relations between researchers in the Physical Sciences Division (PSD), The Biological Sciences Division (BSD), and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) and high-level research teams and institutions of higher education in France. The FACCTS program accomplishes this goal by providing seed funding for new and potentially fruitful project-based collaborations. Through a partnership with Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, researchers at these two national laboratories are also eligible for FACCTS support, and are encouraged to apply.

Deadlines and Key Dates (2024 Funding Cycle) 

  • October 2, 2023: FACCTS application becomes live
  • November 22, 2023 (at 11:59 pm CST): Deadline for Argonne-based researchers to submit (1-page) pre-proposal
  • December 8, 2023: Responses sent to all Argonne-based researchers who submitted pre-proposals. (Up to five Argonne-based researchers will be invited to submit a full application.)
  • February 5, 2024 (at 11:59 pm CST): Deadline for FACCTS proposals from UChicago, Fermilab, and Argonne National Laboratory applicants
  • May 14, 2024: Notification given to all applicants
  • July 1, 2024: Funds become available to award recipients

FACCTS and Figures

Since the inception of the FACCTS Program in 2008, seed funding totaling over $3,700,000 has been disbursed to support more than 200 different research collaborations undertaken by scientists from Chicago (University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory) and France. Below are highlights and a button to access a search-able spreadsheet with information on all projects supported through the FACCTS program since 2008.

ANL-based awards, total of $682,144

Fermilab-based awards, total of $150,951

Biological Sciences Division awards, total of $1,101,110

Physical Sciences Division awards, total of $1,547,872

The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering awards, total of $232,500

Total Campus-based awards, total of $2,898,982

National Lab-based awards, total of $832,635

All FACCTS awards since 2008, total of $3,731,617

*The FACCTS program is administered and managed by the France Chicago Center (FCC), and is made possible with the generous financial support of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research; the Office of the Provost;The Division of the Biological Sciences; the Division of the Physical Sciences; The Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering; the Office of Science, Innovation, National Laboratories, and Global Initiatives (SING) at the University of Chicago; PSL University; the Office of Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in the United States; Argonne National Laboratory; Fermilab Accelerator National Laboratory; and FCC’s Support Council in the Sciences (Confrères).