Our missions

In the heart of Paris, an institution of note for social sciences and humanities

Founded in 1963 by Fernand Braudel in Paris and chaired by Michel Wieviorka since 2009, the Foundation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) is both a national and international crossroad which contributes to the development, vibrancy and attractivity of social sciences and humanities.

The Foundation creates the essential conditions for scientific research and interdisciplinary dialogue, while initiating dynamics where scientific networks swing into action, and public and private stakeholders cross paths.

Recognized as promoting the public interest, the FMSH invests in the advancement of scientific research at the best international level by developing its actions and services through four main priorities:

  • cutting-edge research
  • international collaborations
  • innovative dissemination of knowledge
  • digital infrastructures

Moreover, it takes part in the major projects and networks that transform shape and structure, at all levels, the landscape of the research in social sciences and humanities.

As a place for scientific innovation, the Foundation therefore attaches a great importance to dissemination of knowledge and share its results with members from every field. It pays special attention to articulating the worlds of research and policy-making, while affirming the independence and the freedom of research.


Two priority areas for action

Support for innovative research : the foundation works towards the identfication of emerging themes, initiates and sets up innovative research operations whose object is determined according to societal burning topics.

Dissemination of knowledge within the scientific community and headed for citizens : with its digital library, publishing office, diffusion office, and its own media production unit, the Foundation plays a crucial role for Humanities dissemination beside the academic community, civil society, along with cultural, political and economic leaders.


Three scopes

Interdisciplinarity :  the Foundation initiates, carries, supports, and incubates research projects that connect institutions, teams or researchers without any distinction in terms of discipline or territoriality. Worn to become autonomous, these inter-institutional projects bring Humanities and social sciences to their highest international level.

Internationalization: the Foundation develops scientific cooperation programs with numerous foreign partners as implements an inbound and outbound mobility policy dedicated to post-doctoral researchers and  more experienced researchers of any nationalities.

Digital : As a host and a partner of the two TGIR in Humanities and the national broadcasting platform for higher education, the Foundation has set up a research & development department in order to manage innovative research projects in digital Humanities.


Three levels for intervention

The Foundation aims to stimulate new dynamics for the Humanities and social sciences, both on a local scale with its partners from COMUE Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, Sorbonne Alliance and Campus Condorcet, and on a national and international scales with the major players of the social sciences and humanities research. The FMSH also supports national research facilities and hosts a wide range of networks and associations dedicated to the social sciences and humanities.

Local scale: the Foundation is progressively strenghthening its cooperation with the partners of the COMUe, of the Campus Condorcet and of Sorbonne Alliances.

National scale: the Foundation provides ongoing supports to national research facilities (Huma-Num, Progedo, RnMSH) and to broadcasting platforms (Canal-U, Numédif)

International scale: the Foundation develops scientific cooperation programs and implements an inbound and outbound mobility policy





Activity report

Looking back at 2019
Back on the milestones of the year 2019 !