[Closed] Call for projects | Ecological Transition and Social Justice

New Deadline: June 26th, 2020

The Research and Prospective Pole of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH), supports the creation of projects dedicated to innovative themes in the humanities and social sciences (SHS).

This call for projects is a new 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.

From this perspective, the Research and Prospective pole also offers laureates technical support so that, at the end of the period, they can set up larger projects, particularly with the ANR or major European research programs.


Theme: Ecological Transition and Social Justice

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 form

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).

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


Application procedure

Applicants will be required to submit an online application form:

  1. Reach the http://projets.msh-paris.fr platform, and enter Project workspace;
  2. You have to be registered on the online platform in order to use it. If you haven’t created an account yet, you will be asked to.
  3. Create your profile by filling Project manager contact information and then enter Create a project;
  4. Select: Soutien aux projets scientifiques – appel 2020;
  5. Fill all the information tabs on your project;
  6. Then precise the team coordinator and the team members;
  7. At the bottom of the project page, download as a digital pdf or zip file called Appel à projets 2020 – thématique, your application form that must includes
    • 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.
  8. You can save your application and complete it later or submit it definitely.

For any information on the platform or in case of you meet difficulties to use it, please contact fadili@msh-paris.fr


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 26 June 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 projets-rp@msh-paris.fr or call +33 (0) 1 40 48 65 39 (after the confinement period). 



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