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The Princeton University and University of Geneva Collaborative Grants program is designed to provide “seed-corn” support for interactions between researchers at both institutions to build the basis for new research and teaching initiatives and proposals for external funding, to help sustain and expand collaborative activity.

Call for Proposals

Each university will provide its own lead investigator with an equivalent amount of funds that can be spent over the course of the grant period on travel, accommodations, workshops, facilities use and other expenses related to meetings or the preparation of external funding proposals, as specified at the time of the proposal.

Grants will be awarded according to a two-tier structure. Tier 1 seed grants will be awarded in the amount of US $10,000 for up to two years. Tier 2 grants can be awarded for exceptional projects in amounts up to US $90,000 over a three-year period.

The Princeton-UNIGE Collaborative Grants will be utilizing a new online platform.  Please click here to view further details about the call and the application.

Please direct any questions to Anastasia Vrachnos, Vice Provost of International Affairs and Operations.



Alexander Todorov,  Princeton University, Department of Psychology, and Daniel Schechter, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève. Perception of faces of mothers with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to interpersonal violence.

Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University, History Department, and Barbara Moser-Mercer, University of Geneva, InZone. Learning History in Emergency Zone.

Cyrus Schayegh, Princeton University, Near Eastern Studies, and Sandrine Kott, University of Geneva, History Department. Exploring Eastern Europe/Russia – Middle Eastern relations, late 19th to late 20th centuries.

Michael Strauss, Princeton University, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, and Jean Coupon, Stéphane Paltani, University of Geneva, Department of Astronomy. The link between supermassive black hole activity and star formation.



Jean E. Schwarzbauer  Princeton University, Molecular Biology and Bernhard Wehrle-Haller Cell Physiology and Metabolism; Medical School, Centre Médical Universitaire. The metabolic control of tissue integrity and function in health and disease.

Jean E. Schwarzbauer  Princeton University, Molecular Biology and Argyrios Chronopoulos/Gabriele Thumann University Eye Clinic, HUG, Geneva. Geneva/Princeton Collaborative Seed Grant Proposal.

Nicholas Turk-Browne Princeton University, Department of Psychology and Daphne Bavelier Faculté de Psychologie et Sciences de l’Education. Exploring links between statistical learning abilities and attention.


Seed grants:
Emmanuel Abbe, Princeton University, Department of Electrical Engineering and Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, and Svyatoslav Voloshynovskiy, University of Geneva, Department of Computer Science. Small Codes For Large Systems: Information-theoretic Privacy Preserving Content Identification.
Michael Aizenman, Princeton University, Departments of Physics and Mathematics, and Hugo Duminil-Copin, University of Geneva, Department of Mathematics. Mathematical Study of the Ising Model in Three and Four Dimensions.
Nolan McCarty, Princeton University, Department of Politics; the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Jonas Pontusson, University of Geneva, Department of Political Science and International Relations. Democratic Responsiveness and Redistributive Politics.
Alexander Todorov, Princeton University, The Neuroscience Institute, and Daniel Schechter, University of Geneva, Department of Psychiatry. Application of Validated Facial Avatar Paradigm to Study of Violence-exposed Mothers With PTSD.
Three-year grants:
Yuhu Zhai, Princeton University, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and Carmine Senatore, University of Geneva, Department of Condensed Matter Physics. Enhanced Superconducting Wires for Fusion Applications.