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Office: 190 avenue de France, 75013 Paris - FRANCE

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The RFIEA supports the development of the French IAS through the mission tasks defined in its statutes, its agreement on objectives and the priorities defined by its Board of Trustees. It undertakes the following tasks:


• institutional dialogue and visibility
• co-financing of IAS activities
• communication and promotion of the IAS
• international influence of the IAS


Apart from supporting the development of the IAS, the mission tasks of the RFIEA as defined in the agreement on objectives are to:


• promote scientific interaction in order to build up excellence in humanities and social science research in France, and work towards the emergence of new and original intellectual interconnections and the opening up of new research perspectives

• prepare new generations of French scientists for research conditions at the international level by furthering their involvement in interdisciplinary exchanges with eminent foreign researchers

• contribute to the design of evaluation tools for the benefit of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly of the institutes for advanced study.


The objectives of the Foundation are defined as follows:



The RFIEA acts as an intermediary for all of the Institutes in negotiating a number of legal arrangements and preferential conditions. For example, it negotiates the conditions for the secondment of university staff and for the transfer of researchers to the benefit of the Institutes. It negotiates the terms of the specific social and fiscal status of Fellows in the fields of the humanities and social sciences. The RFIEA tries to utilise the possibilities of co-ordination with its institutional partners in French research — the National Research Agency (ANR), the Association of University Presidents (CPU), the Higher Education and Research Evaluation Agency (AERES), and the National Network of Humanities and Social Science Research Institutes (RNMSH) — to the greatest advantage, and to contribute to thinking on the prospects for structural change in humanities and social science research.



The RFIEA intends to play an active role in obtaining the financial support required for developing the Institutes. The RFIEA’s consolidated budget is expected to reach €3 million in 2009 and to increase to €9 million in 2011. There are therefore considerable additional financial requirements. In addition to spending out of its initial patrimonial grant, the RFIEA obtains financial revenue by benefiting from the investment of its patrimony. It also tries to generate financial resources by taking advantage of its status as a foundation for scientific co-operation officially recognised as serving the public interest. The resources obtained by the RFIEA on the basis of the work programme(s) of the Institutes will be wholly redistributed among them, and the Foundation will allocate other resources generated to the funding of crosscutting initiatives. At the end of the present phase of administrative, real estate and scientific organisation, gaining financial support (whether private or institutional, French or foreign) will depend on the links and partnerships that can be forged through the institutes’ Fellowship policies (chairs, geographical priorities, subject matters). Two multi-annual agreements have firstly been negotiated, with the French national electricity company (EDF) for the benefit of the IEA-Paris, and with the French banking group Crédit du Nord.



The RFIEA co-ordinates the Fellows policies of the four Institutes by facilitating the circulation of information, by assisting the mobility of Fellows within the Network whenever necessary, and by helping to implement operations involving several Institutes. Particular attention is given to post-doctorate researchers, with joint information campaigns and cross-references on the Internet portals of the Institutes. The Scientific Advisory Board of the RFIEA plays an important role in identifying collaborative and innovative crosscutting themes that may usefully complement the Institutes’ activities. These crosscutting themes, along with suggestions from the Institutes themselves, may provide starting points for organising an international conference, a summer school or seminars.



The RFIEA also aims to bring national and international visibility to the work being done in the Institutes. RFIEA’s bilingual Internet site is an international portal to the Network’s activities. This dynamic site, which is presently being set up, will be a truly virtual institute where the themes and networks of guest researchers and host institutions can interact. The site will be of interest to both the researcher community and a wider public. Collaboration on this is envisaged with the ADONIS Very Large Equipment (TGE) project of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and there will be further collaboration on a technological platform for digitising the archives of the Institutes, for publishing, and for unified access to humanities and social science data available in France. In co-operation with each Institute, the RFIEA intends to utilise the presence of guest Fellows in the four IAS to best advantage, and to give media coverage to this by developing appropriate partnerships with various media (publishing, general-interest and specialised press, radio, television and Internet).



The RFIEA is undertaking a truly fundamental task in the area of evaluation. The notion of evaluation will be developed on two complementary levels: on the one hand, evaluation of the work of its constituent IAS, and on the other, a wider evaluation of research activities in the field of the humanities and social sciences. In June 2008, the RFIEA organised an international seminar in Nantes to bring together a number of researchers who are evaluation specialists in their particular disciplinary areas. This first event will be followed by two in-depth seminars to be held in Marseille in January 2009 and in Paris in April 2009. This important issue has been referred to the Scientific Advisory Board as a question of priority. At the end of 2009, these deliberations will lead to the development of appropriate indicators for the implementation of an evaluation policy in collaboration with the Higher Education and Research Evaluation Agency (AERES).

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The RFIEA was designed as a truly thematic network for advanced research, and its innovative structure is based on its five founding members, all of which are key actors in humanities and social science research in France. Each of the four sites has selected an institutional carrier for the project on behalf of the various scientific partners in the local and regional scientific community that are linked to the IAS project:


• the National Centre for Scientific Research

• For Lyon : École normale supérieure de Lyon

• For Marseille : University of Provence

• For Nantes : MSH-Ange Guépin

• For Paris : Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme






The RFIEA is a new actor in the rapidly changing landscape of French humanities and social science research.It offers the possibility of institutional dialogue with the major French actors in this area. In order to develop the potential of the high-level international Fellowship positions offered by the institutes for advanced study and put them definitively on the map of the humanities and social sciences in France, the RFIEA participates in efforts to organise and internationalise French research. It maintains close institutional ties with the following bodies:


Ministry of Higher Education and Research

Association of University Presidents

National Network of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Institutes

National Research Agency

Higher Education and Research Evaluation Agency

Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs






With the invitation of about a hundred leading international researchers per year since 2011, the RFIEA will become the hub of international initiatives in the humanities and social sciences in France; it is presently developing partnerships with many international bodies, the most important among which are:



European Commission

NETIAS — Network of European Institutes for Advanced Study

SSRC — Social Science Research Council

CHCI — Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes

AUF — Agence universitaire de la francophonie, an international association fostering solidarity and excellence in the Francophone university community


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The special status of foundation for scientific co-operation was created by a Research Act of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. This status was intended to apply particularly to thematic networks for advanced study such as the RFIEA.


A foundation for scientific co-operation is a non-profit legal entity under private law that is treated as being equivalent to a foundation recognised as serving the public interest. RFIEA's status as a foundation for scientific co-operation was approved by decree on 7 March 2007. Because the Foundation benefits from the terms of the Act of 23 July 1987 on the promotion of patronage, donors can claim a tax reduction equal to 60% of their donation, whether they are companies or individuals.



A lasting commitment: a capital contribution

A (non-consumable) capital contribution will never be spent: only the interest that it generates will be used for running the Foundation. The donor's name will be associated with targeted events, or with all the activities of the foundation. It will therefore appear on all relevant communication materials. Depending on the amount of the contribution, the donor may join the Board of Trustees.


Temporary collaboration: targeted support

Donors may choose to grant an amount to the RFIEA and specify what it is to be used for. For example, through the Foundation for scientific co-operation, they may select to support one IAS in particular, or cross-cutting research programmes, or perhaps the Foundation’s activities to promote the Network. This form of support, which may be intermittent or else be continued over several years, will be mentioned in all related communication materials and events.



For companies

Donations give the right to a tax reduction (corporation tax or income tax) of 60% of the amount donated, within a limit of 5 per thousand of turnover [article 238 bis 1-a General Tax Code (CGI)]. If the limit of 0.5% is exceeded, or if the company shows a loss for the financial year in question, it may carry the remaining amount over to the 5 financial years following the payment.


For individuals

The Aillagon Act authorises a deduction of taxable income amounting to 60% of the donation, up to a limit of 20% of income. Above 20%, the balance may be carried forward over the 5 years following the payment. Donors who are liable for the solidarity tax on wealth (ISF) may deduct up to 75% of their donation, up to a limit of 50000€ per year (Act No. 2007-1223 of 21 August 2007 promoting labour, employment and purchasing power [J.O. (Journal officiel) of 22 August 2007], article 885-0 V bis A, new CGI Donations by heirs of an inheritance are fully exempted from inheritance tax.


The Foundation presently receives support from

EDF     and   Crédit du Nord

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