Chemistry professor Jeff Long has been honored with an inaugural 2014 France-Berkeley Fund Award. He received a prize of $2,500 in Berkeley on May 5 at the celebration of the fund’s 20th anniversary. A second award was presented to Professor Frederick Douzet of the Université Paris.
Long was recognized for his “scholarly excellence, substantial contributions to activities sponsored by the France-Berkeley Funds, and profound commitment to advancing research relationships between France and the United States.”
The France-Berkeley Fund was established in 1993 by UC Berkeley and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was designed to support academic visits and collaboration between Berkeley and the French Higher Education and Research system in all academic disciplines. The France-Berkeley Fund Award was established in 2014 to recognize outstanding young participants involved in FBF projects since 2004.
The fund provides seed money for innovative research addressing issues of significance for France and the United States. The first grants were given in 1994, with 11 projects being funded. Since that time, more than 350 grants have been awarded to scholars in fields as diverse as cosmology, bioengineering, international finance and French history.
Long maintains strong ties to scientists in France and has invited many French scientists to visit his lab in Berkeley. He has spent two one-month periods in France as a visiting professor and has traveled extensively there to give invited seminars on his research.