The PAUSE (Programme national d’aide à l’Accueil en Urgence des Scientifiques en Exil) program, established on January 16, 2017, awards stimulus funding to higher education establishments and public research organizations planning to host scientists at risk, and supports their activities.

Geopolitical crises are proliferating worldwide, impacting on the academic freedom of many researchers, and sometimes placing their lives and those of their families in danger. This situation calls for a strong response from open, democratic societies. France, unlike other major democracies (the United States, United Kingdom and Germany) had no mechanism in place to provide assistance to scientists under threat.

The PAUSE program, which was announced in October 2016 by the French Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research at the seminar “Migrations, Refugees, Exile” at the Collège de France, is an ambitious national project initiated by the French state with support from civil society and economic stakeholders. Its mission is to facilitate the hosting of scientists in crisis situations for sufficiently long periods to enable them to integrate and to ensure continuity in their research. PAUSE is supported by a committed and illustrious Sponsorship Committee co-chaired by Alain Prochiantz, Director of the Collège de France, and Edith Heard, a Professor at the Collège de France.

The national PAUSE program, which was officially launched on January 16, 2017 with the signature of an agreement by the Ministry for Education, Higher Education and Research, the Collège de France and the Chancellery of Parisian Universities, brings together major institutions in the higher education and research community (CPU, CDEFI, CNRS, INSERM, INRA, INRIA, CNOUS), the French Ministry of the Interior, and Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs.

Following an evaluation process, the program provides stimulus funding to French higher education establishments and research organizations which commit to recruiting scientists at risk and supporting their professional and personal integration.

Looking beyond our ethical duty to respond to often very serious individual circumstances, solidarity with scientists from abroad in crisis situations provides a major intellectual resource which is of benefit to the academic and scientific research community and to society as a whole.

The PAUSE program aims to expand with the help of a number of private and public partnerships. In order to facilitate this, a subscription fund for the program has been set up at the Fondation de France.

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