Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Boulevard Raspail 54 75006 Paris France

Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme

The Maison des sciences de l’homme Foundation was created by decree on 4 January 1963 following a meeting between a pre-existing association called Maison des sciences de l’homme and the Ford Foundation with the aim of creating a library dedicated to the study of human societies.
The French State undertook with the association to construct a building for the human sciences which would then house the Foundation.


Promoting research in the field of humanities and social sciences, as well as the interactions and possible collaborations between them and other sciences, both on a national and international scale.

Geographic Focus

National (France) and International

Programme Areas

The FMSH invests in the advancement of scientific research at the international level through four main priorities:

International collaborations
Innovative dissemination of knowledge
Digital infrastructures

They take part in projects and networks that transform the landscape of the research in social sciences and humanities, both on a local scale with their partners from COMUE Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, Sorbonne Alliance and Campus Condorcet, and on a national and international scales with major players of the social sciences and humanities research. The FMSH also supports national research facilities and hosts a wide range of networks and associations dedicated to the social sciences and humanities.

They prioritize two areas for action
Support for innovative research : the identfication of emerging themes, the initiation and set up of innovative research operations.

Dissemination of knowledge within the scientific community and headed for citizens, by their digital library, publishing office, diffusion office, and their media production unit.

Their three scopes:
Interdisciplinarity : they initiate, carry, support, and incubate research projects that connect institutions, teams or researchers without any distinction in terms of discipline or territoriality, with the goal to make these inter-institutional projects autonomous in the long run.

Internationalization: they aim to develop scientific cooperation programs with foreign partners as to implement an inbound and outbound mobility policy dedicated to post-doctoral researchers and more experienced researchers of any nationalities.

Digital : As a host and a partner of the two TGIR in Humanities and the national broadcasting platform for higher education, the research & development department of the foundation manages innovative research projects in the field of digital Humanities.

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