CY Initiative Funded projects


Launched by CY Initiative in November 2019, this call for proposals closed on February 14, 2020 with 49 projects proposed. 21 research projects (7 Ambition projects, 3 Talent projects and 11 Emergence projects) were thus supported for a total of 3.2 million euros.

4 projects with strong scientific potential and international exposure were thus selected in the Ambition programme:
  • Ecology Dependence : Statistique et Ecologie - Professor Paul Doukhan, CY Cergy Paris University 
  • Sequential Monte Carlo Methods in Economics and Finance : Econométrie et statistique - Professor Andreas Fulop, ESSEC
  • Low-Dimensional Materials and Spintronics: Physique expérimentale - Professor Karol Hricovini, CY Cergy Paris University
  • Physical Layer Security for Beyond 5G : Sécurité informatique - Professor Ligong Wang, CNRS
And seed fundings were awarded to the following projects:
3 projects were selected and two confirmed in the Talent programme:
  • Political science:The role of the media in the normalization of Euroscepticism - Professor Cyrille Thiébaut, laboratory AGORA
  • Chemistry: Thermoelectric green energy: from materials design to device integration - Professor Suhao Wang, laboratory LPPI
And 11 projects were supported by the Emergence programme:
  • Landscape for Urban Social Innovation and Design - Elisabeth Auclair, MRTE - Geography, CY Cergy Paris University
  • Human After All? The Labor Share of Entrepreneurial Capital - Professor Laurent Bach, ESSEC Research Center - Finance
  • DYPROEJ2S - Professeur Valérie Becquet, EMA - Sciences de l’éducation, CY Cergy Paris University 
  • Merchants and the Organization of Long-Distance Trade - Professor Giuseppe Berlingieri, ESSEC Research Center - Economic science
  • ICONiC - Angélique Ferry, BIOCIS - Chemistry, CY Cergy Paris University
  • MATISSE - Professor Nadège Germain, BIOCIS - Chemistry, CY Cergy Paris University
  • IA4CEM - Abdelhak Kaci, L2MGC - Civil engineering, CY Cergy Paris University
  • Emergent quantum phenomena far from equilibrium - Professor Dimitry Kovrizhin, LPTM - Theoretical physics, CY Cergy Paris University
  • Prévention et remédiation des difficultés à lire et à écrire - Hélène Labat, PARAGRAPHE - Psychology 
  • Cellular Heterogeneity in controlled microenvironment - Ambroise Lambert, ERRMECE - Biology, CY Cergy Paris University
  • MuSE-MED - Hajer Zghal, ETIS - Computer science
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Following the 2019 call for proposals, 22 research projects were supported under the initiative of excellence.

Post-doctoral contracts
  • Grégory Chaume - Synthesis of Fluorinated Structured Peptidomimetics and their Applications
  • Arsenia Chorti - Non orthogonal multiple access schemes for fifth generation and beyond systems under security and delay constraints
  • Eric Danan - Coarse Collective Choice Problems
  • Nadège Lubin-Germain - HCV fusion peptides modified by constrained amino acids: relationship between structuration and membranotropic properties
  • Marie Kratz - Probabilistic Analysis of Non linear dependence - Applications to Risk Management
  • Sébastien Peralta - Matériaux Hybrides photoStimulables
  • François Pernot – Confronting Historical Trauma, Preventing Structural Violence : The Potentials of Experiential Learning in the Humanities Curricula
  • David Picard - Deep Forgery Detection
  •  Cédric Plesse - 3D ElectroSTIMulable polymeric scaffolds
  • Guy Trambly de Laissardière - Quantum transport in twisted graphene bilayers
Support for Emerging Projects
  • Julie Amiot - Infrastructures of cultural production between France and Latin America, Literature and Cinema
  • Eric Danan - Coarse Collective Choice Problems
  • Christian David - GEOphysical and GEOtechnical impact of Fluid-Rock Interactions For RISK assessment in chalk formations
  • François Dulieu - Wipa to Synergy
  • Marie-Léandre Gomez - Crisis organization of medical emergency in the context of disasters
  • Fabrice Goubard - Plaster mold casting in cultural heritage: From the raw materials to the modern materials and its preservation
  • Srividya Jandhyala - The Price of Regulatory Risk
  • Raphaël Krikorian – Resonances and Renormalization in Quasiperiodic Dynamics
  • Beatriz Menéndez - Sustainable COnservation and REstoration of built cultural heritage
PhD Co-funding
  • Julie Amiot - "Transnational" Generation: representation and reception of dictatorship in Chilean cinema of Democracy (1989-2019)
  • François Dulieu - The Nitrogen enigma in dark interstellar clouds
  • Julien Longhi – The linguistic landscape of hateful discourse online in France and Slovenia
  • Nga Nguyen - Security and Safety of Complex Systems with AltaRica


CY Initiative has decided to support 35 research projects for a total amount of around € 2.5 million. 108 projects were submitted by researchers and laboratories from establishments of the initiative of excellence and the CNRS.

Post-doctoral contracts
  • Thanh-Tuân Bui - Near infrared absorbing multifunctional materials : photovoltaic applications and beyond
  • Olivier Donni - Post-doctoral fellowship in family economics
  • Gustavo Guerrero - MAP LAT (Mapping Latin American Literature 1950-2000)
  • Joachim Andreas Honecker - Transport and magnetic properties of nano-devices beyond graphene
  • Karol Hricovini - Electron and spin dynamics in Dirac materials
  • Dimitris Kotzinos / Fabrice Cavaretta - Analysis and modeling of the social calculation of theories of action: a Big Data approach to the evolution of beliefs among entrepreneurs
  • Alexandre Matzkin - Relativistic quantum weak measurements: fundamental issues and practical applications
  • Marcus Pivato/ Mathieu Martin - Collective decisions in convex spaces
  • Régis Renault - Fair allocation through price and non price mechanisms
  • Karoline Strauss - Managing careers in times of change: The dynamic and adaptive nature of future work selves
  • Olivier Romain - CARING : Caractérisation de l’Activité de peRsonnes âgées par machine learning des images micro-dopp
  • Alessandro Torcini - Control of abnormal synchronization
Doctoral contracts
  • Sophie Cantin - 2D interpenetrating polymer networks : from controlled synthesis to design of chemically heterogeneo
  • Philippe Gaussier - How our brain code and manage spatial information?
  • Fabrice Goubard - Stretchable perovskite solar cells elaboration
  • Sabrina Kellouche-Gaillard - Mise en évidence in situ et modélisation in vitro de traces biologiques
  • Florian Kolbl - SEEING (SytèmE visuEl bIomimétique aNaloGique)
  • Dimitris Kotzinos - Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Big Data Management Systems
  • Maël Le Treust - Strategic Coordination of Autonomous Devices
  • Eva Loecherbach - Limites de grande échelle de systèmes de processus de Hawkes en interactions
  • Julien Longhi - Attribution d’auteurs et comparaison d’écrits : de la linguistique à la criminalistique
  • Eric Monmasson - Design of an accurate digital health monitoring platform of battery packs for stationary application
  • Pauline Souloumiac - Strike-slip earthquakes in sandbox: insight of on- and offdeformation from analog modelling
Visiting lecturer-researchers
  • Pierre-Henri Aubert - Pi-Conjugated Polyrotaxanes Invitation du Professeur Aurica Farcas, "Petru Poni" Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry
  • Emmanuelle de Champs - The cities rise again. Urban recovery and reconstruction in the age of catastrophe, 1900-1939. Invitation du Professeur Pierre Purseigle University of Warwick
  • François-Xavier Machu - Les interactions des espaces de modules avec en perspective leur quantisation.
  • Invitation du Professeur Indranil Biswas, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
Support for Emerging Projects 
  • Philippe Bongrand - Investigating French Home Education
  • Eric Danan - Subjective Representations of Uncertainty
  • Didier Desponds - Des communautés dans la ville : Ancrage, diffusion, territorialisation, mondialisation
  • Francois Dulieu - Water ices in planetary atmospheres
  • Laurence Lescourret - European corporate bond markets: challenges ahead
  • Anne-Marie Petitjean - Écriture créative en formations : enjeux épistémologiques et méthodologie de recherche
  • Alexandre Pierre - Additive Manufacturing For the Future of Construction
  • Elisa Operti - Regional resilience to environmental shocks: a network perspective
  • Camille Simon-Chane - Smart and Portable Multi-Modal Imaging System for Chronic SKin lesion Analysis
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131 projects were submitted, in all disciplinary fields, by researchers and laboratories from CY Initiative establishments. The CY Initiative executive committee of June 12, 2017 decided to financially support 35 research projects as well as the doctoral program "PhD ESSEC", for a total commitment amount of 4.2 M €.

List of projects selected, in alphabetical order of the holder:
  • Hy3B : Hybrid Biomimetic Bone Biomaterials, Michel BOISSIERE et Emmanuel PAUTHE (doctoral contract)
  • Utilisation de Ligands Fluorés pour l’Inhibition de Rotamases (F-LAIR), Thierry BRIGAUD et Grégory CHAUME (post-doctoral contract)
  • Structural properties of non-equilibrium steady states in statistical mechanics : an international collaboration with McGill University, Laurent BRUNEAU, Thierry DAUDE, Armen SHIRIKYAN (co-funded doctoral contract, post-doctoral contract, invited researcher : Vojkan JAKSIC, Mc Gill University, Canada)
  • Detecting breaks in time series econometric models: a new perspective, Visiting, Guillaume CHEVILLON et Jeroen ROMBOUTS (invited researcher: Luc BAUWENS, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium)
  • Statistical physics approach for social problems : modeling multi-group social conflicts, Hung T. DIEP (invited researchers: Sanda KAUFMAN et Miron KAUFMAN, Cleveland State University, USA)
  • Modeling and prediction of financial times series, with application to risk management, Paul DOUKHAN (invited researcher: Konstantinos FOKIANOS, University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
  • Les molécules soufrées dans les régions de formation d'étoiles, François DULIEU (doctoral contract)
  • ...Vers la batterie qui respire !, Odile FICHET (co-funded post-doctoral contract)
  • mmWaves - techniques de transmission efficaces pour les bandes millimétriques, Inbar FIJALKOW (post-doctoral contract)
  • GendSwab : dispositif d’écouvillonnage innovant pour le prélèvement biologique à des fins d’identification génétique, Olivier GALLET (investissement en équipement scientifique et recrutement IGE, en cofinancement)
  • A model for data valuation, Nicolas GLADY (post-doctoral contract)
  • Stretchable perovskite solar cells elaboration, Fabrice GOUBARD (cofunded doctoral contract)
  • Matériaux de construction à Changement de Phase Innovants (MCPInnov), Ronan HEBERT (doctoral contract)
  • International post-doctoral fellowship in mathematics, Emmanuel HEBEY (post-doctoral contract)
  • A theory of international commercial arbitration, Genneviève HELLERINGER, (post-doctoral contract)
  • Vidéocolonoscopy intelligente, Aymeric HISTACE (post-doctoral contract, invited researcher : Jorge BERNAL, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)
  • Electronic and magnetic properties of nano-structures of two-dimensional materials beyond graphene, Joachim HONECKER et Guy TRAMBLY DE LAISSARDIERE (doctoral contract and post-doctoral contract)
  • Ordonnancement en ligne de tâches logicielles et matérielles pour des architectures à base de FPGA support de modèles d’exécution type MPMD (multiple-Program Multiple-Data), Lounis KESSAL (co-funded doctoral contract)
  • Advances in Prescriptive Analytics and Operations Research, Ivana LJUBIC et Laurent ALFANDARI (post-doctoral contract)
  • Retracer les processus de radicalisation par l’analyse outillée de corpus, Julien LONGHI (doctoral contract)
  • RF-NoC cognitif pour les architectures massivement parallèles à mémoires distribuées, Jordane LORANDEL (doctoral contract)
  • Lattice hash functions for secret key generation, Laura LUZZI (doctoral contract)
  • Vivre en ville avec la terreur : quels effets du terrorisme diffus sur les ambiances urbaines ?, Damien MASSON (post-doctoral contract)
  • Managing careers in times of change: The dynamic and adaptive nature of future work selves, Juija MELL et Karoline STRAUSS (post-doctoral contract)
  • Applications distribuées et robustes et cloud mobile dans le domaine des véhicules connectés, Nga NGUYEN et Rachid CHELOUAH 
  • Allocation d’actifs statique et dynamique dans le cadre d’un modèle à changement de régime, Nathalie PICARD (co-funded doctoral contract)
  • Choix social avec des influences sociales et des interactions spatiales, Marcus PIVATO (doctoral contract and post-doctoral contract)
  • Navigation et planification bio-inspirée dans de grands environnements intérieurs avec un robot mobile utilisant la perception 3D, Mathias QUOY (co-funded doctoral contract)
  • Contribution à la réduction du risque sismique dans le Maghreb: apports du paléomagnétisme, du magnétisme structural et de la thermochronologie, Philippe ROBION 
  • Modeling financial variance, Jeoren ROMBOUTS (doctoral contract)
  • Polarisation de l’emploi, Thepthida SOPRASEUTH, (doctoral contract, post-doctoral contract, invited researchers : Michelle RENDALL, Monash University, Australia and t Gustavo GONZAGA, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Exact reduction methods for complex neural networks, Alessandro TORCINI (doctoral contract, post-doctoral contract)
  • Prodrugs for ANtiviRal and AntituMor Activities (PANoRAMA), Jacques UZIEL (post-doctoral contract)
  • Covert communications : from theory to practice, Ligong WANG (cdoctoral contract)
  • Organizational cognition in complex adaptative systems : lessons from cognitive psychology and neuroscience, Maciej WORKIEWICZ (invited researcher : Joshua SKEWE, Aarhus University, Denmark)