Research into slavery and its legacies is essential for the production of knowledge about worldwide history that concerns millions of people.
The Foundation wants to connect research on slavery and its legacies with civic and social action. The action is also intended to lead to bridges between territories inside and outside Europe, especially overseas universities.
Support for research makes it possible to accompany the progress of knowledge of slavery and the slave trade, to enrich and renew what is taught in schools, and finally, to support sharing it with the general public, especially through new technologies (video, info-graphics, podcasts, and more).
The Foundation has ties to the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), which serves on the Board of Directors’ College of Institutional Partners. It brings together French and foreign researchers within its multidisciplinary Academic Board. It builds relationships with research teams and centres working on slavery and its legacies in all disciplines.
It supports young researchers through aid programmes, translations, publications and dissemination to the public in all its forms. The annual thesis prize is one example of this. The support system for researchers also takes the form of an annual call for projectsLe dispositif de soutien aux chercheurs se matérialise aussi sous forme d’un appel annuel à projets.
Finally, organizing and participating in scientific events, and involving academics in the production of digital content (like the "3-minute thesis") for the Foundation's portal (currently under construction), are all ways of encouraging the broadest possible distribution of knowledge produced by the research we support.
The Academic Board is responsible for maintaining this policy.