In recent years, project-based research has transformed the life of researchers at the EHESS. Although the importance of this type of research varies somewhat between disciplines and research centers, its influence is increasing in all suject areas. For an institution with an international presence, it is an indispensable resource in terms of augmenting research capacity and in providing training.

The research centers of the EHESS and its institutional partners are actively engaged in providing support to researchers and research teams writing funding applications, in bringing together new project teams, facilitating their work and offering guidance, when required.

Alongside maintaining the school’s standards in research excellence and its original research-led teaching programmes, the EHESS is committed to securing national funding from a variety of public insitutions and funding bodies (Mairie de Paris, Conseil Regional, Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Ministries etc.). It also provides active support to researchers and students bidding for international funding from the European Research Commission and other international organizations.

The EHESS has had great success in the non-thematic European funding programmes, namely, the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) awards. It has served as host institution for 8 ERC projects, topping the list of French SSH institutions on these criteria. The EHESS has also been partner to 12 collaborative projects under FP, FP7 and Horizon 2020.

In terms of numbers of resident Research Fellows, the EHESS had hosted 6 Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowships, which makes it one of the primary host institutions in social sciences and humanities for the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions programme. These programme provides generous funding for Research Fellows to gain experience abroad and in the private sector by facilitating international mobility in order for researchers to benefit from training in skills, techniques and disciplines that will be useful for their professional development.

The excellence of the research activities spearheaded by the EHESS was also recognised during the « Investissements d’avenir » French campaign (2010, 2011), in terms of the high number of “Laboratoires d’excellence”, alongside 2 “équipements d’excellence”, which currently include EHESS research units. The EHESS is involved in numerous projects funded by Paris Sciences et Lettres Resaerch University.