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German‐Israeli Water Technology Cooperation Program

Grants to Israel and Germany IHEs, Nonprofits,
and Agencies for Joint Water Research Projects

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Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST) and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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06/27/18 23:59 (Local Time) Receipt


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Grants to Israel and Germany IHEs and nonprofit or governmental research institutions to support cooperative research and development activities. Research must address solutions to water challenges in Israel, the surrounding region, or Germany. Research must be multidisciplinary and applicable to the needs of the water sector. In addition to scientific partners, projects should preferably include industrial partners as well as related stakeholders.

Objectives of Funding:

Within the framework of the German‐Israeli cooperation in Water Technology Research, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST) invite proposals for bilateral R&D projects.

Qualifying scientific applicants in this framework may receive R&D grants, respectively, from BMBF and MOST according to the applicable national funding procedures and regulations.

Legal Framework:

Projects can be funded under the terms of this call and of the agreements concluded between BMBF and MOST. In this respect, the general regulations for funding, including the consideration of intellectual property rights formulated by the Ministries for all BMBF‐MOST research co‐operations, will be applied also to this field. In addition, for the German partners to be funded under this call, the standard BMBF‐guidelines for grant applications on expenditure or cost basis, respectively, must be followed in addition to the general regulations. Submitting a proposal does not automatically entitle applicants to a grant. Rather, grants will be awarded to proposals selected after the parties to this call have assessed the proposals according to the criteria.

This call is subject to cancellation in the event of unforeseen budgetary constraints.

For Israeli Researchers:

A researcher who intends a sabbatical leave in the first year of the project cannot be approved as a principal investigator (PI) of the research proposal. A PI who intends a vacation or absence of more than three months should request permission from MOST in advance (through the relevant R&D Authority). A substitute to the PI will not be approved in the course of the first year.

Subject of Research:

Research projects will be carried out in the following research areas:
-Sustainable technologies for remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater
-Novel sensors and data management for water resources systems (water systems safety / improved water production / agricultural productivity)

Each submitted research proposal needs to indicate specifically to which of the above research areas it is related.

The objectives of the German‐Israeli Water Technology Cooperation Program are as follows:
-To improve the water situation in Israel and its direct neighborhood and/or Germany. Transferability of the results to comparable regions should preferably be ensured.
-To facilitate access to new markets for Israeli and German enterprises in the water and environmental sector.
-To support and strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the water sector as well as cooperation between science and industry.

Each submitted research proposal needs to indicate how it addresses the above mentioned objectives of the German‐Israeli Water Technology Cooperation. In particular, the proposals need to specify the interaction between German and Israeli research groups (e.g. using a block diagram or PERT network diagram) and how integration will be managed and maintained during the project (e.g. governance structure, joint workshops).

Priority will be given to projects based on novel ideas and potential industrial applicability. It is recommended that working groups include academic partners, industrial partners and end users.

Regional Cooperation:

Israeli partners may include researchers from neighboring states and areas in their proposed research teams if the relevance of the expected project results may be increased thereby.

In Israel:

Eligible institutions in Israel may receive grants covering up to 100% of the additional, eligible, research‐oriented expenses incurred by the project, which may be used for the following purposes:

(1) Stipend or salary for PhD students, post‐doctoral fellows, technicians and/or laboratory workers (i.e. a temporary position up to 2 years) retained specifically for the purpose of the project, not including salaries for permanent staff and PI's;

(2) Consumables. In case they exceed 750 Euro, a detailed explanation regarding their necessity and quantities is required;

(3) Small scale equipment which is only needed for the specific research project. MOST will enable purchase of computers or laptops only in special cases in which they are part of the research project or are of unique capacities needed for the specific research;

(4) Travel and visiting costs;

(5) Joint seminars and workshops.

In Germany:

Funds for German partners will be awarded as non‐repayable project grants. The grants can be spent to cover the cost of staff, materials, and equipment. No funding can be provided for building investments.

Grants for universities, research and science institutions and similar institutions are calculated on the basis of the eligible project‐related expenditure.

Grants for German commercial companies are calculated on the basis of the project‐ related costs eligible for funding, up to 50% of which can as a rule be covered by grants, depending on the project's nearness to application. In the case of collaborative research projects, the European Union's Community Framework allows differentiated rules on extra percentage points for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which may result in a higher rate of funding.

Evaluation and Selection:

Evaluation of the project proposals will be based on the following criteria:
-Relevance to the topics and objectives as mentioned above
-Originality and novelty
-The soundness and scientific quality of the proposed approach
-The adequacy of the facilities
-The capability of the investigator(s) to carry out the proposed research
-Added value for the German‐Israeli cooperation
-Potential applicability for industrial partners, stakeholders, problem owners and end users

Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP):

Young scientists are encouraged to participate in the exchange program that was initiated by BMBF and MOST in the framework of the German‐Israeli Water Technology Cooperation Program. This is an open call for young Israeli and German scientists for a training period in the partner country for up to 6 months, but not less than 1 month. Funding will be provided to cover all necessary expenses of the applicant’s visit abroad, according to the provisions of the YSEP.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127416

Number of Grants:

Out of the total budget, typically 3-5 projects will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The proposed project must be prepared and carried out jointly by the Israeli and the German project partners. For this purpose, BMBF and MOST will consider providing a grant that covers the travel expenses for one short visit of one of the potential research partners to either Israel or Germany, for the purpose of preparing the joint proposal. Such grants will not exceed 1,500 Euro.

Term of Contract:

It is the intention of the parties issuing this call to fund research proposals selected hereunder for the three‐year duration of the project. However MOST funding must be approved on an annual basis, with the funding for the second and third years to be approved in accordance with the provisions of the research contract. The parties to this call reserve the right not to fund a second or third year of work for scientific‐professional, administrative or budgetary reasons.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Israel: Grants can be awarded to applicants from academic institutions, namely:

i. An accredited institution of higher education in Israel, according to the Council for Higher Education Act, 1958.

ii. A Research Institute recognized as such by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF).

iii. A Research Institute which is a nonprofit organization.

iv. A Research Institute which is a government company or a governmental unit.

For the purposes of this call, a "Research Institute" means a research institute which a significant portion of its activity is the advancement of cutting‐edge scientific knowledge, which possesses appropriate infrastructure and equipment, and which employs researchers who, inter alia, publish articles related to their research in leading scientific journals in the world, and who present their research at international symposia.

Israeli industry partners are encouraged to participate in research projects at their own cost but are not eligible to apply for grants.

According to the procedures of the Water Technology Cooperation Program, Israeli scientists who serve as investigators (Principal Investigators (PI’s) or Co‐Investigators (CI’s)) in ongoing projects within this program, will not be funded in an additional project within the frame of this call, either as PI or CI, until their ongoing project is finished. In such a case, the results achieved in their ongoing projects shall be attached to the new proposals and will be used to evaluate their abilities to accomplish the tasks and achieve the goals of their new proposals.

Germany: Research proposals may be submitted by German‐based commercial companies, institutions of higher education, non‐university research establishments as well as public institutions at municipal, state or federal level. The participation of small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) is expressly welcome.

For Both German and Israeli Applicants:

The application must include a research plan in one of the areas of research specified in this call, which will be carried out in Israel by at least one senior researcher who is a permanent employee of the applying institution or on track for tenure in the applying institution.

The project proposals must include a detailed description of the joint work‐plan as well as a calculation and justification of the budget, for both the Israeli and German teams.

Pre-Application Information:

The overall BMBF/MOST budget for the Israeli participation in this call for proposals is up to EURO 1,000,000 of which MOST will contribute up to EURO 250,000.

Grants for German commercial companies are calculated on the basis of the project‐related costs eligible for funding, up to 50% of which can as a rule be covered by grants, depending on the project's nearness to application. In the case of collaborative research projects, the European Union's Community Framework allows differentiated rules on extra percentage points for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which may result in a higher rate of funding.

Potential research partners interested in such a travel grant may submit their informal request by e‐mail to the relevant contacts in Germany or Israel.

The final date for submission of proposals is June 27th, 2018 at 23:59 (local time).

Israeli PI's should submit proposals in English by email. The proposals should arrive by Wednesday, June 27th 2018 at 23:59 (local Israel time), and will not be accepted under any circumstances after the specified date and hour. Proposers are hereby advised that no human answers will be available after 15:30 of the said day.

In addition, Israeli PI's should send also two hard copies of their proposals by Wednesday, July 2nd, 2018.

A valid project application consists of the application form duly filled in and signed, together with all the necessary application documents required from each side of a joint research team, submitted respectively to the Project Management Agency in Germany and to MOST in Israel. If the applications are not duly received both in Germany and in Israel by the date and hour indicated above, the project will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Israeli PI's should submit proposals to:

For additional information contact the following local offices:

In Germany on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF):

Dr. Leif Wolf
Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Hermann‐von‐Helmholtz‐Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein‐Leopoldshafen
Tel.: ++49‐721‐608‐28224
Fax: ++49‐721‐608‐928224

In Israel:

On scientific matters:

Dr. Moshe Ben Sasson, Scientific Director
Water, Agriculture and Environment
Tel: ++972‐2‐5411134
Mobile: ++972‐5‐05859530

On administrative matters:

Mr. Avi Anati, Deputy Director
General for Planning & Control
Tel : 02‐5411170/173/800

Ms. Shani Edri, Head Department
Division for International Relations
Tel : 02‐5411133

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