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Grants to Israel Academic Institutions and German Companies, IHEs, and Institutions for Collaborative Water Research Projects

German-Israeli Water Technology Cooperation

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

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #127416

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Grants to Israel academic institutions and research institutes and German companies, IHEs, research institutes, and public institutions to conduct collaborative water-related research studies. Some applicants must submit a proposal prior to submitting the final application. Funding is intended to support projects that propose solutions to water issues in Israel, its neighboring areas, and/or Germany.

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 and Technology (MOST) invite proposals for bilateral R&D projects. The research should be multidisciplinary and be applicable to the needs of the water sector. In addition to scientific partners, projects should preferably include industrial partners as well as related stakeholders. 

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.

Research projects will be carried out in the following research areas:

  • New approaches for asset management of water infrastructure
  • Water reuse and industrial wastewater treatment

The objectives of the German-Israeli Water Technology Cooperation Program are as follows:

  • To improve the water situation in Israel and the surrounding area 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.

For more information on eligible usage of funds, see the following link:

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Israel: Grants can be awarded to applicants from academic institutions, namely:
- An accredited institution of higher education in Israel, according to the Council for Higher Education Act, 1958.
- A Research Institute which is a nonprofit organization.
- 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.

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.

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.

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.

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Pre-Application Information:

Final date for submission of proposals: November 3rd 2022 at 15:00 (local time).

Further submission instructions for Israeli research teams:
Mandatory Pre–submission: The Principal Investigator must pre-submit the proposal in English via the Science Forefront system by October 27th, 2022 at 15:00 local time (Israel). The online system will be closed for pre-submissions after the said date and hour and no pre-submissions will be accepted after that time. Israeli researchers who have not pre-submitted their proposals by October 27th,2022 at 15:00 local time (Israel) will not be allowed to submit their proposal.

Please be advised that as technical problems are possible, and the submission process may take a significant amount of time, it is strongly recommended to fulfil the above steps well in advance of the applications deadlines.

The full-proposal should be written in English. The application should be submitted in both countries, if only one partner organization receives the full-proposal, it will not be considered for funding. The identical proposals should be submitted using a unified application form available at each side's websites.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Typically 3-5 projects are funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The overall BMBF/MOST budget for the Israeli participation in this call for proposals is up to 1,000,000 Euro of which MOST will contribute up to 250,000 Euro, subject to the approval of the State budget and the availability of funds.

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:

The research should be planned for a period not exceeding three years.

Contact Information:

Israeli research teams should submit proposals online:

The German partner should apply online:

Contact 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 administrative matters:

Ms. Shani Edri
Head of Department
Division of International Relations
Tel: +972-2-5411133

On scientific matters:

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

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