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German-Israeli Water Technology Cooperation Programme

Grants to Israel and International IHEs and Research
Institutes in Eligible Regions 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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03/30/20 23:59 (Local Time) Receipt


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Grants to Israel and International institutions of higher education and research institutes in eligible regions to conduct collaborative water related research studies. Funding is intended to support projects that propose solutions to issues in Israel, its neighboring areas, or Germany. Eligible project areas include water technology to reduce the CO2 footprint of the water sector, economical optimization in the water sector, and water technology to adapt to major impacts of climate change.

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. 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.

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

  • To improve the water situation in Israel and its direct neighbourhood 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:

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:
- An accredited institution of higher education in Israel, according to the Council for Higher Education Act, 1958.
- A Research Institute recognized as such by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF).
- 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.

According to the procedures of the Water Technology Cooperation Program, Israeli scientists who serve as investigators (Principal Investigators (PI’s) or CoInvestigators (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.

Pre-Application Information:

Final date for submission of proposals: March 30 2020 at 23:59 (local time).

The Israeli partner should submit proposals in English by email using the application form to the email address in the Contact section (in "pdf" format duly signed, along with a working copy in "doc" format without signatures). The proposals should reach the email address by the deadline (local Israel time), and will not be accepted under any circumstances after the specified date and hour. Proposers are advised that no human answers will be available after 15:00 of said day.

As technical problems are possible, it is strongly recommended to submit the application well in advance of the application deadline.

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:

The German partner should apply online:

Israeli PI's should send hard copies of their proposals to:
Mr. Avi Anati
Deputy Director General for Planning and Control
Ministry of Science & Technology
"German-Israeli Water Technology Call for Proposals 2019"
Clermont Ganneau St., Begin Government Offices
Building 3, 3rd Floor, Room 309
P.O.B. 49100, Jerusalem 9149002
Tel: 02-5411170/173/800

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: ++49‐721‐608‐92822

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:

Ms. Meira Binyamin
Head of Scientific Assistance for Planning & Control Department
Tel: +972-2-5411170/173/829/800

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

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