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Grants to Israel Individual Investigators
for Cancer Research at Public Institutions

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Grants to Israel individual postdoctoral investigators at eligible institutions for cancer research. Funding may be used for basic or clinical research or for a training program. During the award funding period, the applicant must conduct his or her research in Israel.

In accordance with Israeli governmental policy aimed at encouraging young scientists to return to Israel, the ICRF has partnered with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to develop a joint program to fund outstanding cancer scientists who wish to return to Israel to develop an independent research program. 

Gesher (Grant to Support Homecoming and Research) Awards are intended to support young investigators after their period of postdoctoral training. The awards are made to each sponsoring institution with the understanding that they will support a specific project that will be conducted by a specific, returning postdoctoral scientist who will have a position that enables him/her to establish an independent research program. 

Funds may be requested for clinical or basic research or training, which must relate to cancer and must be conducted in Israel. To clarify, all research must be conducted in an academic institute or public or semi-public research Institute, i.e. universities and hospitals.

Gesher Awards will be given preferentially to those persons who have concluded their doctoral dissertation no less than 2 years, but no more than seven (7) years prior to the date on which the ICRF-MOST award is to begin. 

ICRF-MOST also encourages Gesher applications from M.D.’s who wish to pursue additional investigative work in a laboratory setting to acquire research experience. For more experience, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 159490

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant will be awarded, contingent upon the availability of funds, for three (3) years for a total of NIS 200,000 per year for three years, as follows:

- NIS 100,000 per year to support the applicant's research
- NIS 100,000 per year stipend for living expenses.

Term of Contract:

During the Gesher Award funding period, the applicant must conduct his or her research in Israel. ICRF research support is limited to three (3) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
- Funds for cancer research are available to citizens of Israel, both native-born and those who have settled.
- Applications must be submitted while the applicant is conducting research outside of Israel.
- Candidates must have no more than seven (7) years of postdoctoral experience prior to the award commencement date.
- To be eligible for a Gesher Award, the candidate must have a written commitment from the home (Israeli) institution that he or she will have an independent position upon return. Written commitment for an independent position contingent upon receipt of a Gesher Award is also permissible.

- Funds are not available to visiting scientists. (Proof of Israeli citizenship must be furnished upon request.)
- Researchers employed in the industrial sector do not qualify.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: May 1, 2020

Only one grant application per person will be accepted for each submission deadline.

Grants will be awarded at a ceremony organized by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Space and ICRF.

Contact Information:

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

For any questions or problems, send an E-mail message to:

Ellen Rubin

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