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Fellowships to Israel and UK Early-Career Scientists for Research Collaboration in Various Fields

UK-Israel Science Fellowship

British Council

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #160413

Grant Description

Fellowships of up to £12,600 to Israel and UK PhD students, post-docs and other qualified investigators at higher education or research institutions for academic collaboration in scientific research. Priority research areas are water science, agri science, anti-microbial resistance, neuroscience, cyber research, and nano science. Funding is intended for a researcher from Israel to do a fellowship in the UK or vice versa.

Preference will be given for new collaborations although individuals involved in existing cooperation will be considered.

The scheme supports mobility of research scientists in Britain and Israel. It invests in early stage collaboration between researchers, including PhD and postdoctoral students. In the long run this research will tackle some of the most pressing global challenges and establish Britain and Israel as leading partners in the priority areas set above.

The objectives of the Fellowship Scheme are:
- To deepen connections between the UK and Israel and promote joint UK-Israeli scientific excellence
- To offer an opportunity for early career researchers.
- To seed / cement partnerships

The UK-Israel Science Lectureships are available in the following priority themes:
- Nanoscience: research related to nano technologies and materials, including (but not limited to) medicine, toxicology, particles, electronics, metrology, molecular and green technology.
- Neuroscience: research related to neurosciences, including (but not limited to) physiology, anatomy, pharmacology, cognitive, computational, engineering, imaging and physics.
- Agri science: research related to agri science including (but not limited to) biotechnology, agronomy, soil-sciences, genetics and chemistry.
- Water science: research related to water science including (but not limited to) irrigation, pollutants, hydrology, purification, groundwater, sanitation, wastewater treatment and climate change adaptation as it pertains to water resources.
- Cyber: research related to cyber technologies (not policy), including (but not limited to) computer science, engineering, algorithms, information security, and cryptography.
- Antimicrobial resistance (AMR): research related to AMR (not policy) including (but not limited to) biology, medicine, engineering, genomics and computational methods.

The Scheme will enable scientists in both countries to undertake medium-term visits to further their research experience establish / strengthen research links and develop / enhance scientific collaborations.

The UK-Israel Fellowships will support research visits by British and Israeli researchers to laboratories in the UK and Israel. Applicants can apply for visits for one to six months in duration, which may be split into a number of visits. The aim of these visits will be to enable the visiting fellows to learn new techniques and research methods that are not available in their home laboratories, and to facilitate collaboration between the home and host research groups.

Grantees will be required to participate in the full range of activities proposed in the visit itinerary.

Grantees may be asked to:
- Attend Science and Innovation Network and/or British Council events
- Participate in peer reviews, where relevant
- Promote the Science and Innovation Network and/or British Council and be available for press and media work
- Contribute to reporting on their visit to the UK and/or Israel

Fellowship awards are intended to support the travel and subsistence of eligible individuals.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fellowships are open to PhD students, Post-Docs, and others in the field in question. They are designed to be an opportunity for early career researchers. Early career researchers would be expected to be at the beginning of their research careers and to have been awarded their PhD not more than 10 years prior to applying for a fellowships, but allowances can be made for career breaks or other extenuating circumstances.

Applicants must work or study in an academic institution, research hospitals and research institution in the UK or in Israel, that are officially recognized by both countries.

Individuals connected to laboratories currently supported by the BIRAX Regenerative Medicine Initiative are eligible to apply, but not to the same partner laboratory.

Multiple applications from laboratories / departments / institutions are acceptable; however individuals may submit only one application at a time. Only one application may be submitted per researcher. Duplicate applications will not be eligible, even if they are to different host institutions.

Applications for Fellowships to extend visits or to bridge research visits funded by other organisations will not be considered.

Fellowships will not be awarded to individuals to visit the laboratory, institute or department in which the applicant obtained his or her PhD or to work again with the candidate’s PhD supervisor.

Inadmissible costs:
- Costs related to writing up previous research;
- Costs related to an accompanying spouse or children;
- Any contributions towards salaries or pension costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Provisional timeline:
- Launch: August 15, 2018
- Deadline for applications: September 30, 2018 by 22:00 GMT
- Responses distributed: October 21, 2018
- Contract signature: Mid-November 2018

A supporting letter must be provided to confirm that the applicant will return to his/her home institution in a research/clinical practice capacity for at least six months after the end of the visit.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants start from £2,100 a month plus £550 travel costs, for up to a maximum of six months' stay.

Term of Contract:

Travel must take place between January 1, 2019 and November 30, 2019.

Please note that the fellowship may be divided into a number of travel periods that do not need to be consecutive. It must, however, be completed over a 12 month period.

Contact Information:

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Ramat Gan 52506

Phone +972 (0) 3 611 360
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