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GIF Young Scientists' Program

Grants to Israel and Germany Early-Career
Researchers for Sustainability-Related Projects

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German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF)

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Grants to Israel and Germany early-career researchers affiliated with qualified institutions for sustainability-related projects. The purpose of this program is to encourage young scientists to establish professional relationships with their counterparts in Israel and Germany.

The German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF) was established by an agreement between the Ministers of Science of the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Israel, as an additional instrument complementing the continuous fruitful ties in scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries. 

The GIF Young Scientists’ Program aims to encourage young scientists and help them establish first contacts with potential counterparts in Israel or Germany. The program will give eligible scientists an opportunity to present themselves and their research activities in the other country.

The first call in the new Young Scientists' Program will focus on sustainability-related projects in all areas of research. Specific research questions could include renewable energies, climate research, agriculture, water and waste management; perhaps also civil construction, artificial intelligence, and all the areas that make life on earth more sustainable. GIF also invites projects that examine the notion of sustainability in history and modern society, cultural approaches to, and the diversity of notions in the discourse on sustainability. This also includes implications of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Proposals may be submitted in one of the following tracks:

  • EWS - Early Work in Sustainability: For individual PIs without a research partner in the other country  
  • CIS - Collaboration in Sustainability​: For binational teams of researchers with at least one PI from each country, including at least one young PI.​

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GrantWatch ID#: 161844

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The budget for a solo PI will be capped at EUR 25k.
- The budget for collaborative projects will be capped at EUR 75k.

Term of Contract:

One-year grant period. The GIF Young Scientists’ Program includes an option for a no-cost extension of up to 6 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The principal investigators (PIs) should be affiliated with GIF-eligible institutions​.
- In a proposal with one PI, the PI must be no more than 10 years since obtaining the doctoral degree at the date of proposal submission
- In collaborative proposals with more than one PI, at least one of the PIs must fulfill the above 10-year requirement.

Proposals may be submitted
a) By one individual PI without a research partner in the other country Or
b) By binational teams of researchers with at least one PI from each country, including at least one young PI.

While there is no fixed limit on the number of researchers per proposal, teams that can work well together efficiently are preferred.

"Young” PIs are defined as up to 10 years since obtaining their doctoral degree at the date of proposal submission – (instead of 8 years at the start of the grant).

Pre-Application Information:

- March 1, 2021: Deadline for proposal submission
- September 2021: Informing the applicants of the Board of Governors funding decisions
- October 2021: Digitally signing the contracts
- November 2021: The Grants will commence and funds will be transferred to the beneficiary institutions and grantees.

Each applicant to the GIF Young Scientists' Program can submit only one proposal at a time. Each applicant can apply only two times to this program.

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


For further information, please contact:

GIF Main Office, Israel
16c, King George Street
Jerusalem 94229

GIF Liaison Office, Germany
GIF Verbindungsbüro
c/o Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen
Ingolstädter Landstr. 1
85764 Neuherberg

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