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GIF Young Scientists' Program

Grants to Israel and Germany Early-Career Scientists for
Joint Studies in Exact Sciences, Engineering, and Social Sciences

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

Deadline Date:

10/25/18 3:00 PM CET/4:00 PM Israel Time


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Grants averaging €20,000 to Israel and Germany early-career scientists employed at qualifying IHEs, government, and nonprofit research agencies and hospitals for projects in exact sciences, engineering, and social sciences. The purpose of this program is to encourage young scientists to establish professional relationships with their counterparts in Israel and Germany. Both basic and applied research projects in all areas will be considered equally with no predetermined quotas.

The program supports researchers within eight years after completing their Ph.D., M.D., or an equivalent degree (at the starting date of the Grant), and will give these scientists an opportunity to present themselves and their research activities in the other country.

GIF Young Scientists’ Program research areas:

- Exact Sciences (Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics etc.)
- Engineering Sciences / Technology / Computer Sciences (and related)​
- Social Sciences (Economics, Education, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, etc.)

In accordance with the goals and objectives established by its Board of Governors, the Foundation supports cooperative research projects of mutual interest to the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Israel. The projects shall concern science and technology for peaceful purposes only. Both basic and applied research projects in all areas will be considered equally with no predetermined quotas.​​​​​

The GIF Young Scientists’ Program is aimed at scientists without a research partner. The applicants should not have any working relations yet with scientists in the other country. This program offers a platform to facilitate first contacts between younger scientists with potential collaborators in the other country, which may, later on, lead to a joint proposal within the GIF Regular Program based on this project.

For this purpose, travel to the partner country during the 12 months’ Grant period is mandatory. The mandatory minimum duration of the visit is seven full working days. An extended visit of ​two weeks is recommended.

GIF projects shall concern science and technology for peaceful purposes only.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161844

Estimated Size of Grant:

As per decision of the GIF Board of Governors in June 2016, the ceiling for requested budget has been removed, and has been replaced by an average budget of EUR 20,000 per GIF Young Scientists' grant.

Term of Contract:

The Grant duration is one year. Starting date of new grants is January 1 of the year following approval by the GIF Board.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility of Investigators:

- Scientists applying of a GIF Grant must hold a doctoral degree. They must be affiliated with a GIF eligible institution with a tenure track position or a contract covering the whole duration of the prospective Grant.
- Applicants must be recognized staff members of a GIF-eligible institution.
- The GIF Young Scientists’ Grant is not a fellowship program, and is not intended to supplement or to be combined with a post-doctoral fellowship from another source.
- MDs on an academic tenure track may also apply during their internship period.
- The period passed since applicants received their Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree may not exceed 8 years at the starting date of the Grant.
- The applicants should not have any prior working relations with scientists in the other country; this includes both funded research projects and other forms of scientific cooperation.​​
- Applicants who have previously submitted to the GIF Regular Program as Principal (PI) or Cooperating (CI) Investigator will not be accepted.

Eligibility of Institutions:

Only Israeli and German scientists from nonprofit scientific organizations in the two countries as detailed below are eligible to submit research proposals to the GIF.

Industrial enterprises (or other research institutions) registered in Israel or Germany can indirectly participate in GIF Grants as subcontractor , with a separate budget agreed upon and signed by the parties prior to GIF support; the money to the subcontractor transferred by the PIs.

Special note for Israeli applicants: According to the GIF Founding Agreement of 1986 signed by the Ministers of Science of the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Israel, "Projects sponsored by the Foundation in Israel shall be conducted only within the geographic areas which were under the jurisdiction of the State of Israel prior to June 5, 1967.”

1) Institutions of Higher Learning:

Israel: All universities and academic colleges accredited by the Planning Budgeting Committee within The Council for Higher Education (VATAT) as institutions of higher learning.

Germany: All universities and "Fachhochschulen" who are regular members of the "Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK)".

2) Government Research Institutions and Research Corporations

All government-owned research institutions and research institutions affiliated to one of the Government's Chief Scientists' offices.

- All government-owned research institutions.
- All research centers who are members of the HGF (Hermann von Helmholtz- Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren).
- All members of the WGL (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft W.G. Leibniz).

3) Public Research Institutions and Research Corporations

All public research institutions which receive a regular subsidy from the government, which constitutes an integral part of their annual budget. This subsidy must appear in the annually published national budget of the State of Israel.

- All Max-Planck and all Fraunhofer Institutes.
- Research institutes fully owned by one or several German "Laender".
- Consortia involving several of the institutions mentioned under paragraph 1- 3 above, which can yet be defined as non-profit research organizations.

4) Public Hospitals

Israel: All government or publically owned hospitals. The definition of "public" being that public money is being budgeted to the hospital on an annual basis, and that representatives of the public are on its board of directors.

Germany: All public hospitals recognized as non-profit organizations.

5) EMBL, Heidelberg

Both German and Israeli scientists temporarily employed at the EMBL may apply to GIF together with a partner from the opposite country. Since EMBL is a European Institution, the citizenship of the applicants is the decisive factor in this case. They may NOT be both employed at the EMBL at the same time.

Pre-Application Information:

The GIF application website for submissions will be open from 15th​ August, 2018 and will be closed on Thursday, 25th October, 2018 15:00 CET / 16:00 Israel time.

Important Dates
- The GIF website will be open for submission of proposals from the first week of August each year, and will be closed during the last week of October. The final dates for each submission cycle are published on the GIF homepage. - ----ff--- Decisions by the GIF Board are taken by the end of June of the year following the submission. All applicants are informed then.
- Applicants whose proposal was not approved for funding will receive the reviewers’ comments in July of the year following the submission.
- Starting date of new Grants: 1st January of the year following approval by the GIF Board.

The GIF Young Scientists’ Program will be open according to the following 2-year cycle:

Cycle I: Exact Sciences, Engineering, and Social Sciences
(submission years 2016, 2018 etc.)
Cycle II: Medicine, Life Sciences, and Humanities
(submission years 2017, 2019 etc.)​

Interdisciplinary proposals:
In case of interdisciplinary proposals, the main criteria to define whether a proposal is suitable for a certain submission cycle is the main research question. You may choose the submission year you deem most appropriate; please note, however, that the final decision to accept a proposal for a certain submission cycle rests with the GIF Advisory Committees. When in doubt whether your proposal fits a given cycle, please send an email with an abstract to the funding source.

If you are interested in a collaboration project with a partner from the other country but have been unable to find a counterpart, GIF will be happy to assist. Please contact the Foundation by email, add an abstract, key words, a short bio and shortly describe what you are looking for in your potential partner.

Applicants need to obtain an approval from their Research Authority in order to submit the proposal to the GIF. You will not be able to submit the proposal to the GIF without Research Authority approval.

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Contact Information:

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

For electronic submissions:

Please send the hardcopy of the full proposal with all original signatures and institution stamps via AIRMAIL to:
GIF Main Office
P.O. Box 7008
Jerusalem 91070

Electronic grant components may be submitted to:

Inquiries and questions regarding eligibility/interdisciplinary proposals may be submitted to:

Tali Rosenbaum

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Geographic Focus:


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.