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GIF Young Scientists' Program

Grants to Israel and Germany Early-Career Scientists
for Joint Studies in Life Sciences, Medicine, and Humanities

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

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10/24/17 - 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 life sciences, medicine, and humanities. 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.

For 2017, the submission cycle will cover the following disciplines:
- Medicine (Basic Research, Practical Medicine, Clinical Research, Biomedical Research, etc.)
- Life Sciences (Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Plant Sciences, etc.)
- Humanities (Archaeology, History, Literature, Philosophy, etc.​)

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.

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 161844

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average budget for a one-year Grant in the GIF Young Scientists’ Program is €20,000.

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.

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.

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:

When in doubt whether your proposal fits this cycle, please send an email with an abstract to the appropriate email address below.

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.

The GIF application website for submissions will be open from 15th August, 2017 and will be closed on Tuesday, 24th October, 2017 15:00 CET / 16:00 Israel time.

Submission Guidelines:

Online Submission Instructions:

Submission deadlines:

Proposals in the GIF Young Scientists’ Program are accepted in the following submission cycles:

Cycle I (even years – 2016, 2018, etc.):
Exact Sciences, Engineering, and Social Sciences

Cycle II (uneven years – 2017, 2019, etc.):
Medicine, Life Sciences, and Humanities

Each applicant to the GIF Young Scientists' Program can submit only one proposal at a time. GIF will not consider and/or fund simultaneously more than one proposal per applicant and/or Grantee. Each applicant can apply ONLY two times to this program.

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:

Electronic grant components may be submitted to:

Inquiries and questions regarding eligibility may be submitted to:

Tali Rosenbaum

GIF Main Office
P.O. Box 7008
Jerusalem 91070

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.