German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF) Young Scientists’ Program
Grants to Israel and Germany Early-Career Scientists
for Joint Studies in the Exact and Social Sciences
for Joint Studies in the Exact and Social Sciences
German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF)
10/26/16 3:00 PM CET / 4:00 PM Israel Time
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 hard science disciplines, 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
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 to scientists without 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.
The average budget for a one-year Grant in the GIF Young Scientists’ Program is €20,000.
The Grant duration is one year. Starting date of new grants is January 1 of the year following approval by the GIF Board.
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.”
Eligibility of Investigators:
- 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:
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
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!
When in doubt whether your proposal fits this cycle, please send an email with an abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The submission period is August 1, 2016 - October 26,
15:00 CET/16:00 Israel Time.
Submission Guidelines: http://www.gif.org.il/Pages/applicants/young-scientists-program-guidelines.aspx
Online Submission Instructions: http://www.gif.org.il/pages/applicants/bioethical-certificates-of-approval.aspx
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For electronic submissions: http://www.gif.org.il/Pages/general/login.aspx
Electronic grant components may be submitted to: email@example.com
Inquiries and questions regarding eligibility may be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
GIF Main Office
P.O. Box 7008
International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.
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