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Grants to Israel IHE Researchers to Establish Scientific Research Centers

Minerva Centers

Minerva Stiftung

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #167606

Grant Description

Grants to Israel researchers working at an eligible institution of higher education to establish scientific research centers. Requests will be accepted from across the science disciplines and approaches may be interdisciplinary. Funded programs will carry out research on the topic of Intelligence in cooperation with German partners, training young scientists, bridging gaps, and building networks in the respective field of research with Israeli partners.

Minerva is seeking exciting topics for new centers which can be interdisciplinary in their approach. Proposals addressing the broad topic of “Intelligence” are welcome from all areas of science. The topic can be approached from different aspects.

Minerva Centers deal with topics that are innovative and of special interest to the science community in Israel. Centers will involve excellent researchers regardless of their institutional affiliation.

A Minerva Center is designed as a long-term effort of a number of scientists to concentrate on a certain field of research. A center may also involve scientists from other than the host university, such as to create an inter-university community in the field.

A Minerva Center ideally is devoted to an emerging research field which is not yet well established in Israel and which does not yet attract grants and donations.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Principal Investigators in a permanent position in the following Israeli universities and institution are eligible: Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, Haifa University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, Techion TIIT, Weizmann Institute of Science.

Requirements apply to the director of a center with regard to his/her scientific track record and experience in leading projects. The director will be an outstanding, experienced research figure and is responsible for bringing together the critical mass for the subject.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals for the 1st stage must reach the MINERVA office by 20th February 2020.

Evaluation deadline 1st step: end of March/beginning of April 2020

2nd step:
- Invitation of complete applications with a deadline: end of June 2020
- Decision on the 2nd step proposals: November/December 2020
- Interviews in Israel: early 2021 in Israel

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The budget will comprise a sum of up to € 150,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The lifetime of a center is limited to an initial period of six years. After an evaluation during the 6th year, the lifetime of a center can be extended for another period depending on the recommendations of the evaluation committee. This period will not exceed another six years.

Contact Information:

Proposals must be submitted electronically and as one print copy by the Principle Investigator to:

Michael Nagel, Program Manager

MINERVA Stiftung Gesellschaft für die Forschung mbH
Postbox 101062
D-80084 München
Federal Republic of Germany
+49 89 2108-1258
+49 89 2108-1451

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