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Minerva Centers

Grants to Israel University Faculty to Establish
Research Centers that Address the Topic of Aging

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Grants to Israel principal investigators who are working in a permanent position in one of Israel's six universities or the Weizmann Institute of Science to establish research centers that address the topic of aging. For the purpose of this grant program, the six universities in Israel are Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, Haifa University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and Techion TIIT.

The topic of aging can be approached from different aspects, such as:

- Human Aging
- Material Aging
- Aging of Infrastructure
- Society Aging
- Aging in the Literature
- Aging of Theories
- Aging of Knowledge
- Plant Aging

About Minerva Centers:

Minerva Centers are research groups located in the universities in Israel. They are under the directorship of a Principal Investigator, who has a permanent position in one of the six universities or the Weizmann Institute in Israel. Minerva Centers deal with topics that are innovative and of special interest to the science community in Israel. The centers carry out research in cooperation with German partners. The Minerva Centers program aims at bridging gaps, training young scientists and building networks in the respective field of research with partners 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 interuniversity community in the field. A Minerva Center is not a project which could be funded by a grant or the university. 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.

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.

Funding Objective:

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167606

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Principal Investigators in a permanent position in the six universities and the Weizmann Institute are eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the grant guidelines.

Two-stage Proposal Procedure:

The call for proposals is the first part of a two-stage procedure for collecting applications for new Minerva Centers.

1st Stage - Invitation of Thematic Proposals:
In the first stage of the proposal procedure, researchers submit outlines of exciting/promising new topics that are suitable for being best elaborated by a center. The first stage is intended to be a collection of promising ideas. A proposal can be submitted by a scientist who applies to lead a Minerva Center; a proposal can also be submitted by a scientist who proposes another scientist as a director of a center. The proposals must include the names, the CVs and a list of not more than five publications of the potential PIs. Thematic proposals are to be sent to Minerva. The PIs are encouraged to inform their host university about the proposals and the university is free to comment on them before submission. The Minerva Centers Committee will then carry out a pre-selection of the proposals.

2nd Stage:
Those PIs/leading scientists who passed the first stage are invited to present a more elaborated and detailed proposal. The proposal must have the support of the host university, which it states in a letter of commitment. These applications will be submitted to evaluations by at least three external reviewers each. A number of PIs will then be invited for a personal presentation and a discussion with the evaluation panel (the Centers Committee and additional scientists).

Key Dates:

1st Stage:
- Proposals for the 1st stage must reach the MINERVA office by February 20, 2018.
- Evaluation deadline 1st step: end of March/beginning of April 2018

2nd Stage:
- Invitation of complete applications with a deadline: mid-June 2018
- Decision on the 2nd step proposals: end of October 2018
- Interviews in Israel: November/December 2018 in Israel

Please Note: The center will be funded by Minerva. Minerva funds will be matched with the same amount by the host institution, partially contributed in kind. Both amounts will make up the budget of the center.

Contact Information:

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

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

Minverva Stiftung Gesellschaft für die Forschung mbH
Postbox 101062
D-80084 München
Federal Republic of Germany


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