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GIF Regular Program

Grants to Germany and Israel Universities, Hospitals, and
Research Institutions for Joint Scientific Research Projects

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

Deadline Date:

10/25/18 15:00 CET/16:00 Israel time


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Grants ranging from 40,000 to 80,000 euros per year to researchers at Germany and Israel universities, research institutions, and hospitals to develop joint research projects. Preference is given to teams who are collaborating for the first time. Research should be in the exact sciences fields, such as mathematics, chemistry, and physics, or in the engineering, technology, and computer sciences.

The criteria to define whether a proposal is suitable for a certain submission cycle is the main research question, as well as the methods used by the PI(s) and their scientific background. This also applies to proposals from related fields and interdisciplinary proposals.

Continuations of ongoing grants will not be excluded; however, they will have to prove an excellent, fruitful collaboration and outstanding scientific merit.

Both basic and applied research projects in all scientific fields will be considered equally with no predetermined quotas.

GIF projects must involve active collaboration between the teams. Their joint research program must be presented as a single coherent proposal in which the roles and tasks of all prospective groups are clearly defined. Cooperation may take the form of:
- Interdependent projects conducted in different laboratories (which may involve different sources of additional funding).
- Sharing of research facilities, materials, equipment and/or services.
- Exchange of scientific knowledge and technological know-how.
- Exchange of junior and senior research personnel.
- Joint responsibility for scientific reporting and publications.
- Joint planning of research and evaluation of results.
- Mutual visits at the partners’ lab/institution are a mandatory part of the program.

GIF's objective is to promote and fund basic and applied scientific research projects of joint groups from the two countries for peaceful purposes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184263

Estimated Size of Grant:

The average budget should be EUR 40,000 - EUR 80,000 per year (total for all PIs).

Term of Contract:

The proposal should be designed for a duration of up to 3 years. GIF may approve the extension of a project by up to 12 months, on the condition that no further funds are needed in addition to the originally approved budget.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

GIF eligible institutions in both countries are limited to the following:

1. Institutions of Higher Learning:

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

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

2. Government Research Institutions and Research Corporations

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

In Germany:
- 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

In Israel:
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.

In Germany:
- 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

In 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.

In 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.

According to the 1994 GIF Rules of Procedure set by the GIF Board of Governors, only Israeli and German scientists from non-profit 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.”

More on Eligibility of Institutions:

Eligibility for Investigators

Scientists applying of a GIF Grant must hold a doctoral degree. They must be affiliated to a GIF eligible institution with a tenure track position or a contract covering the whole duration of the prospective Grant.

The requirements for academic degree and institutional affiliation apply to both Principal Investigators (PIs) and Cooperating Investigators (CIs).

Israeli researchers holding a position at a German institution or German researchers holding a position at an Israeli institution who wish to submit a proposal in the GIF Regular Program with a partner from an institution in their home country must have a contract providing for their position at the German (Israeli) institution until the prospective finishing date of the Grant. If the joint proposal is approved, the researcher must submit a corresponding written confirmation by the institution before the starting date of the Grant.

Current Grantees will be accepted as PIs in a new proposal only if their current project will be terminated by the prospective starting date of the new Grant, as GIF permits only one Grant for each PI at a time.

An applicant (PI) may change between the alternating application cycles.

More on eligibility for investigators:

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due on Thursday, 25 October, 2018 15:00 CET/16:00 Israel time. The signed hard copy of the proposal PDF must be received at the GIF offices by November 20th (year of submission). Otherwise, the proposal may not be evaluated and be delayed to the next relevant submission cycle.

Professors emeriti must submit a letter of approval from their institution together with their proposal, stating that they have a lab at their disposal for the duration of the prospective grant.

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.

Call for Proposals 2018:


Submission cycle:

Instructions on first steps to start your submission:

Contact Information:

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

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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

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.