The aim of this programme, which was inaugurated in 1997 by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), is to strengthen excellence in German-Israeli research cooperation (in all scientific disciplines) and to give support to innovative joint projects.
On the basis of an agreement with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has taken over and continues the Programme of German-Israeli Project Cooperation. The BMBF continues providing the funds, while the DFG has all scientific and administrative responsibility.
Participant institutions in Israel are invited to submit proposals which may come from all fields of science and research. Proposals shall be so designed as to be carried out in close cooperation between the Israeli and the German project partners. They must contain a description of the joint work plan for both, the Israeli and the German side. The quality of the research work and the strength of the scientific cooperation including the exchange of scientists, in particular young researchers (PhDs/Postdocs), are the main criteria for the review and selection. Principal investigators on both sides need to have adequate working conditions over the full period of the project.
Eligibility and Deadline
Eligible for the submission of proposals are:
- Bar-Ilan University
- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
- The University of Haifa
- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Tel Aviv University
- Technion – The Israel Institute of Technology
- Weizmann Institute of Science
Each of these institutions is entitled to submit two proposals which makes altogether 14.
Please note: No direct submission by researchers from either Israel or Germany can be accepted.
The procedure is carried out in two stages:
The first stage takes place in Israel.
The Research Authorities of the seven institutions are responsible
- for the selection among pre-proposals which they solicit and receive through an internal procedure
- and for the formal correctness of the 14 proposals which are selected for submission to the DFG.
Key date: The deadline for the submission of these full proposals is 31 March 2017.
The second stage takes place in Germany.
DFG organises a review of the 14 full proposals and submits the result to a committee of experts which formulates a recommendation to the main financial committee for decision.
- Submission of full proposals to DFG: 31 March 2017
- Review of proposals: by October 2017
- Decision by DFG and notification: December 2017
- Beginning of granted projects: 1 January 2018
Duration of Projects
In all submissions the research shall be planned for a period of five years.
The financial plan must state the institutional resources available to the project on both sides and identify the additional needs. The total budget requested for the Israeli and the German partners may amount to a total of €1,655,000 for a maximum duration of five years.
Funding may include running costs (staff, materials, travel) and instrumentation. The equipment must be advanced and highly specialised and specifically needed for the conduct of the project and not of a general kind for basic needs of the institute.
If a project comprises several groups on both or either sides a financial plan has to be drawn up for each group individually. In each project the share between the Israeli and the German partners can be freely negotiated. Normally it should be around 50:50 percent. The German partner’s contribution, however, should not be below 30 percent for the five-year period. Industrial partners participate at their own expense.
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