Bilateral Programmes

In addition to ministerial announcements, special cooperation programmes and funding possibilities are available to Israeli and German scientists who wish to conduct joint research projects. The most important information is provided in brief below with links to the relevant programmes.

Minerva has been a subsidiary of the Max Planck Foundation since the beginning of German-Israeli collaboration. Minerva has offered several funding programmes and covers all disciplines.

  • The Minerva Fellowship Programme
    The Minerva fellowships offer junior scientists research sojourns in other countries.
  • The Minerva-Weizmann Programme
    Project leaders at the Israeli Weizmann Institute of Science can invite German junior researchers for a guest visit that the programme finances.
  • The Minerva-Gentner Symposia
    The symposia are held annually either in Germany or Israel. The Minerva Foundation provides up to EUR 30,000 to cover participants’ travelling and accommodation costs.
  • Arches Prize
    The Award for Research Cooperation and High Excellence in Science (ARCHES, total EUR 200,000) is annually awarded to two outstanding research groups.
  • Minerva Schools
    Minerva Schools are workshops lasting several days and are held in Germany or Israel. Minerva covers young participants’ travel and accommodation costs.
  • Minerva Centers
    Minerva supports about 30 research centers. Tenders for establishing new Minerva Centers are sporadically advertised.
  • Scholarship programme of the Minna James Heinemann Foundation
    The Heineman Foundation allocates two scholarships annually to young researchers at Max Planck institutes and at the Israeli Weizmann Institute of Science.

German-Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP)

The German-Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP) is an excellence programme supporting German-Israeli joint projects in all disciplines. Only Israeli universities may apply.

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

The German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF) was established in1986 through an agreement by the science ministries of both countries. It offers funding for Israeli-German cooperation projects and junior scientists.

Martin Buber Society

Each year, the Martin Buber Society Trust Fund offers a scholarship for five German and five Israeli junior scientists in the humanities and social sciences for an initial two years at the Hebrew University Jerusalem.

German Research Foundation (DFG)

In addition to the DIP programme, the German Research Foundation (DFG) coordinates, among others, material subsidies and research grants for trilateral projects in which scientists from Germany, Israel, and partners from Palestine, or any other of Israel’s neighboring states, are involved.