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Bilateral cooperation with Israel has its own unique structure. From first contacts at the scientific level, it has steadily developed over the last six decades. The most important elements are the agreements between the ministries and the cooperation between individual research organisations.
Main pillars of the collaboration are the interministerial cooperation between the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and its Israeli partner ministries, the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology (MOST) and the Ministry of Economics and Industry (MOEI), as well as the major programmes funded by the BMBF and implemented through foundations and funding organisations.
Research institutions and universities also maintain close relations and intensive exchange. In addition, there are political and private foundations that are also active in the field of science. Cooperation at the European level is extremely intensive, especially in the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been cooperating with the Israeli Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology (MOST) for five decades. In industry-related cooperation, the Israeli Ministry of Economics and Industry (MOEI) has been a cooperation partner since the turn of the millennium.
Several foundations and large programmes have been specifically dedicated to German-Israeli scientific cooperation since 1964. They are financed on the German side with funds from the BMBF and implement their funding measures on their own responsibility.
The German funding and intermediary organisations contribute significantly to the cooperation with Israel with extensive activities. The German Research Foundation (DFG) mainly funds research projects with German-Israeli participation, while the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) focus on individual funding.
The connection to the European Research Area is of strategic importance for Israel’s research system. For Israel, cooperation with Germany has opened the door to research funding from the European Union and has thus made a significant contribution to Israel’s integration into the European Research Area.