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Pillars of the Cooperation: Programmes and Foundations
Several foundations and large programmes have been specifically dedicated to German-Israeli scientific cooperation since 1964. On the German side, they receive funding from the Fedarl Ministry of Education and Resaerch (BMBF) and implement their funding measures on their own responsibility.
Minerva has been the largest and most multifaceted cooperation programme for years. In addition, the German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (GIF), the Martin Buber Society Foundation Fund and the German-Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP) play a key role in German-Israeli cooperation.
The Minerva Foundation GmbH is a subsidiary of the Max Planck Society. It has been supporting German-Israeli cooperation for about 60 years. Over the decades, several programme lines have been developed, including both individual and institutional funding measures.
The foundation has been funding German-Israeli basic and applied research projects since 1986. In 2021, GIF restructured its funding programme by launching the NEXUS programme in two funding lines (Collaborative Track and Solo Track for young researchers ).
Since 2017, the programme has been used to fund larger, multi-year projects of excellence in German-Israeli cooperation. The cooperation has been administered by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2008.
The Martin Buber Society of Fellows has been promoting cooperation between German and Israeli academics in the humanities, cultural studies and social sciences at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem since 2010.