Since 2017, the programme has been used to fund larger, multi-year projects of excellence in German-Israeli cooperation.
Established in 1997, the German-Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP) is considered the ‘flagship of German-Israeli science cooperation’ according to an evaluation from 2004. Within this framework, the BMBF funds research projects for generally up to five years with up to 1.655 million euros each. Up to three projects are selected each year; a total of 81 projects have been funded up to 2022. The DIP is open to all scientific fields, there are no thematic guidelines. The focus of the funded projects is on the disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology and medicine.
The cooperation has been administered by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2008.
Only the following Israeli institutions are eligible to apply:
- 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
- Reichman University
- Weizmann Institute of Science.
Potential cooperation partners must be active in the German science system. The German scientists are not eligible to apply themselves, but are involved in the respective project as cooperation partners via the Israeli project application.