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German-Israeli Water Technology Cooperation Programme

Grants to Israel and Germany IHEs, Nonprofits,
and Agencies for Joint Water Research Projects

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Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST) and German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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03/28/19 23:59 (Local Time) Receipt


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Grants to Israel and Germany IHEs and nonprofit or governmental research institutions to support cooperative research and development activities related to water technology. Research must address solutions to water challenges in Israel, the surrounding region, or Germany. Research must be multidisciplinary and applicable to the needs of the water sector. In addition to scientific partners, projects should preferably include industrial partners as well as related stakeholders.

Germany and Israel, both world-renowned manufacturers of water technologies, work together to provide answers to these challenges. As part of the cooperation between the German BMBF and the Israeli MOST, research and development projects in the field of water technology are funded. Qualifying scientific applicants in this framework may receive R&D grants, respectively, from BMBF and MOST according to the applicable national funding procedures and regulations.

The overarching technical spectrum of the cooperation includes:
- Increase of water availability and quality
- Wastewater treatment and reuse
- Energy efficiency in the water sector
- Groundwater investigation and remediation
- Drinking water treatment and health aspects of the drinking water supply
- Integrated water resources management.

In 2019, the annual call for proposal topic will focus on:
- Protection and restoration of surface waters
- Nano-materials for water processes
- Digital transformation of the water sector.

The objectives of the German-Israeli Water Technology Cooperation Program are as follows:
- To improve the water situation in Israel and its direct neighborhood and/or Germany. Transferability of the results to comparable regions should preferably be ensured.
- To facilitate access to new markets for Israeli and German enterprises in the water and environmental sector.
- To support and strengthen bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the water sector as well as cooperation between science and industry.

Each submitted research proposal needs to indicate how it addresses the above mentioned objectives of the German-Israeli Water Technology Cooperation. In particular, the proposals need to specify the interaction between German and Israeli research groups (e.g. using a block diagram or PERT network diagram) and how integration will be managed and maintained during the project (e.g. governance structure, joint workshops).

Priority will be given to projects based on novel ideas and potential industrial applicability. It is recommended that working groups include academic partners, industrial partners and end users.

Eligible institutions in Israel may receive grants covering up to 100% of the additional, eligible, research-oriented expenses incurred by the project, which may be used for the following purposes:
- Stipend or salary for PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, technicians and/or laboratory workers (i.e. a temporary position up to 2 years) retained specifically for the purpose of the project, not including salaries for permanent staff and PI's;
- Consumables. In case they exceed 750 Euro, a detailed explanation regarding their necessity and quantities is required;
- Small scale equipment which is only needed for the specific research project. MOST will enable purchase of computers or laptops only in special cases in which they are part of the research project or are of unique capacities needed for the specific research;
- Travel and visiting costs;
- Joint seminars and workshops.

Subject to the overall budget of this Call, there is no formal cap in regard to the total cost of individual proposals. Proposals submitted to MOST must include a detailed project budget for the Israeli team.

Funds for German partners will be awarded as non-repayable project grants. The grants can be spent to cover the cost of staff, materials, and equipment. No funding can be provided for building investments. Grants for universities, research and science institutions and similar institutions are calculated on the basis of the eligible project-related expenditure. German research institutes which are already part of a government based funding scheme may receive project related funds only under specific circumstances and are advised to contact the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe in advance of submission.

Grants for German commercial companies are calculated on the basis of the project-related costs eligible for funding, up to 50% of which can as a rule be covered by grants, depending on the project's nearness to application. In the case of collaborative research projects, the European Union's Community Framework allows differentiated rules on extra percentage points for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which may result in a higher rate of funding

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GrantWatch ID#: 127416

Number of Grants:

Out of the total budget, typically 3-5 projects will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The proposed project must be prepared and carried out jointly by the Israeli and the German project partners. For this purpose, BMBF and MOST will consider providing a grant that covers the travel expenses for one short visit of one of the potential research partners to either Israel or Germany, for the purpose of preparing the joint proposal. Such grants will not exceed 1,500 Euro.

Term of Contract:

It is the intention of the parties issuing this call to fund research proposals selected hereunder for the three‐year duration of the project. However MOST funding must be approved on an annual basis, with the funding for the second and third years to be approved in accordance with the provisions of the research contract. The parties to this call reserve the right not to fund a second or third year of work for scientific‐professional, administrative or budgetary reasons.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Israel: Grants can be awarded to applicants from academic institutions, namely:
- An accredited institution of higher education in Israel, according to the Council for Higher Education Act, 1958.
- A Research Institute recognized as such by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF).
- A Research Institute which is a nonprofit organization.
- A Research Institute which is a government company or a governmental unit.

For the purposes of this call, a "Research Institute" means a research institute which a significant portion of its activity is the advancement of cutting‐edge scientific knowledge, which possesses appropriate infrastructure and equipment, and which employs researchers who, inter alia, publish articles related to their research in leading scientific journals in the world, and who present their research at international symposia.

Israeli industry partners are encouraged to participate in research projects at their own cost but are not eligible to apply for grants.

Israeli partners may include researchers from neighbouring states and areas in their proposed research teams if the relevance of the expected project results may be increased thereby.

According to the procedures of the Water Technology Cooperation Program, Israeli scientists who serve as investigators (Principal Investigators (PI’s) or Co‐Investigators (CI’s)) in ongoing projects within this program, will not be funded in an additional project within the frame of this call, either as PI or CI, until their ongoing project is finished. In such a case, the results achieved in their ongoing projects shall be attached to the new proposals and will be used to evaluate their abilities to accomplish the tasks and achieve the goals of their new proposals.

A researcher who intends a sabbatical leave in the first year of the project cannot be approved as a principal investigator (PI) of the research proposal. A PI who intends a vacation or absence of more than three months should request permission from MOST in advance (through the relevant R&D Authority). A substitute to the PI will not be approved in the course of the first year

Germany: Research proposals may be submitted by German‐based commercial companies, institutions of higher education, non‐university research establishments as well as public institutions at municipal, state or federal level. The participation of small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs) is expressly welcome.

For Both German and Israeli Applicants:
The application must include a research plan in one of the areas of research specified in this call, which will be carried out in Israel by at least one senior researcher who is a permanent employee of the applying institution or on track for tenure in the applying institution.

The proposed project must be prepared and carried out jointly by the Israeli and the German project partners. For this purpose, BMBF and MOST will consider providing a grant that covers the travel expenses for one short visit of one of the potential research partners to either Israel or Germany, for the purpose of preparing the joint proposal. Such grants will not exceed 1,500 Euro. Potential research partners interested in such a travel grant may submit their informal
request by e-mail to the relevant contacts in Germany or Israel.

Pre-Application Information:

Final date for submission of proposals: March 28th, 2019 at 23:59 (local time).

The Israeli partner should submit proposals in English by email using the application form to the email address in the Contact section (in "pdf" format duly signed, along with a working copy in "doc" format without signatures). The proposals should reach the email address by the deadline (local Israel time), and will not be accepted under any circumstances after the specified date and hour. Proposers are advised that no human answers will be available after 15:00 of said day.

In addition, Israeli PI's should send also two hard copies of their proposals by Tuesday, April 2, 2019 to the MOST address.

The German partner should use the electronic submission system “pt-outline” to submit the electronic version of the joint proposal (see Contact section).

Shortly after submitting the email the applicants should receive an automatic reply acknowledging its receipt. If an email confirming receipt is not received, the applicant must approach MOST contact persons detailed below to make sure the email was duly received.

The overall BMBF/MOST budget for the Israeli participation in this call for proposals is up to EURO 1,000,000 of which MOST will contribute up to EURO 250,000.

Potential research partners interested in such a travel grant may submit their informal request by e‐mail to the relevant contacts in Germany or Israel.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Israeli PI's should submit proposals to:

The German partner should apply online:

Israeli PI's should send hard copies of their proposals to:
Mr. Avi Anati
Deputy Director General for Planning and Control
Ministry of Science & Technology
"German-Israeli Water Technology Call for Proposals 2019"
Clermont Ganneau St., Begin Government Offices
Building 3, 3rd Floor, Room 309
P.O.B. 49100, Jerusalem 9149002
Tel: 02-5411170/173/800

Contact in Germany, on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF):

Dr. Leif Wolf
Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA)
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Hermann‐von‐Helmholtz‐Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein‐Leopoldshafen
Tel.: ++49‐721‐608‐28224
Fax: ++49‐721‐608‐92822

In Israel:

On scientific matters:

Dr. Moshe Ben Sasson, Scientific Director
Water, Agriculture and Environment
Tel: ++972‐2‐5411134
Mobile: ++972‐5‐05859530

On administrative matters:

Mr. Avi Anati, Deputy Director
General for Planning & Control
Tel : 02‐5411170/173/800

Ms. Shani Edri, Head Department
Division for International Relations
Tel : 02‐5411133

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