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Minerva-Gentner Symposium

Grants to Israel and Germany Scientists for
Research Symposia to Foster Collaboration

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Foundation / Corporation

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Minerva Stiftung

Deadline Date:

07/12/19 Postmarked


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Grants of up to EUR 30,000 to Germany and Israel scientists to conduct collaborative research symposia. Funding is intended to support work in innovative fields not yet addressed through Israeli-German cooperation. Conferences, scientific meetings, and workshops are held annually in Germany or Israel and may be conducted in all areas of research.

The Minerva-Gentner Symposium is a format to bring together Israeli scientists with colleagues from Germany. A typical Minerva-Gentner Symposium has about 25-50 participants coming from various institutions in Germany and Israel (as well as from other countries). Not yet established but promising young scientists (PhD-students, Post-Docs) shall have the opportunity to get in contact with senior scientists during these symposia. The Symposia are intended to enable scientific discourse, exchange of ideas and new interactions in a given field of research.

On principle, only costs for the scientific part of the event can be taken into account. The grant may be used for:

- Travel allowances
- Accommodation and hospitality costs
- Space rent and lease for devices and items of equipment
- Costs of framework programs (relating to the conference)
- Costs of student assistants and/or students working on a fee basis within the framework of the conference organization
- Other material costs (e.g. office supplies, layout of conference programs and the like, costs of publication of conference results)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174214

Estimated Size of Grant:

A Minerva-Gentner Symposium can be funded with up to EUR 30,000 by the Minerva Stiftung.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Scientists from all German universities and non-university research institutions as well as from the six Israeli universities (Bar Ilan University, Ben Gurion University, Haifa University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion, Tel Aviv University) and the Weizmann Institute are eligible to apply for a Minerva-Gentner Symposium together with (a) colleague(s) from the respective other country.

The invited scientists should come from various institutions in Germany and Israel. The ratio between the numbers of Israeli and German participants should be approximately equal. In addition to the Israeli and German participants, also scientists from other countries can be included in the program. Both not yet established but promising young scientists (PhD-students, Post-Docs) and senior scientists may participate.

Non-billable expenses:

- Personal salary of the project heads
- Fees for speakers/spokespersons
- Expenses for construction and installation measures
- Operational and maintenance costs (e.g. electricity, gas, water, cooling agents), maintenance contracts
- Contributions for property insurance, expenditures for letters of safe conduct
- Expenses for the use of an institute’s own service facilities (such as computing centers or other – also scientific – services) on the basis of an internal performance settlement
- Expenses for apparatus which must be considered as up-to-date initial equipment (for the respective field)
- Expenses for the supplementation or repair of apparatus which is not the property of the Minerva Stiftung
- Turnover tax insofar as it can be deducted as input tax

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting applications is 12 July 2019 (for the hard copies: date of postmark).

Applicants are informed about the decision by November/December.

Please send your proposal (in English only) in hard copy and by e-mail.

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

Please address your proposal to:

Minerva Stiftung
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80 539 München


Julia Lechler, Program Manager
+49 89 2108-1242

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International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.