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Eligibility of Institutions

Important.pngAll information on this page is part of the GIF Guidelines, which are binding for all applicants and grantees.
For your convenience, you can download a full version of the GIF Guidelines in
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According to the 1994 GIF Rules of Procedure set by the GIF Board of Governors, only Israeli and German scientists from non-profit scientific organizations in the two countries as detailed below are eligible to submit research proposals to the GIF.
Industrial enterprises (or other research institutions) registered in Israel or Germany can indirectly participate in GIF Grants as subcontractor , with a separate budget agreed upon and signed by the parties prior to GIF support; the money to the subcontractor transferred by the PIs.
The final decision on the eligibility of any given institution rests with GIF. In cases of doubt, GIF will be entitled to request written proof that an institution is a recognized non-profit research entity.
Important Note.pngSpecial note for Israeli applicants: According to the GIF Founding Agreement of 1986 signed by the Ministers of Science of the Federal Republic of Germany and the
              State of Israel
, "Projects sponsored by the Foundation in Israel shall be conducted
              only within the geographic areas which were under the jurisdiction of the State of
              Israel prior to June 5, 1967.”
GIF eligible institutions in both countries are limited to the following:
1. Institutions of Higher Learning:
In Israel:
  • All universities and academic colleges accredited by the Planning Budgeting Committee within The Council for Higher Education (VATAT) as institutions of higher learning.
In Germany:
  • All universities and "Fachhochschulen" who are regular members of the "Hochschulrektorenkonferenz (HRK)".
2. Government Research Institutions and Research Corporations
In Israel:
  • All government-owned research institutions and research institutions affiliated to one of the Government's Chief Scientists' offices.
In Germany:
  • All government-owned research institutions.
  • All research centers who are members of the HGF (Hermann von Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren).
  • All members of the WGL (Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft W.G. Leibniz).
3. Public Research Institutions and Research Corporations
In Israel:
  • All public research institutions which receive a regular subsidy from the government, which constitutes an integral part of their annual budget. This subsidy must appear in the annually published national budget of the State of Israel.
In Germany:
  • All Max-Planck and all Fraunhofer Institutes.
  • Research institutes fully owned by one or several German "Laender".
  • Consortia involving several of the institutions mentioned under paragraph 1-3 above, which can yet be defined as non-profit research organizations.
4. Public Hospitals
In Israel:
  • All government or publically owned hospitals. The definition of "public" being that public money is being budgeted to the hospital on an annual basis, and that representatives of the public are on its board of directors.
In Germany:
  • All public hospitals recognized as non-profit organizations.
5. EMBL, Heidelberg
Both German and Israeli scientists temporarily employed at the EMBL may apply to GIF together with a partner from the opposite country. Since EMBL is a European Institution, the citizenship of the applicants is the decisive factor in this case. They may NOT be both employed at the EMBL at the same time!
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