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Eligibility of Investigators

Important.pngAll information on this page is part of the GIF Guidelines, which are binding for all applicants and grantees.
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Scientists applying of a GIF Grant must hold a doctoral degree. They must be affiliated to a GIF eligible institution with a tenure track position or a contract covering the whole duration of the prospective Grant.
The final decision on the eligibility of any given investigator rests with GIF.

GIF Regular Program

The requirements for academic degree and institutional affiliation apply to both Principal Investigators (PIs) and Cooperating Investigators (CIs).
Important.pngProfessors emeriti must submit a letter of approval from their institution together with their proposal, stating that they have a lab at their disposal for the duration of the prospective grant.
Israeli researchers holding a position at a German institution or German researchers holding a position at an Israeli institution who wish to submit a proposal in the GIF Regular Program with a partner from an institution in their home country must have a contract providing for their position at the German (Israeli) institution until the prospective finishing date of the Grant. If the joint proposal is approved, the researcher must submit a corresponding written confirmation by the institution before the starting date of the Grant.
Current Grantees will be accepted as PIs in a new proposal only if their current project will be terminated by the prospective starting date of the new Grant, as GIF permits only one Grant for each PI at a time.
An applicant (PI) may change between the alternating application cycles.
In cases where an applicant for the GIF Regular Program is a current Grantee in the GIF Young Scientists' Program whose Young Scientists' Grant has not started yet, GIF will be compelled to revoke the approval of the GIF Young Scientists’ Grant, considering that the purpose of the Young Scientists’ program is to create first contacts in the other country, whereas a submission to the GIF Regular Program implies contacts already being established.

GIF Young Scientists’ Program

Applicants must be recognized staff members of a GIF-eligible institution.
The GIF Young Scientists’ Grant is not a fellowship Program, and is not intended to supplement or to be combined with a post-doctoral fellowship from another source.
MDs on an academic tenure track may also apply during their internship period.
The period passed since applicants received their Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree may not exceed 8 years at the starting date of the Grant.
The applicants should not have any prior working relations with scientists in the other country; this includes both funded research projects and other forms of scientific cooperation.​​
Applicants who have previously submitted to the GIF Regular Program as Principal (PI) or Cooperating (CI) Investigator will not be accepted.

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