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Bioethical Certificates of Approval

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
                  PDF format here.

You must indicate in your research proposal if any of the ethical approvals listed is needed to conduct your research.
In case your proposal will be approved for funding the following applies:
It is an obligation of the Grantees to assure that GIF-supported research is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards and all applicable laws and regulations. The research must be carried out in a manner that minimizes detrimental effects on humans, animals, plants, and the environment.
To be approved by the GIF, all research proposals must fully comply with the Helsinki Committee standards and/or all rules, regulations, and ethical codes which have been enacted by the governments and/or empowered authorities in Germany and Israel.
It is the primary responsibility of the researchers to assure compliance with restrictions in Israel and Germany and to obtain all necessary permits prior to the implementation of a GIF Grant. The GIF will not be held responsible or legally liable in the event of non-compliance and/or negligence and/or any kind of violation of such regulations.
PIs whose projects involve research on human stem cells will have to ensure that all project partners comply with the regulations in force in both countries. Since these regulations are still under discussion, applicants will have to keep themselves informed and submit the required documentation in full before the approved Grant can be implemented. Without the necessary approval, the GIF Grant cannot start.
For experiments on animals, the agreement of the relevant institution's official commission on animal experimentation, pertinent to the proposal, must be submitted.
Applicants who are planning to conduct clinical trials of any kind must describe these tests in detail and include the appropriate permits in the proposal. 
Important.pngThe relevant bioethical approvals must be marked in the electronic submission of the proposal. In case the proposal is approved, (an) up to date approval/s must be
                 provided in English, on the stationery of the relevant authorities. 

GIF Regular Program

As part of the documents required to start the Grant, all PIs are obliged to submit 
  • The relevant Bioethical Certificates of Approval
  • ​The stamped and signed “Request for Postponed Submission Date for Bioethical Certificates of Approval” form (available here).
Please note: The postponement of submission dates for Bioethical Certificates of Approval is subject to approval by GIF prior to the original starting date of the Grant. The request form is to be submitted to GIF no later than 30 days before the starting date of the Grant.
The form for starting the Grant without providing the relevant ethics approvals in advance indicates the dates by which the research tasks for which the approvals are needed are scheduled to start.
The relevant certificates are then to be submitted to GIF until the task starting date stated in the form.
Should there be any change in the research plan changing the date of the task for which the certificate is required, it is the responsibility of the grantees to inform GIF of the new date by which the certificate will be needed, and to submit the certificate by this date.
In case no Bioethical Certificate of Approval is submitted until the stipulated date, the Grant will be frozen (i.e. no expenditures can be charged to the grant budget by any of the PIs in the Grant) until the Certificate has been submitted. The period during which the grant is frozen will be counted as no-cost extension of the Grant. The maximum duration for which the grant can be frozen in order to obtain the pending Bioethical Certificate of Approval is 12 months. The total duration of the grant cannot exceed 4 years from the original starting date.

GIF Young Scientists’ Program

As part of the documents required to start the Grant, the PI is obliged to submit the relevant Bioethical Certificates of Approval. The Grant can start only after the certificate has been received by GIF.
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