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Federal German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)

Award for Research Cooperation and
High Excellence in Science

A Research Award for German-Israeli Cooperation Funded by the Federal German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and Administered by Minerva

· Programme Information
· Nomination, Eligibility,
   and Selection
· Nomination Procedure
· Use of Funds
· Earlier Awardees

* Programme Information

Deadline for Nominations: June 20th, 2018

Programme Information is available as PDF-file or RTF-file.

Programme Information (PDF, 231 KB)

Programme Information (RTF, 189 KB)

The purpose of ARCHES is to recognise and reward outstanding contributions to research as well as to strengthen German-Israeli scientific collaboration. The award will be presented annually to German-Israeli research teams headed by two highly-qualified and talented young scientists ("Principal Investigators") who must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • The Principal Investigators must have completed their doctorate no earlier than in 2008.
  • The PIs are already internationally recognized in their field.

The teams are expected to produce outstanding academic achievements in international collaboration, not least with the assistance of this award.

ARCHES will be bestowed on such teams where a discernible impact on their field of research in general is to be expected by their projects, regardless of whether these teams have been collaborating prior to the application or will only enter into collaboration with ARCHES funds.

ARCHES focuses on all areas within the natural and engineering sciences, the life sciences, and the humanities. ARCHES nominations can be divided into the following three research sections:

Chemistry, Physics, Technology and Mathematics

Life Sciences - Studies in all Areas of Biology and Preclinical Medicine

Humanities, Cultural Sciences, Sociology, Political Sciences, Economics and Law

ARCHES is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and administered by Minerva.

ARCHES is awarded every two years to three research teams (one team from each research section) with 266,000 EUR for each of the three teams. Funding goes in equal parts to each of the two Principal Investigators of a team (i.e. 133,000 EUR each). Each research team should be composed of a Principal Investigator from Germany and a Principal Investigator from Israel. Only such research teams will be successful whose projects are scientifically promising and innovative, future-oriented, and of mutual and equal interest to both sides. The principal criteria to be used as a basis of selection for the award are scientific excellence of the candidates and the quality of the proposed research project.

Decisions will be made by the end of October 2018 and the awardees will be informed forthwith.

More Information about Nomination, Eligibility, and Selection, Nomination Procedure, Use of Funds.