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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: January 15th, 2018

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

Programme Information (PDF, 153 KB)

Programme Information (RTF, 191 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 2007.
  • - 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.

On an annually alternating basis, ARCHES focuses on areas within the natural and engineering sciences, the life sciences, and the humanities. In 2017/2018 ARCHES focuses on scientific research in the field of

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.

This year ARCHES is awarded to one research team with 200,000 EUR. Funding goes in equal parts to each of the two Principal Investigators of a team (i.e. 100,000 EUR each). The 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 in April 2018 and the awardees will be informed forthwith.

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