Thanks to the support provided by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the first scientific contacts between Germany and Israel, which Gerhard Schmidt and Amos de Shalit (both from the Weizmann Institute) and Otto Hahn, (then president of the Max Planck Society) initiated in 1959, have since developed into a comprehensive program that finances excellent individual and group projects at the Weizmann Institute.
The first agreement between the Minerva Foundation and the Weizmann Institute was signed in 1964 and financed nineteen projects and a total of fifty-two scientists and researchers at the Weizmann Institute. Since then, the agreement has been renewed each year and secured funding for roughly 2,000 projects in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and the biosciences. At the moment, approximately eighty projects receive a total of € 3,580,000 annually. Many of the projects are based on close cooperation with German scientists and serve frequently as springboards for new projects and partnerships.
Professor Marina Rodnina from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry chairs the Minerva Weizmann Committee which meets once a year in Rehovot for selecting the projects to be funded.
Minerva Projects Programme at the Weizmann Institute offers short-term visits
The Principle Investigators of the Minerva projects can invite German junior scientists for short visits to the Weizmann Institute, within the framework of their projects. Funding for these research stays will be provided to German doctoral candidates and postdocs by the Weizmann Institute. German Researchers interested in such a visit can submit their application directly to the respective Principle Investigator. For details and the list of ongoing projects see: