The Israeli Council for Higher Education (CHE) is planning to give approximately $56 million to a joint US-Israel research programme.
The US-Israel research programme is made up of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF).
This allocation of money to the NSF-BSF will enable the programme to run more scientific research projects between the two countries.
The NSF-BSF programme has been operating since 2013 with its core purpose being to encourage collaboration between American and Israeli researchers.
The prestigious programme responds to proposals from both countries and distributes grants in a number of fields of research.
In the past, research has been approved in: exact sciences, engineering, computer science, natural and life sciences, earth and environmental sciences, economics and psychology.
One of the benefits of the programme has been that Israeli scientists have gained an excellent worldwide reputation in the study of sciences and the opportunities to work with the American scientific establishment is significantly increased.
The programme also helps to improve the reputation of science in Israel and reinforcing internationalisation in the higher education system.
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Chair of the CHE’s Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) Professor Yaffa Zilbershats said: “The expansion of the NSF-BSF programme is an achievement for the Israeli higher education system. The United States is the world’s research superpower and its willingness, through the NSF, to significantly expand American investment in, and collaboration with, Israeli researchers and institutions demonstrates the strength and quality of Israeli research.
“The PBC has set the advancement of internationalisation as a central goal in its multiyear plan and allocates hundreds of millions of shekels per year to strengthen scientific ties with the United States, Europe and Asia.”
In addition to the increased to increasing the funding for NSF-BSF the PBC will also be increasing the number of postdoctoral scholarships for persons studying in Israel.
The PBC have also increased the support of postdoctoral scholarships granted to Israeli and American scientists in the framework of the Fulbright Israel United States-Israel Education Fund (USIEF).
The CHE will continue to strengthen scientific ties between Israel and the US and increase efforts at the internationalisation in Israeli higher education.
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