Call for Proposals for German-Israeli Minerva Schools 2016



The Minerva Foundation is inviting proposals to hold a German-Israeli Minerva School in 2016.


Minerva Schools may be held in all areas of research with a focus on young Israeli and German scientists (i.e. especially post-doctoral- and doctoral students). Minerva Schools aim at enabling first contacts, scientific discourse, exchange of ideas and also interaction with select senior scientists. In this sense the funding provided is seed money to establish new collaborative efforts. Scientists from German universities and non-university research institutions as well as from the six Israeli universities and the Weizmann Institute are eligible for applications. The venue may be in either Germany or Israel. In both countries, the participants should come from different institutions.


Minerva Schools are funded with up to EUR 25,500. The funding shall be spent to support all junior scientists (especially post doctoral- and doctoral students) involved and cover their travel, boarding, and lodging expenses. Senior scientists (lecturers) may also receive financial support, however no honoraria.


Please send proposals in English only (by e-mail and normal post) and include the following points:


      Content and subject area that the Minerva School will be dealing with

      Specific topics to be addressed during the school

      Future impact of the school for the field of research

      Planned course of the programme (including a schedule)

      Expected participants and lecturers (names and institutions), please state that the attendees have already confirmed their participation. (The ratio between the numbers of Israeli and German participants should be approximately equal.)

      Budget (if the costs exceed 25,500, please mention the source(s) for the additional funds) see enclosure

      Conference venue and date

      Co-operating institutions

      Name and affiliation of the organizer and co-organizer


Please note that your proposal for a Minerva School should not involve similar/identical topics or the same group of people as previous ones (


Because selection is competitive it is recommended to submit a detailed proposal (average: 4-6 pages).


The deadline for submitting applications is 10 July 2015. Please address your proposal to:


Minerva Stiftung, Ms. Sieglinde Reichardt

Hofgartenstr. 8, 80539 München


Tel. +49-(0)89-2108-1242, Fax: +49-(0)89-2108-1222

Enclosure/Call for Proposals for German-Israeli Minerva Schools




Eligible Expenditures


On principle, only costs for the scientific part of the event can be taken into account. A subsequent increase of the lump sum following the grant is not possible.


The grant may be used for

    rent for accommodation

    costs for board and lodging

    travel allowances

    costs for supplement programs

    printed matter and office supplies

    postage and phone costs

    other material costs



Non-eligible Costs

The following items can, on principle, not be discounted at the expense of the project funds:

       personal salary of the project heads

       expenses for administrative duties


       costs for printing reports on congresses and seminars

       expenses for construction and installation measures

       operational and maintenance costs (e.g. electricity, gas, water, cooling agents), maintenance contracts

       contributions for property insurance, expenditures for letters of safe conduct

       expenses for the use of an institutes own service facilities (such as computing centers or other also scientific services) on the basis of an internal performance settlement

       expenses for apparatus which must be considered as up-to-date initial equipment (for the respective field)

       expenses for the supplementation or repair of apparatus which is not the property of the Minerva Foundation Ltd.

       turnover tax insofar as it can be deducted as input tax