|On March, 14, 2010 the Israeli government decided to adopt the plan formulated by the Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) of the Israel Council for Higher Education and Chairman of the Council for Higher Education (the Education Minister) for strengthening faculty research by creating over a period of five years up to 30 centers of excellence and encouraging the acceptance of new faculty members with a comprehensive multi-year budget of up to $450 million from the state budget and other budgets. The centers are designed to promote outstanding and innovative research in scientific fields which are selected each year.|
The program objectives:
• Strengthening scientific research in Israel and consolidating its position as one of the leaders in the world.
• Bringing (and bringing back) outstanding researchers to Israel as a key tool to strengthening the research capabilities and academic staff in academic institutions.
• Creating a critical mass of researchers and strengthening the comparative advantages in selected research fields in the various institutions.
• Improving and upgrading research infrastructure in universities.
• Encouraging academic innovation, including combinations between a number of subjects (multi-disciplinary).
• Maintaining and promoting teaching and advanced training in the areas selected.
• Encouraging research partnerships between higher education institutions including colleges.
The 2011 cycle selected four scientific fields:
• Systemic approaches to study the molecular basis of human diseases: a genomic study tailored therapy.
• Advanced study of cognitive processes.
• Topics in the front of computer science.
• Renewable and sustainable energy sources.
Requests were filed for nine centers, of which four were approved for funding.
The official website of ICORE program