Prof. Rami Rahamimoff (1937 – 2008) was a world renowned scientist who played a key role in the leadership and governance of the BSF, and was the recipient of numerous BSF grants before joining its Board.
Prof. Rahamimoff was a professor of physiology at the Hebrew University, and was awarded the Israel Prize in Medicine in 1998. Born in Sofia in 1937, Prof. Rahamimoff earned his M.D. in 1963 from the Hebrew University, where he continued to become a full professor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical campus. He served as Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Health from 2001 until his death, and won international recognition for his pioneering work on calcium regulation of synaptic transmission.
In light of this contribution, and his life’s work in science and medicine, the BSF has decided to honor Prof. Rahamimoff’s memory by naming the new travel grants program for young scientists after him.
- The Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program is open to PhD students doing research that requires facilities or expertise not available in their home countries.
- In 2015 the program will have two CALLS, and each will support 10 trips. Grants are for $4,000 each.
- The trips will be only to a higher education or a research facility in the U.S.A. (for Israelis) or Israel (for Americans). The program will not support participation in conferences or trips by late-stage PhD students.
- Each trip will be for a maximum length of 2 months.
- Applicants must be U.S. or Israeli citizens.
- The applicant, rather than his thesis advisor, must write the application.
- Applicants must be conducting supervised research towards a PhD in an accredited higher education institution, or in a non-profit research institution (government or other, including hospitals).
- Submitting an application before the PhD research program/plan is formally approved by the university is not recommended.
- Students in their last year of PhD studies are not eligible to submit applications to the program.
- The BSF will only accept applications that are in the scientific fields it supports. For a full list, see Eligible Areas of Research. The split program does not apply to Travel Grants; applications in all fields supported by the BSF can be submitted each year.
- Applicants must be 35 years old or younger.
- Israeli and American students doing research in the other country are not eligible to apply.
- A student who was previously awarded a grant in this program is not allowed to submit again.
Applications will be evaluated by a special committee on the basis of their merit in light of the overall aim of the program, and the qualifications of the candidates. In particular, the significance of the trip to the candidate's research will be estimated.
One of the criteria frequently used by the panel is the stage of the research program. Trips planned very early or very late in the research program are often not approved.
- The budget for each trip is fixed at $4,000 and will cover travel costs and per-diem expenses. Trips are limited to 2 months.
- The BSF will not provide funding for institutional overhead.
- Both Israeli and American students must submit through the university from which they will graduate. Students who are doing their research at a hospital or other research institution must also submit their applications through the university from which they will graduate.
- Each university will be limited to no more than 5 applicants.
- Cover and signature page (to be downloaded from the BSF website in the Guidelines and Forms section). The form must be completed in 12-point font and 1.5 line spacing. Since it is not protected, the applicants are requested to make sure that the top and bottom letterheads are not lost.
The cover page must be signed in the proper places by:
- The applicant
- The institutional authority of the university (must also include email address!)
- Letter of support from the applicant's supervisor.
- Letter of acceptance and support from the intended host scientist.
- CV of the applicant.
- All items should be submitted as one complete Word or PDF file.
Submission must be made through the appropriate office in the applicant's university.
Applications must be submitted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with all of the required material as an attachment in Word or PDF format.
Applications must reach the BSF office no later than May 14, 2015. Announcements of final award decisions will appear on the BSF website approxomately July 10, 2015.
The Call for Proposals and submission instructions can be found here.