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MEMORIAL AWARDS Professor E.D. Bergmann Award
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Professor E.D. Bergmann played a leading role in initiating the establishment of the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, and was deeply involved in its activities.  He served in consecutive years as chairman and vice chairman of the Board of Governors until his death in 1975.

Professor Bergmann was internationally recognized for his significant contribution to organic chemistry.  He also helped establish science institutions, foundations and other organizations that served to advance science and technology in Israel.  One of his special interests was the encouragement of and assistance to young scientists. Seeking a way to honor his memory, in February 1976, the Board of Governors established a special award in his name to be given annually to promising young scientists.

The award - The Bergmann Memorial Award consists of a grant of $5,000.  Awards will be made annually to young scientists who are recipients of new BSF grants, judged on the basis of the quality of their proposals.

Eligibility - Eligible candidates are recipients of newly awarded BSF grants who earned their PhD/MD degrees within the past ten years on the date of submission. For an MD-PhD it is the date of the earliest degree. 

Application - No special applications need be made.  Every new BSF grant recipient who meets the eligibility criteria automatically becomes a candidate.

Selection - The selection will be made by the BSF, and grants may be awarded to several young investigators whose proposals are judged to be of exceptional merit.

In the event that none of the eligible candidates attains the required level of excellence in any year, no award will be made that year.

Terms of the Award - The Bergmann Memorial Awards are given in addition to the investigators' regular BSF grants. The funds may be used by recipients to further their research in any way they choose - subject to the approval of the BSF - at any time during the period of their BSF grants.

Recipients of the Bergmann Memorial Award 2014
    Dr. Elana Zion Golumbic,
    Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel

    who submitted a proposal together with
    Prof. David Poeppel,
    New York University, USA

    collaborating on: Selective Attention and Distraction at a Cocktail Party: an Investigation of Neural Mechanisms

    Dr. Inon Scharf
    Tel Aviv University, Israel

    and

    Dr. Jonathan Pruitt
    University of Pittsburgh, USA

    collaborating on: Stress, Development and Animal Personality

    Dr. Eyal Privman,
    University of Haifa, Israel
    who submitted a proposal together with
    Prof. David Shoemaker
    USDA, Agriculture Research Center,Gainesville, FL, USA
    collaborating on: Hybridization Genomics of Introduced Fire Ant Species