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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 2013
    Dr. Janet MacDonald,
    Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

    who submitted a proposal together with
    Prof. Uri Banin,
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

    collaborating on: Hybrid Nanoparticles of Wurtzite-Copper Indium Sulfide

    Dr. Haim Beidenkopf,
    Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
    who submitted a proposal together with
    Prof. Ali Yazdani,
    Prof. R, Cava
    Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA
    collaborating on: Edge and Surface States in Interleaved Two and Three Dimensional Toplogical Insulators