Call for Proposals 2017-2018

“Zimin Institute for Engineering Solutions Advancing Better Lives” The Zimin Institute for Engineering Solutions Advancing Better Lives (“Zimin Institute”) is interested to harness the research carried out by TAU researchers towards generating solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, in areas such as water purification, pollution and toxin monitoring, battling disease, renewable energy, cyber-security and many more. The Zimin Institute will support research projects within the yearly Scope of Research.

This year the Scope of Research is:

1. Artificial Intelligence:

a. Deep learning.

b. Medicine and life sciences applications.

2. Advanced sensors

Selection criteria

  • There is no limitation to project’s disciplines as long as they are within the Scope of Research and are for the benefit of humanity
  • Proposals can focus either on one discipline or be of interdisciplinary character. However, preference will be given to interdisciplinary projects
  • Priority will be given to projects that combine engineering with other disciplines and to projects with applicative potential (material, method or technology that advances humanity within the scope of research
  • Academic excellence of the PI
  • The contribution of the proposal for a better world
  • Clear, detailed and justified budget


Projects will be selected by a scholar’s committee appointed and headed by the Vice President for Research and Development of Tel Aviv University. The committee will select for support up to 5 promising research projects on a competitive basis. Grants shall be $50,000-$100,000 per year for 1-2 years. Grant committee may increase the budget per need and availability. 25% matching by the University is required. University matching will be IN KIND and will be mentioned in the proposal’s budget. A progress report will be required within two months after completion of the grant.

Submission Instructions and deadlines

  • Principal investigators should be faculty members (at all levels of tenure track).
  • Proposals should be submitted in English.
  • An abstract is required which clearly outlines the overarching goals of the research proposal (not exceeding 250 words)
  • The research project description should not exceed 5 pages (1.5-line spacing, 12-point characters), excluding references, CVs (2 pages max each), budget, and budget justification.
  • Budget items may include student fellowships, postdocs, specialist time, equipment, consumables, disposables and/ or services (such as: computing, data analysis costs). Workshop support is also possible.
  • 25% matching by the University is required. University matching will be IN KIND and should be mentioned in the proposal’s budget.
  • Endorsement by the Dean or School Head or equivalent should be attached.

The deadline for submission of the proposals is Sunday March 18, 2018. Certificate of Recognition

The awardees are expected to participate in the event for the Zimin Institute which will take place during the Board of Governors meeting (scheduled to take place May 4, 2018 10:00). The awardees will be obliged to introduce themselves and to participate in a presentation during the event. Nominees should be aware that participation in the awards ceremony is obligatory; applications will not be considered if the applicant cannot validate his/her participation in the ceremony.



Researchers should submit the proposal electronically as PDF or Word files to Sharon Paz:

For further information, please contact: Mrs. Sharon Paz Project Director Vice President’s Office for Research and Development Tel: 972-3-6408475

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