Ful­bright of­fers NIS 1m. to pro­mote re­search

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By SARAH LEVI

A new ini­tia­tive is due to be an­nounced by the Ful­bright Foun­da­tion on Fri­day.

Of­fer­ing NIS 1 mil­lion in seed money to an Is­raeli higher-ed­u­ca­tion or re­search in­sti­tu­tion, the project’s goal is to strengthen ties be­tween the US and Is­rael through col­lab­o­ra­tive re­search and shared knowl­edge.

Dr. Anat Lapi­dot-Fir­illa, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the United States Is­rael Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion, the Is­raeli branch of the Ful­bright Foun­da­tion, spoke with The Jerusalem Post on Thurs­day about the po­ten­tial this ini­tia­tive has for im­prov­ing Is­raeli knowl­edge of the US.

While Is­rael’s higher-ed­u­ca­tion and re­search in­sti­tu­tions have much to of­fer aca­demics, Lapi­dot-Fir­illa sees this as an op­por­tu­nity to in­crease stud­ies about the US. “It is easy to learn about Is­rael while in the United States, but less so [for] learn­ing about the US in Is­rael,” she told the Post.

“This is not to say Amer­i­can stud­ies do not ex­ist here, we just want to en­cour­age more re­search,” she said. “We hope this will be a meet­ing point for any­one in­ter­ested in re­spon­si­ble knowl­edge in the US.”

The pro­gram’s vi­sion is to cre­ate what Lapi­dot-Fir­illa calls an “in­cu­ba­tor for re­search and pub­lic dis­course.”

She sees the tim­ing of this ini­tia­tive to be rather ap­pro­pri­ate. “This is re­ally needed, as there are lots of changes go­ing on here and in the United States. So it’s re­ally im­por­tant to give proper at­ten­tion to this type of re­search,” she said.

In­ter­ested in­sti­tu­tions have un­til De­cem­ber 15 to sub­mit a let­ter of in­tent, while the full ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line is April 2018, and the win­ner of the grant will be an­nounced in June 2018.

The foun­da­tion hopes that the money will go to­ward host­ing pub­lic events, such as con­fer­ences and sem­i­nars, and of­fer­ing travel grants to re­searchers from both the US and Is­rael.

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