Scientific Collaboration

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Promoting partnership between the Weizmann Institute and UK Universities through a range of collaborative programmes is a key part of our work.

“There is no substitute for international collaboration between scientists, and UK-Israeli partnerships are no exception. I see scientists from both countries meet, discover and grow through these partnerships. The results benefits not only both countries, but the entire world.”
Prof. Ada Yonath, Winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry and founding member of the UK-Israel Science Council.

Weizmann UK Making Connections

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"The grant gave us something not related to science…when one UK student spent 6 weeks enjoying the wonderful Weizmann Institute, she got to know Israeli culture, and spent weekends travelling around the country learning about its history and its wonders. As people often do when they get to know Israel, she fell in love with it. So the Making Connections and BIRAX grants give us the best gift of all…that of friendship." 
Prof.Maya Schuldiner, Department of Molecular Genetics.

Making Connections is the dynamic programme which lies at the heart of Weizmann UK’s mission. We are making connections between Israel and the UK; establishing networks across frontiers and beyond politics.

Since 2008, with thanks to the generous support of the Dorset Foundation and UK philanthropists, Weizmann UK has been able to provide over 38 grants of $100,000 for collaborative research projects, in a variety of fields, between researchers at the Weizmann Institute and those from over 24 UK universities and research institutes. 

As well as scientific research collaborations, Weizmann UK has supported and hosted Making Connections symposia providing further opportunities for intellectual exchange and networking.

Both the research grants and symposia have initiated and developed strong collaborations between Weizmann and UK scientists. For example, the Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Avishay Gal-Yam has received two Making Connections grants with different collaborating partners as well as participating in ‘The Cosmic Enigma’ symposium held at UCL in June 2010.

For me this programme has been a tremendous success and I have really moved the UK up the list of countries I work with. Now my main EU connection is the UK
Prof. Avishay Gal-Yam, Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics

Since receiving his first grant with collaborating partner, Dr Mark Sullivan (University of Oxford), the pair have gone on to publish over 40 papers together and create new UK-Weizmann collaborations.

Applications for Making Connections grants must be made via Weizmann scientists and a call for proposals for these is made annually. If you are a UK scientist wishing to collaborate please contact your potential Weizmann partner.

For details on current and previous grants please click here

If you require any more information or have any questions please contact zila@weizmann.org.uk


Get Connected

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The Get Connected grant programme, generously funded by Lord Alliance, has been forging collaborations between life scientists from the Weizmann Institute and the University of Manchester (UoM) since 2010.

In March 2015 the Weizmann Institute of Science hosted a two day ‘Get Connected’ life science conference and celebrated the inauguration of the ‘Get Connected’ Prize which was awarded to Profs. Steffan Jung (WIS) and Werner Muller (UoM).

Most recently, these collaborative grants have led to two joint PhD programmes between the Weizmann Institute and University of Manchester. In 2016 two students from the University of Manchester will spend two years of their PhD programme at the Weizmann Institute before returning to the UK to complete their final year.

The Weizmann Institute and the University of Manchester share a unique connection due to the fact that Dr Chaim Weizmann, the founder of the Weizmann Institute spent many years at the University of Manchester where, in 1915, he developed his method of acetone fermentation which would have significant implications in years to come.

See examples of Get Connected projects

Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership

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BIRAX is a £10 million initiative of the British Council and British Embassy in Israel in collaboration with the Pears Foundation and the UJIA.

BIRAX funds cutting-edge research using stem cell and regenerative medicine therapies to tackle some of the world’s most challenging conditions and diseases including cardiovascular and liver disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s.

Since its inauguration, BIRAX has funded over fifteen collaborative UK-Israel scientific research projects as well as three conferences. Three of the grants have been awarded to UK-Weizmann Institute of Science collaborations. These include:

To find out about BIRAX, how to apply and more about the British Council’s work to connect UK and Israeli science please click here.

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