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UK and Israel announce medical research Fellowships scheme

The British Embassy in Israel and the British Council announced a new fellowship scheme for a state of the art medical research programme.

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Fellowship scheme for a state of the art medical research programme
Fellowship scheme for a state of the art medical research programme

The British Embassy in Israel and the British Council today announced a new fellowship scheme for a state of the art medical research programme. The fellowships form part of the Britain-Israel Research and Academic Exchange (BIRAX) Partnership, a multimillion pound bilateral research programme that promotes regenerative medicine research to find cures for the world’s worst diseases.

In order to deepen academic connections between the UK and Israel and to develop advanced regenerative medicine therapies, the BIRAX Regenerative Medicine Initiative will support research visits by UK and Israel researchers for up to six months to laboratories in the UK and Israel.

This fellowship programme follows seven joint projects which have been awarded up to £400,000 each for research over three years. Up to 30 Fellowships will be awarded, each worth up to £12,600 each.

The fellowship programme is an exciting opportunity for scientists to undertake visits to the UK and Israel to further their research experience, establish or strengthen research links, learn new techniques and research methods that are not available in their home laboratories, and to facilitate collaboration between the home and host research groups.

Commenting on the announcement, the UK’s Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould said:

The launch of this fellowship programme represents a major stepping up of scientific collaboration between Britain and Israel. We’re offering our most talented young scientists in both countries the chance to work with each other. The potential for this cooperation is huge - both our countries are scientific superpowers, with world class laboratories doing cutting-edge research. We should be natural partners in science, and this fellowship programme will help us fulfil that potential.

More information about the fellowships programme is available on BIRAX website.

Published 18 February 2013