What we do
Any scientist engaged in brain research at one of Israel’s national universities, research institutes, or hospitals can submit proposals to AFNIPI for consideration. AFNIPI’s Expert Board requires a competitive evaluation of all proposals and may also seek input from the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel (NIPI) or from any other scientific advisors that can assist with the selection process. Additional information about AFNIPI’s and NIPI’s Boards is provided below.
AFNIPI is also open to supporting brain research in Israel that has been vetted by any organization with an acceptable scientific review process, through its own grant review process. Through this process, AFNIPI strives to become a key contributor to brain research in Israel - leading the fight against diseases of the brain and encouraging Israeli scientists to work in Israel. AFNIPI’s support helps fight degenerative, behavior and developmental disorders.
AFNIPI's national, rather than institutional, focus is quite unique among philanthropic initiatives that support biomedical research in Israel. We fund grantees at all Israeli universities, research institutes and major hospitals.
Through this process, AFNIPI has the goal of becoming a central player in brain research in Israel, leading the fight against diseases of the brain and encouraging Israeli scientists to work in Israel.
Up to the present time, grants from AFNIPI have funded research that has been previously reviewed by the National Institute for Psychobiology in Israel (NIPI). NIPI grants are awarded competitively, after review by the Scientific Advisory Board, with representatives from every major research university and hospital in the country, and local and foreign external reviewers and our own, AFNIPI, expert board. Its annual grants, leveraged by matching allocations from partner institutions, now total two million dollars annually. These grants have led to breakthroughs in Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, depression, dyslexia, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to mention a few.
NIPI’s largest investment is in its Young Investigator Grant program, which provides researchers newly appointed to faculty positions with two years of non-salary financial support to conduct innovative research. The Charles E. Smith Fellowship in Honor of Prof. Joel Elkes is awarded to the most outstanding of these young researchers, and offers three years of research support. The Charles E. Smith Extended Grants in Memory, and new parallel grants in Basic and Clinical Psychobiology sponsor in-depth and broad-scale research projects of more veteran researchers who have attained positions up to associate professor. These grants, providing support for three years, enable outstanding researchers to conduct innovative projects on memory, and in the different realms of basic and clinical areas of psychobiology. The National Core Facility Grant supports a unique facility serving the entire psychobiology community with state-of-the-art equipment and know-how, otherwise not available in Israel. The Institute funds a balance between basic science initiatives – such as fundamental research into memory, perception, and cognition – and clinical, genetic and pharmacological research. We take great pride in our grant recipients from both research paths.
Our grant review process:
Once grants are reviewed and approved by any national voluntary organization that reviews competitive research proposals from scientists in Israel, AFNIPI performs its own review. This process is conducted by a committee of the Board of AFNIPI, which reviews the quality of the review process by the voluntary organization, and the appropriateness of the proposed grant for the goals of AFNIPI.
AFNIPI plans, on an annual basis, to fund several grants. Typically, December 31 will be the deadline for applications for first year funding and April 30 for second and third year funding. AFNIPI’s expert board will review submissions on a rolling basis. The review process normally takes six months for a scientific review process within Israel, and another month for the review process by AFNIPI.