Mauerberger Foundation Fund Award for Transformative Technologies & Innovation for Health Needs in Africa

Call for grant proposals 2023

The Mauerberger Foundation Fund (MFF) Award for Transformative Technologies and Innovation for Health Needs in Africa will draw upon Israeli-African inventiveness and innovation in science with a focused impact on tackling major development needs of Africans.


The Award will be made annually to scientists based at the Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University working in collaboration with African counterparts on the basis of the potential for their contributions to create products, treatments, processes, applications, or technologies that are suitable for use in areas lacking in infrastructure and economic resources.


Award winners will be able to solve development problems using sound science and an entrepreneurial spirit of being results-focused. We will prioritize researchers who offer high impact and low resources programs.


This grant brings together excellence in research among basic scientists (tenure-track Faculty members from the Faculty of Medicine at TAU) and physicians and PhD researchers (TAU Faculty of Medicine members from affiliated hospitals and HMOs*).


The Research Fund will provide up to 2 research grants in the amount of $25,000 supporting fundamental and translational research into the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.


The proposal should outline the vision, deliverables, and overall goals of the initiative, and the research priorities of its research themes. MFF’s innovative grant program will support the exploration of novel and innovative ideas, with the potential for breakthrough science.


Eligible to apply: TAU tenure-track faculty members or TAU faculty members from one of the TAU-affiliated hospitals or HMOs (MD or PhD, on clinical or regular track). 


Length of grant: 1 year, with ability to request extension to a second year based on performance in the first year.


The budget will be maintained by the Research Authority at TAU. All grants that pass eligibility rules will be reviewed competitively by an ad hoc review committee.


Application for $25,000 research grant

Format for research grants proposal

  • Scientific background
  • Research aims
  • Methodology*
  • Budget justification
  • Preliminary data (if available)

Include letter of endorsement from Dean/Head of School


Limit up to 3 pages (includes figures), font Arial or Times New Roman 11, 1.5 space. References can be beyond 3 pages.


Add CV of each applicant – NIH Biosketch or similar format.


All applications, after passing the Grant Committee’s initial evaluation for suitability, will be evaluated by external referees. The Grant Committee reserves the right to reject applications if they do not meet the criteria. Reports will be required at the end of the year of funding.


*For clinical research, please submit the Helsinki authorization or statement that the request is in progress. For research involving animals, please submit IACUC authorization or statement that the request is in progress. If funding for both non-clinical and clinical research, please separate each type of research in different sections.


Prof. Ronen Zaidel-Bar, Dr. Keren Shatzman


DEADLINE: June 30, 2023


Refer any questions to Dr. Keren Shatzman


Please upload application in 1 pdf file here


MFF Grant Call 2023


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