Israel National Experiences

Published: 08/03/2011 | Modified: 08/04/2014, 2:21 pm

Contact details of the institution hosting the BHO

 

Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

Government Offices, Building 3, Hakirya Hamizrahit
POB 49100, Jerusalem 91490
Phone: + 972-2-5411-101/ 171
Mail: varda@most.gov.il
URL website: www.most.gov.il/English
URL national EURAXESS portal: eracareers.most.gov.il

Bridgehead Organisation

The BHO is hosted by MOST, headed by Ilana Lowi, Director, Division for International Relations. MOST emphasizes the importance of infrastructure in research; therefore it supports scientific research with feasible and economic potential.

The Ministry supports the development of new technologies that may produce new-generation products: industrial, agricultural, medical and environmental products replacing older generations of products. This aim is pursued through guided practical research.

EURAXESS Services Centres

There are six ESCs hosted by research universities. The head of the ESC is usually the director of the research authority or his/her representative. Each centre includes the head of the ESC, an information officer and a database administrator.

Local Contact Points

There are no LoCPs in Israel.

Structure of the national network

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) is the national coordinator of EURAXESS in Israel and acts as the BHO. The six ESCs are hosted by universities. The network meets every six months and discusses the current EURAXESS issues. There is constant communication between the network members by email and phone.

  • Full-time equivalent staff:
  • Number of persons:
  • BHO:*
  • BHO: 3
  • ESC: *
  • ESC: 3 on the average
  • LoCP: *
  • LoCP: –

* There is no defined budget for EURAXESS operation and it is done on an in-kind basis. Therefore we cannot define full-time equivalent staff.

Declaration of Commitment (DoC)

All institutions in the network have signed the DoC.

National funding of the EURAXESS Services Network

The network is funded with local resources from MOST and from the universities.

Target groups of the Bridgehead Organisation

  • government
  • institutions
  • universities

Target groups of EURAXESS Services Centres/Local Contact Points

  • research communities

Relationship and communication between the BHO, the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility for Researchers (SG HRM), the National Contact Points (NCPs) and the Programme Committee

The BHO’s representative is one of the members of the SG HRM; hence collaboration is effective and they communicate on a regular basis.

The People NCP is located in ISERD (Israel-Europe R&D Directorate for the EU Framework Program). The BHO/ESCs and NCP communicate on a regular basis and constantly exchange information by email. They hold meetings twice a year.

In addition, there is an Israeli EURAXESS Forum (formerly WGPA) whose members are the BHO and the ESCs. They communicate constantly by email and hold meetings twice a year to discuss current EURAXESS issues.

 

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1. Israel national EURAXESS portal content development experience

Published: 10/05/2011 | Modified: 06/05/2014, 1:38 pm

The revamped Israeli national EURAXESS portal was launched in August 2010 according to the Commission’s pre-defined design.
The vision of the Israeli national portal, as defined by the participating members of EURAXESS Israel, is to become the leading resource for foreign researchers seeking research opportunities in Israel, as well as for Israeli researchers wishing to promote their research careers in Europe.

The national portal presents research opportunities, funding sources, and general and practical information.

Our two challenges during the development of the portal’s content were:

  • to gather accurate and relevant information for researchers;

  • to present the content in a clear, coherent and interesting manner.

In order to meet these two challenges, we divided the content into three focuses:

  • Research and funding opportunities: information was delivered from the university service centres.

  • General information about Israel and about research in Israel: information was collected from official sources—ministries and public organisations—in order to ensure and maintain the accuracy and reliability of the content.

  • Practical information about everyday life in Israel: information was collected from universities and from official sources.

Our advice:

As we discovered, the most important method for collecting accurate information from ministries and official sources is to establish an ongoing relationship with a specific contact person at the relevant institute. Official institutions’ websites are often not elaborate enough, and therefore it is difficult for researchers to find the information they need. When we, as the national portal’s editors, create an ongoing relationship with an official contact, it is easier for us to receive and provide the most accurate and detailed information and to make it available to our researchers through the portal.

A best practice example:

The BHO has developed a helpful contact with the National Insurance Institute in Jerusalem.
Due to the intricate bi-national social security conventions that Israel has signed with other countries, it is difficult for researchers to gain a thorough understanding of their rights. Due to this helpful contact, we refer interested researchers directly to the right department and person at the National Insurance Institute, thus sparing them time, bureaucracy and trouble.

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