Government designates NIS 700 million for returning academics

Gavriel Fiske is a reporter at The Times of Israel

The government has allocated some NIS 700 million to a new seven-year program aimed at bringing Israeli academics back to Israel, the Finance Ministry announces.

The program is aimed at returning “the best researchers in the world” to Israel and preserving “Israel’s position as a leader in global innovation, against the backdrop of rising antisemitism on university campuses worldwide,” the statement says.

The program will fund postdoctoral students, research grants and advanced research laboratories, among other initiatives, the ministry says.

The project is a joint program of the Finance Ministry, the Education Ministry, the Absorption Ministry and the Innovation, Science and Technology Ministry.

“This is a groundbreaking program that will allow us to strengthen Israel’s connections and bring home researchers who are dealing with an unprecedented wave of antisemitism. I want to thank all the partners who joined the move,” says Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich.

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