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Call for Research Clusters

Planning the future of the Palestinian-German Science Bridge Cooperation


A long-term aim of the PGSB is to help build a scientific infrastructure in Palestine. Achieving this goal would

  • create jobs for young researchers and PGSB alumni,
  • help to make Palestinian universities more competitive in the global research community and,
  • help to meet the needs of Palestinians through research and development.

As the next step in reaching this goal, scientists are asked to propose ideas for research clusters. The call for proposals may be found  here (PDF, 899 kB) . Both, current PGSB participants and scientists interested in joining the science bridge are welcome to participate, and the call is open for ideas from all areas of scientific research with the following limitations:

  • A research cluster must consist of scientists from more than one Palestinian university, and multiple partners in Jülich.
  • In the proposal, the case needs to be clearly made that this research cluster is actively meeting a need/interest from Palestine, and is therefore likely to be successful there.

Why participate?

Participation in this call is a way for your ideas regarding the future of the Palestinian-German Science Bridge to be heard and to help connect your research interests in a network of researchers with common interests. The scope of this call goes beyond that for joint research and thesis projects (although this call will also be renewed for 2020), in that it is no longer operating on a bilateral level and is focusing on building strategic groups of researchers to shape the future of the cooperation.

Selected research projects will be highlighted and given a platform at PGSB Workshops, allowing scientists to develop their ideas and receive direct feedback from representatives from funding agencies, perspective partners and other experts. Depending on availability of funding, they will also be eligible for extra financing through the PGSB, for example for:

  • Further exploratory visits and staff/student exchange visits
  • PostDoc positions for a returner’s program

Successful research clusters will also be a focal point as we explore funding options for the future of our cooperation, in terms of determining the research fields and formats in which to pursue further activities. Additionally, scientists will be offered support in applying for their own research funding independently of the main project.

How to get started?

Scientists already active in a research cooperation should discuss ideas for a research cluster with their partners, as well as any other researcher they would like to bring into a potential cluster. The scope of the research cluster must go above and beyond that of a bilateral cooperation project by bringing in scientists with a variety of research interests.

Scientists without an active cooperation, or those already participating in the PGSB, but interested in proposing a cluster for which they see openings for more members, are also welcome to submit a proposal for a research cluster without already having a set group of partners. If the proposal is selected by the advisory committee, the scientist who submitted the proposal will be given a platform to find research partners at the next PGSB cooperation workshop.

For further information regarding the submission formalities, please see the  call (PDF, 899 kB) . The deadline for submitting a proposal is 29th February, 2020. Please use our  template (docx, 249 kB) for all submissions.


A successful cluster has been formed by neuroscientists at Ahliya University and Al-Quds University, as well as three scientists from Jülich. A schematic of their cluster activities, including the competences they bring to the neuroscience cluster, is presented below.

Graphic and idea of neuroscience lane courtesy of Mohammad Herzallah

The Palestinian-German Neuroscience Lane

Please contact the PGSB coordinators Dr. Ayman Al Haj Daoud ( or Dr. Cate Morgan ( with any questions or comments.




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Project Coordinator:
Dr. Caitlin Morgan
Phone: +49 2461 61-85216

Coordinator for Palestine:
Dr. Ayman Al Haj Daoud

Advisory Committee Chairs:

Prof. Dr. Ghaleb Natour
Scientific Director of PGSB
Director Central Institute of Engineering, Electronics and Analytics (ZEA)
Phone: +49 2461 61-5045

Prof. Imad A. Khatib
Secretary General PALAST
Phone: +9722 2960524/6