Young Israeli scientists win a prestigious European grant, but could they be the last?
As the EU clamps down on channeling funds to the territories, there is no guarantee Israelis will continue to be eligible for the kind of 1.5 million-euro grant awarded this year to 32 young local scientists.
The last days of June went by slowly this year, and Dr. Galia Blum of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was already a bundle of nerves. The strain was immense, and she was having trouble concentrating. She checked her email inbox repeatedly in anticipation of a message that would determine her professional future. A reply was due back any day from the European Research Council regarding the grant application she...
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