Research & Laboratories
The joint research authority of MIGAL & Tel-Hai College (THC) was established in 2010 to promote and support research activities conducted by the faculty members of THC and all MIGAL scientists. The Research Authority (RA) has adapted an active role in promoting and even leading proposal writing from the developing stage to submission. The RA has initiated research contact between MIGAL & THC scientists and researchers in other universities, industry and institutes in Israel and elsewhere (mostly Europe).
Objectives and Functions
- The RA objectives were clearly defined in a working paper agreed upon between MIGAL and THC.
- The RA will map the research capabilities of all the scientists in MIGAL and THC.
- The RA will actively search call for proposals from government ministries, Israel Science Foundation (ISF), BSF, GIF, BARD, BMBF, European programs, industry and other funding agencies.
- The RA will match researchers' expertise with the appropriate call for proposals and will assure that the scientists understand the calls. The RA promotes communication between the researchers and the various funding agencies & prepares workshops for information transfer and help in partner finding.
- The RA will lead major institutional proposal writing.
- The RA will lead and support all the logistical interactions between the funding agencies including industry and the scientists of THC & MIGAL.
The RA will initiate and organize workshops to improve the ability of the researchers to write competitive grants.
The RA would provide statistical advice and support including advanced seminars and workshops on complex statistical design and analyses.
- The RA will manage the scientific communication fund of THC. This fund supports travel to scientific conferences in Israel and abroad.
- The RA provides financial support for editing of manuscripts, grant proposals and the publication of books and monographs by the faculty members of THC.
- The RA provides administrative and logistical support to funded projects as well as advice in budget preparation.
- The RA helps recruiting of technical personnel for funded projects.
- The RA initiates internal competitive call for proposals to promote preliminary research that would lead to external funding.
Currently the RA consists of the following positions: 1. RA head, Prof. M. Iggy Litaor, 2. Europe desk, Prof. Uri MarHaim, 3. Industry desk, Emma kvitinski, and 4. Research development manager, Dr. Rinat Ezra. In addition, the RA receives budgetary and other administrative support for managing contracts and grants.
The overall supervision on the RA activity is being done by the steering committee which includes MIGAL's CEO and chief scientist, THC's president, CEO and assistant director general.
Bio-Medical Research Authority (RA) for the Galilee Area
MIGAL & THC joint RA will form the foundations for a wider comprehensive RA including the regional hospitals and colleges mainly focusing their research activity on Bio-medical research.
Biomedical RA Scope
Supporting the local physicians and other medical teams in the conduct of pre-clinical and clinical research studies.
Increasing the amount of joint research ventures where a few hospitals and or colleges in the Galilee region cooperate.
Bio-medical RA main Deliverables
Developing the relationships with new industry contacts, such as Pharma, Medical device firms or Clinical Research Organisations (CROs) in an attempt to increase the number of clinical trials taking place in the Galilee region.
Identifying research calls relevant to the portfolio of researchers in the Galilee region.
Identifying other sources of funding, including national and international funding sources (e.g., European Union, The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor).
Supporting Medical Doctors (MDs) and Medical teams
Providing support and advice in different stages of research planning (background preparation, budget planning). Providing support in writing the research grants. Facilitating submissions to Helsinki Committee. Identifying new source of funding and achieving funds for research studies taking place at the Galilee Region. Encouraging collaboration with investigators outside of the Galilee Region. Facilitating the preparation of legal contracts (including their appendixes) in accordance with the sponsors' requests and ensure all necessary insurance and indemnity are in place. Providing the required statistical support throughout the research lifespan, i.e. planning, collecting and analysing the data. Supporting the publication of research results (editing the articles; etc.).