I-CORE - Israeli Centers Of Research Excellence I-CORE - Israeli Centers Of Research Excellence I-CORE - Israeli Centers Of Research Excellence Israeli Centers Of Research Excellence

The I-COREs

The I-COREs

The I-COREs

A “Center of excellence” is an association of outstanding researchers in a specific research field, who are current faculty members of different higher education institutions, for the purpose of promoting groundbreaking and innovative research. The center serves as an anchor for shared research infrastructure and research groups in this field, and allows optimal utilization of the scientific potential of Israel.

So far, 16 I-COREs have been established in a wide array of topics: The first wave of 4 I-COREs started operating on October 2011, and the second wave 12 I-COREs started operating on May 2013.


The research topics selected for the Centers were selected in a wide bottom-up process of consultation with the Israeli academic community, such that they reflect the genuine priorities and scientific interest of researchers in Israel. Out of the large number of suggestions received by researchers, specific topics were chosen by designated committees. Once the topics were announced, a call for proposal was issued inviting groups of researchers to submit proposals for the establishment of I-COREs in these topics.

 

The four centers that were established as part of the first wave are:
 

  1. Gene Regulation in Complex Human Disease - a group under the scientific management of Prof. Haim Cedar of the Hebrew University, consisting of researchers from the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, Sheba Medical Center and Hadassah Medical Center.
  2. Cognitive Sciences - a group under the scientific management of Prof. Yadin Dudai of the Weizmann Institute, consisting of researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Bar - Ilan University, the University of Tel - Aviv Jezreel Valley College Sourasky Medical Center.
  3. Algorithms - a group under the scientific management of Prof. Yishay Mansour of Tel Aviv, consisting of researchers from the Tel Aviv University, the Weizmann Institute and Hebrew University.
  4. Solar Fuels Consortium - a group under the scientific management of Prof. Gideon Grader Technion, consisting of researchers from the Technion, the Weizmann Institute and Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

 

The twelve centers that were established as part of the second wave are:
 

  1. Study of Modern Jewish Culture – a group under the scientific management of Prof. Richard Cohen of the Hebrew University, consisting of researchers from the Hebrew University, Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Tel-Aviv University.
  2. Education and the New Information Society – a group under the scientific management of Prof.Yael Kali of the University of Haifa, consisting of researchers from the University of Haifa, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Technion and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
  3. Empirical Legal Studies – a group under the scientific management of Prof. Ilana Ritov of the Hebrew University, consisting of researchers from the Hebrew University and the Technion.
  4. Mass Trauma Research - a group under the scientific management of Prof. Zahava Solomon of the Tel-Aviv University, consisting of researchers from the Tel-Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University, the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
  5. Abrahamic Religions - a group under the scientific management of Prof. Harvey Hames of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, consisting of researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University and the Open University.
  6. The Quantum Universe: Particles and Astro-particles - a group under the scientific management of Prof. Yosef Nir of the Weizmann Institute of Science, consisting of researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Sceience, the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University and the Technion.
  7. Light and Matter - a group under the scientific management of Prof. Mordechai Segev of the Technion, consisting of researchers from the Technion and the Weizmann Institute of Science.
  8. Astrophysics: from the Big Bang to Planets - a group under the scientific management of Prof. Tsvi Piran of the Hebrew University consisting of researchers from the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University, the Technion and the Weizmann Institute of Science.
  9. Chromatin and RNA Gene Regulation - a group under the scientific management group of Prof. Nir Friedman of the Hebrew University consisting of researchers from the Hebrew University, Bar-Ilan University, the Technion, the Weizmann Institute and Sheba Medical Center.
  10. Structural Biology of the Cell - Biophysics and medical technology - a group under the scientific management of Prof. Gideon Schreiber of the Weizmann Institute of Science consisting of researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel-Aviv University and the Technion.
  11. Plant Adaptation to Changing Environment - a group under the scientific management group of Prof. Hillel Fromm of the Tel-Aviv University consisting of researchers from the Tel-Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Hebrew University and the Weizmann Institute of Science.
  12. Physical Approaches to Dynamic Processes in Living Systems - a group under the scientific management of Prof. Amit Meller of the Technion consisting of researchers from the Technion, Bar-Ilan University, the Hebrew University, Tel-Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science.