Call for Research Proposals 2015

The Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center strives to create a vibrant, world-class, interdisciplinary research community around cyber security research at Tel Aviv University. Towards this goal, ICRC is soliciting proposals for funding research projects in all aspects of cyberspace security. The emphasis will be on interdisciplinary, groundbreaking and forward looking research that will establish ICRC as a world leader in cybersecurity research.  Both full research proposals (for a period of 1-4 years) and exploratory proposals (for up to 1 year) will be considered.


Research topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Data, computer, and network security
  • Hardware and embedded systems security
  • Cybersecurity oriented cryptography  and cryptanalysis
  • Design and analysis of security mechanisms
  • Early detection, warning and intervention
  • Security of cyber-physical systems and national infrastructures
  • Security of smart cities and Internet of Things
  • Human interaction and usability aspects of cyber security
  • Economics of cyber security
  • Finance and monetary systems in cyberspace
  • Regulation and legislation of cyberspace: national and international aspects
  • Privacy and  personal data in cyberspace
  • Anonymization and sanitization
  • Cybersecurity & information sharing: Legal, economic and cultural challenges and solutions
  • Ethics of cyberspace and cybersecurity research
  • Organizational aspects of cybersecurity
  • Civil liberties and information in cyberspace
  • Law enforcement in cyberspace
  • Political and military aspects of cyber security, cyber warfare
  • Social aspects of cybersecurity: Individuals vs. society, cyberspace professions
  • Cybersecurity education and awareness
  • Cybersecurity and artificial intelligence


The call is open to all the active academic staff at Tel Aviv University and their collaborators from Israel and abroad. Interdisciplinary and collaborative research is encouraged. Funding can be used for supporting graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and academic visitors, research assistants, as well as travel, literature, and equipment subject to limitations mentioned below. Principal Investigators at TAU may be eligible to university-funded salary supplement (תוספת ב) of up to 25% subject to budget restrictions and University regulations.


A. Main track proposals:

Proposed projects can last up to 4 years. Three types of projects will be considered:

1. Individual proposals of a single Principal Investigator (PI). These proposals are capped at NIS 250,000 per year.

2. Collaborative proposals of two or more PIs, either from the same academic unit or from different units.  The cap is NIS 600,000  per year.

3. Larger interdisciplinary proposals of three or more PIs from different academic disciplines. The cap is NIS 1,000,000 per year.


B. Exploratory proposals:

4. These are smaller proposals for more exploratory research. Here the cap is NIS 80,000 and the duration of the research project is up to one year.  


A PI can be any prominent professional in the relevant topic of research. However, proposals should specify a lead PI which is senior academic staff at TAU. In single-PI proposals, the PI can also be a PhD student, post-doctoral researcher or TAU researcher as long as a support letter from a senior academic staff member at TAU is provided.


The review process will consist of two stages. In the first stage, proposals should contain:

  • A two page description of the proposed research and its relevance to the current call. Additional supporting material can be submitted and will be read at the discretion of the referees. Please state clearly the track you apply for, and the duration of the proposed research;
  • CV of the principal investigator(s);
  • A declaration of current support for the PIs from other sources;
  • Detailed budget (please see appendix A-attached).


The PIs of main-track proposals that advance to the second stage will be asked to prepare a more detailed proposal.  Exploratory proposals will typically not be required to submit additional information.


An individual researcher can be a PI in at most two proposals. Proposals should be sent to The PIs may be invited for a personal meeting for further review, at the discretion of the academic committee


Important dates:

Submission deadline for exploratory, small and medium projects: no later than 18.01.2015, at 11:59 pm

Submission deadline for large projects:  no later than 29.1.2015, at 11:59 pm


The academic committee reserves its discretion as to awarding the grants, their internal division, including the option of not awarding any grant in one or more of the above types. The committee’s decisions will be final.


PIs of winning proposals will be required to provide a report on the results of the funded research at the end of each six months of the funding term and a final report at the end of the term. In addition, PIs will be required to take active role in the life of the ICRC. In particular they will be required to give public presentations of their research.  ICRC should be acknowledged in all public presentations and publications related to the funded research.


Detailed list of possible expenditure items and percentage caps:

  • Scholarships for graduate students: up to 100% of proposal
  • Scientific and technical staff: up to 40%
  • Travel: up to 10%
  • Equipment and literature: Up to 10%
  • Miscellaneous: Up to 5%


For more information and questions contact us via mail:


The Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center at Tel Aviv University is funded by generous grants from the Israeli National Cyber Security Bureau and the Blavatnik foundation.


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