Koret Foundation Awards $10 Million for Bioinformatics, Smart Cities

Koret Foundation Awards $10 Million for Bioinformatics, Smart Cities

Tel Aviv University (TAU) has announced a five-year, $10 million grant from the Koret Foundation in support of joint initiatives with the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University.

The grant will bring together leading scholars and scientists from TAU, Berkeley, and Stanford to conduct multidisciplinary research in the fields of bioinformatics/computational biology and smart cities and digital living. The Koret Program for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, which will be run jointly by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at TAU and the Center of Computational Biology at Berkeley, will support the development of computational tools that integrate genetic, genomic, and other patient data for medical purposes. To that end, the program will award joint research grants at both institutions, hold annual workshops and seminars, and support a visiting scientist program and a joint summer research program.

The Koret Program for Smart Cities and Digital Living will fund a joint effort at TAU and Stanford aimed at advancing basic and applied research in data science with the potential to enhance safety, efficiency, and quality of life in cities while supporting communication across people and organizations. To be housed at the Stanford School of Engineering's Department of Management Science & Engineering, the program will award initial and bridging grants to help advance promising big data projects to the prototype and proof-of-concept stage and will host an annual conference to help match industry needs and academic research.

"We are tremendously excited to support research collaboration between leading faculty that will have practical implications for all of us around the world," said Koret Foundation president Anita Friedman. "We look forward to seeing what the pioneers of these fields from Israel and the United States can do together."

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