Call for Proposals Grade Student and Post-Doctoral

Call for Proposal - Seeding Grant for University of Haifa Faculty Members

The Center for Cyber, Law and Policy (CCLP) was established by the University of Haifa in collaboration with the Israeli National Cyber Directorate.

The purpose of the CCLP is to develop the academic capacity necessary to advance cutting-edge research with theoretical and practical implications, and to inform public policy in Israel and around the globe on cyber legal and policy issues. The CCLP takes an interdisciplinary approach to the topic of cyber security which covers: legal research, social science, and innovative technologies. These should advance cyber security either via introducing new technologies, improving governance, national security, or innovation, protecting civil rights, or a combination of them, in the global cyberspace digital ecosystem.

The CCLP invites scholars, researchers, young scientists, graduate and post-doctoral students, and experts in cyber law and policy, to apply for research grants in the tracks described below (application must be submitted by no later than October 10th, 2019):


  1. Research Track

Eligibility: Faculty members of the University of Haifa. Faculty members of any accredited academic institution in Israel and/or prominent international academics or professional experts may collaborate with a member of the University of Haifa. Applications can be submitted by a single researcher. Funding: up to NIS 200,000 (approx. USD 58,000).

* Applicants who are not faculty members at the University of Haifa shall be required to register as adjunct researchers.

  1. Group Track

To further encourage researchers to approach their research in an interdisciplinary manner, we allow Research Track proposals to collaborate as a research group. A group proposal will aim at forming a group, based on distinct research projects of closely related subjects from different perspectives. A group proposal will be based on at least three (but possibly more) Research Track proposals, together with an additional proposal to form a group putting an emphasis on the expected synergy which the group offers (e.g., how one research track proposal would fit or support the other). Eligibility: Similar to that of the research track. The proposal must feature at least three Research Track proposals (please see above) and a group proposal for a related integrating project.

Funding: up to NIS 500,000 (approx. USD 133,000), which include the funding allocated to each Research Track proposal. Funding may exceed this sum at the discretion of CCLP based on the quality of the proposed group and its related Research Track proposals, the interdisciplinary quality of the group, and available resources.

* Applicants who are not faculty members at the University of Haifa shall be required to register as adjunct researchers.

  1. Fellows Track

Eligibility: Graduate students of any accredited academic institution in Israel interested in pursuing a research project towards an academic publication (e.g., peer review journal, book, patent). Funding: up to NIS 60,000 (approx. USD 17,500).

* Fellows will be required to attend a bi-weekly seminar at the University of Haifa and to register as CCLP Research Fellows.

  1. Visiting Researchers Track

Eligibility: Faculty, fellows and doctoral students, of any accredited foreign academic institution, interested in visiting CCLP for a period at least one month towards an academic publication (e.g., peer review journal, book, patent). Funding: CCLP will cover for travel and accommodation expenses throughout the visit. A limited honorarium may also be provided.

* Visiting researchers will be expected to attend a bi-weekly seminar at the University of Haifa and to register as CCLP Research Fellows.


This call focuses on the technological aspects of cyber security:

  • 5G’s security

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Cyber Security (including adversarial examples)

  • Anonymization of Data (attacks or defenses)

  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

  • Biometric identification

  • Cloud computing: storage, privacy and security challenges

  • Cryptographic techniques

  • Cyber terrorism

  • DNS over HTTP (DoH)

  • Measurement of Cyber Readiness (e.g., following training, changing incentives)

  • Security and Cyber-protection by Design

  • Protection of critical infrastructure

At the same time, proposals in other research interests of the center (related to cyber policy challenges) including the following themes, may be funded:

  • Accountability and risk management in cyber-security

  • Algorithmic decision-making

  • Cyber Attacks: legal, ethical and policy implications

  • Cyber, ethics and social norms

  • Cyber implications to International Humanitarian Law

  • Cyber insurance - international efforts for promoting, different attitudes towards government role, different approaches to insurance policies, the Israeli case

  • Cyberspace and national security strategies (e.g., Cyber-deterrence and role of cyber in conventional deterrence; Cyberspace effects on geopolitical interaction; Arms race and offense-defense balance in cyber; Cyber and cross-domain campaign planning; National level crisis-management and decision-making process in the cyber context)

  • Digital evidence
  • Economic implications of cyber-technologies (e.g., innovation, market regulation)

  • Encryption regulation and standard setting

  • Impact and measurement of cybersecurity regulation effectiveness

  • Information and communication technology multi-national corporations and their influence on Influence on cyber-security and cyber-risks (e.g., roles, duties, corporate responsibility, effects on democratic regime; relations with government; platforms regulation; legal implications of cross-border activities).

  • Information warfare in cyberspace (e.g. as a tool of national power, attacks on democracy)

  • Law and policy implications of Big Data

  • National and transnational aspects of cyber regulation


All applications must be completed in English and submitted electronically, clearly stating the track of submission.

Applications should include:

  1. A Research Proposal: up to a three-page description of the proposed research and its relevance to the current call (plus one page for references). Additional supporting material may be submitted and will be read at the discretion of the reviewers. Submissions exceeding these guidelines may be rejected without consideration of their merit.

The research proposal should include:

  1. A clear presentation of the research questions, their relevance to a specific theme, the state of the art, and the proposed solutions, methodologies or technical approaches the research intends to set forth, and their novelty.
  2. The qualification of the research team to perform the proposed research.
  3. A research plan and timetable, demonstrating the feasibility of conducting the proposed research within the time and funding limitations.
  4. A Research Budget: please see Annex for budget guidelines. Where applicable, the budget should indicate whether additional support is provided by other sources.
  5. Curriculum Vitae of PIs, including a list of publications.



All proposals will be peer reviewed. Selection for funding will be determined by CCLP's Scientific Committee on the bases of academic excellence and the availability of resources. All funding decisions are subject to approval by the CCLP Steering Committee. CCLP reserves full discretion as to awarding grants, including the option of not awarding any grant under this CFP.

Decisions on funding are expected in December. 



Grant recipients will be expected to:

  1. Lead their own research agenda, as well as collaborate with the CCLP faculty and fellows, and to contribute to the building of its academic community and reputation.
  2. Participate in a bi-weekly research seminar (for fellows and visitors), or to present their work at a CCLP conference/workshop.
  3. Submit a final research report describing the outcome of the research,
  4. Submit a paper for publication resulting from the research. Each publication supported by the grant will include an acknowledgment of CCLP.


Completed applications must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and received by October 23th, 2019.

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The research budget should be formulated subject to the following limitations:

  1. Stipends/Scholarships:
  2. Scholarships to graduate students (including post-doctoral): up to 100%.
  3. Salaries for researchers in a scientific research team: up to 40%.
  4. Technical personnel: up to 10%.
  5. Travel expenses (in Israel and abroad): up to 10%.
  6. Hosting foreign researchers in Israel: up to 10%.
  7. Equipment and computation power: up to 10%.
  8. Miscellaneous: up to 5%.
  9. Teaching: up to 25% and not exceeding 4 teaching units altogether for a year and for all researchers taking part in the research.