In May 2018, the Foundation announced an additional $16 million grant to support the Blavatnik Initiative, furthering its work to advance interdisciplinary scientific research, discovery and development. The latest multi-year grant brings the total amount given to TAU by the Foundation over the years to more than $40 million.
In 2014, the Foundation announced $20 million in support to Tel Aviv University (TAU) to launch the Blavatnik Initiative, a multi-year program to advance interdisciplinary scientific research and development at the university. The Initiative, in part, launched the Blavatnik Center for Drug Discovery, which combines biological, chemical and computational research to develop new medications that will alleviate suffering and save lives.
It also launched the Blavatnik President’s Faculty Recruitment Discretionary Fund, managed by TAU’s President, to bolster the University’s academic development by supporting the recruitment of outstanding young Israeli scientists researching innovative areas of nanoscience, neuroscience, cyber, environmental studies, computational linguistics, tissue engineering, imaging, and more.
A portion of a $20 million Blavatnik Initiative went toward the creation of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center established in partnership with the Israel National Cyber Directorate. The Center advances awareness and solutions to the challenges that cyber poses to individuals, commercial enterprises and sovereign states worldwide. The Center seeks to become an international leader in its field, and to increase academic awareness and efforts to promote cyber security.
The Blavatnik School of Computer Science and the Computer Science Research Fund at Tel Aviv University supports advanced computer science research, particularly in high-impact areas that contribute to Israel’s economic prosperity. The Fund also supports outstanding research students studying for advanced degrees and who will be involved in academia and industry in the future.