Beginning in 2014, the Foundation has provided a total of $65 million 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 launched the Blavatnik Center for Drug Discovery, which combines biological, chemical and computational research to develop new medications to alleviate suffering and save lives.
The funding also created the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center established in partnership with the Israel National Cyber Directorate, to advance awareness and solutions to cyber-related challenges to individuals, commercial enterprises, and sovereign states.
The Initiative also launched the Blavatnik President’s Faculty Recruitment Discretionary Fund 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.
Finally, the Blavatnik School of Computer Science and the Computer Science Research Fund at Tel Aviv University supports advanced computer science research in high-impact areas that contribute to Israel’s economic prosperity.