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The Forum for National Research and Development Infrastructure (the acronym TELEM in Hebrew) was established by the Academy in 1997
The goal of the TELEM Forum was to pool various governmental budgetary resources – and catalyzing the participation of others – to undertake major joint science and technology initiatives in the national interest. Since 2005, the Ministry of Economy has taken over administrative responsibility for the Forum.
TELEM’s members are the heads of Israel’s major national research-funding organizations: President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (TELEM’s Chair), chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of Israel’s Council for Higher Education, chief scientist of the Ministry of Economy, director general of the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space, head of the Research and Development Division of the Ministry of Defense, and assistant head of the Budget Department of the Ministry of Finance.
Over the years, TELEM has initiated a string of scientific and technological projects, representing hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars in total, including the following:
Nanotechnology research and infrastructure – $231.5 million
Advanced photonics – $56 million
Second-generation broadband Internet communication initiative – $38 million
Brain research – $25 million
Particle accelerator for the Nahal Soreq SARAF nuclear research center – $25 million
Participation in the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) – $10 million
Establishing equipment centers for biotechnology R&D – $10 million
Stem cell R&D equipment – $10 million
Founding a national tissue bank – $8.9 million
Creating the basis for a national grid for shared computer resources –$2.6 million