Foundation / Corporation
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)
11/20/19 5:00 PM Israel Time (10:00 AM EST) - for Investigators in the Regular Grant Program
Grants to USA and Israel scientists affiliated with nonprofit organizations, including IHEs, government research institutions, and hospitals to carry out cooperative research across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Proposals must involve the active cooperation between USA and Israel-based scientists. Prior to the submission of applications, applicants must complete the cooperative arrangement necessary to present a joint application.
The BSF supports bilateral, cooperative research by U.S. and Israeli scientists conducted in both countries. Areas of research alternate on a yearly basis.
In odd calendar years (2019, 2021, etc) the BSF supports research projects in the following broad areas:
In even calendar years (2020, 2022, etc) the areas are:
Cooperative research is a fundamental requirement for the BSF and is viewed by the Foundation as active collaboration between Israeli and American scientists. A joint research program must be presented in the form of a single, coordinated application, in which the roles and tasks of the respective partners are clearly defined. Each application should have at least two principal investigators (but not more than six), one from an Israeli institution and one from a U.S. institution.
Cooperation should involve joint planning of research and evaluation of results, and may take the form of:
Although not mandatory, the BSF expects that if the research leads to publications, they will be authored jointly by the Israeli and American PIs, expressing the collaborative nature of the work.
The BSF also expects that the PIs from both countries will be involved in preparing the application, particularly the research plan. When it is apparent that this was not the case, it is considered to indicate a lack of cooperation and it hinders the chances of the application to be funded.
Prior cooperation between the PIs is not a prerequisite, and the establishment of new research teams is welcomed by the BSF.
For a list of eligible expenses, see page 12 of the BSF Instruction in the attachments section below.
GrantWatch ID#: 176058
Please note that $250,000 is the maximum actual award, including overhead. However, although this amount can be requested, the actual awarded amount is expected to be dependent on the number of years (shortening the time will not usually increase the annual amount), nature of the work (experimental or theoretical), and the distribution of funding between the partners (equal distribution is awarded more funding).
As a general guideline only, you may assume that the maximum amount will be given to an experimental work over four years, in which the funds are divided equally between the U.S. and Israeli partners. Budget for theoretical work, in which only one PI is requesting funding, is expected to be only $100,000, and if both PIs request funding, somewhat more, but never twice as much.
For 2 year start-up applications the budget must be a fixed $75,000. If both the Israeli and American PIs of a start-up application are “junior investigators,” each is eligible to receive $75,000.
Please note that budgeting year should start from October or later (not from September as previously).
Experimental work may be supported over four years.
A Start-Up grant may cover 2 years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation
8 Hamarpeh St.
Har Hotzvim, Jerusalem 91450
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