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BSF Research Grants Program - Regular

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United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)

Deadline Date:

11/17/21 5:00 PM Israel Time (10:00 AM EST)


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Grants to USA and Israeli scientists affiliated with nonprofit organizations, including IHEs, government research institutions, and hospitals to carry out cooperative research across a broad range of scientific disciplines. Funding is intended to support research projects that involve active cooperation between USA and Israel-based scientists. Eligible subject areas alternate on a yearly basis and include, but are not limited to, chemistry, biomedical engineering, life sciences, energy, atmospheric sciences, computer sciences, psychology, economics, and materials research.

Applications must involve active cooperation between scientists of both countries. Therefore, prior to submission of applications, prospective applicants must complete the cooperative arrangements necessary for the presentation of a joint application.

Areas of research alternate on a yearly basis.

In odd calendar years (2021, 2023, etc) the BSF supports research projects in the following broad areas:
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Life Sciences 
  • Psychobiology

In even calendar years (2020, 2022, etc) the areas are:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Economics
  • Energy Research
  • Environmental Research (Air, Water and/or Soil)
  • Materials Research
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Psychology (excluding Psychobiology) 

Cooperative Research:

  • 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:
    • Joint research activities where interdependent projects of a single program are conducted in different laboratories and may involve shared funding or different sources of funding.
    • Provision of research facilities, materials, equipment and/or services to cooperating scientists.
    • Exchange of personnel.
  • 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176058

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Scientists who wish to apply for grants must submit their applications through a legal entity. The BSF accepts research applications from non-profit organizations only, including institutions of higher learning, government research institutions and hospitals. Although applications cannot be submitted by for-profit or industrial organizations, one of the principal investigators may be affiliated with such an organization. However, the research performed by the investigator affiliated with the for-profit organization will not be funded by the BSF. U.S. government scientists who seek funding from the BSF must consult the BSF office before committing to the research program, as U.S. government institutions often refuse to sign the standard BSF contract.

Israeli and American principal investigators must have obtained a PhD, MD, or an equivalent degree, and must be faculty members or the equivalent of the submitting institutions. Graduate students or postgraduate fellows are not eligible to submit applications.

Prior cooperation between the PIs is not a prerequisite, and the establishment of new research teams is welcomed by the BSF.

In keeping with an amendment, signed on 28 October 2020, to the original agreement between the U.S. and Israeli governments, the Foundation sponsors US-Israel collaborative research with participation of all Israeli academic institutions, including research carried out in geographic areas that came under the administration of the Government of Israel after June 5, 1967.

It is noted here that the BSF does not invite applications involving, directly or indirectly, the ArabIsraeli conflict. Any application that is related to any aspect of the Arab-Israeli conflict should be discussed with the BSF staff before submission. The Foundation reserves the right to reject such applications, if in its sole discretion, it deems these not consistent with its mission.

For requirements of applications for a start-up grant, see page 5 of the Instructions in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for submission by all PIs and Institutions to the BSF Research Grants program: November 17, 2021, 5 pm Israel time (10 am, EST)

Researcher – please note that the final submission is by the Institution. You are required to coordinate with your research authority/grant office the deadline by which they require submission to them by the PI.

All applications must be submitted through the BSF website.

Applications should be written in English.

Applications must involve active cooperation between scientists of both countries. Therefore, prior to submission of applications, prospective applicants must complete the cooperative arrangements necessary for the presentation of a joint application.

The BSF 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.

U.S, government scientists who seek funding from the BSF must consult the BSF office before committing to the research program, as US government institutions often refuse to sign the standard BSF contract.

Each investigator may submit only one application to each annual competition of the BSF Research Grants program. Furthermore, an investigator may hold only one BSF Research Grant at a time. Therefore, a current grantee of a BSF Research Grant may submit a new application only during the last year of the active grant. However, a grantee in the BSF Research Grants program may hold also a grant in one of the NSF-BSF Joint Funding Research programs, as long as the projects are not similar or significantly overlap. It is allowed to submit a similar or overlapping research proposal to both the BSF and NSF-BSF Joint Funding Research Grants programs, but if both are approved, only the NSF-BSF application will be funded.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

The BSF website will be open for submission on September 1, 2021.

United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation
8 Hamarpeh St.
P.O.Box 45086
Har Hotzvim, Jerusalem 91450

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