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Projects Related to the Nervous System

NSF-BSF-NIH Program in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)

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United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

11/23/21 Deadline for NSF applications; 11/29/21 5:00 PM Israel Time - Deadline for BSF applications.

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Grants to USA and Israel scientists affiliated with nonprofit organizations, including IHEs, government research institutions, and hospitals for collaborative scientific research projects related to the nervous system. Funding is intended to support projects that focus on computational neuroscience.

Funding is intended to support collaborative activities that will advance the understanding of nervous system structure and function, mechanisms underlying nervous system disorders, and computational strategies used by the nervous system.

Two classes of proposals will be considered in response to this solicitation:

  • Research Proposals describing collaborative research projects, and
  • Data Sharing Proposals to enable sharing of data and other resources.

A broad range of topics and approaches is welcome under this solicitation. For a list of examples, see the NSF solicitation link in Pre-Application Information, below. 

The BSF was established to enhance the cooperation in research between American and Israeli researchers. The BSF believes that in order to advance the cooperation and to advance the joint research it is important for the scientists to meet in person. Therefore, the BSF will allocate money for travel of an investigator, or a member of the research team, to the other country; that is, travel funds will be provided to allow investigators to work together at one of their institutions. In order for the meeting to be supported by the BSF it must be substantial. Only meetings of at least two full days, not including weekends and holidays, will be supported. For additional information on expenses, see page 15 of the Regulations, in Attached Files, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176064

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award amount for the Israeli applicant is capped at a maximum of $80,000 per year for experimental programs and up to $55,000 per year for theoretical or computer-based research, subject to the availability of funds. If more than a single Israeli group is involved in the research, then the budget may be increased by up to 50%.

Term of Contract:

The duration of the grant to the Israeli will be the same as that of the NSF grant to the American PI (in most cases 3 years, but occasionally up to 5 years).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must be developed and written jointly by a team of Israeli and U.S. scientists that hold academic appointments in their respective countries and are eligible to apply for external funding at organizations such as NSF and BSF.

Eligibility:

1. For the BSF submission: Israeli 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.

2. 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 a for-profit organization will not be funded by the BSF, unless specified differently.

3. 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.

4. It is noted here that the BSF does not invite applications involving, directly or indirectly, the Arab-Israeli 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.

5. The following additional rules apply to this program:
- A U.S. scientist submitting an application with an Israeli colleague to the NSF is only subject to the NSF eligibility rules.
- Each Israeli scientist is allowed to submit one NSF-BSF application each year (1 Oct - 30 Sept).
- An Israeli with an active BSF research grant is allowed to submit an application to any of the NSF-BSF programs.
- An Israeli with an active NSF-BSF grant is not allowed to submit a new application to any NSF-BSF program before the last year of their current grant.
- It is allowed to submit both to an NSF-BSF program and the regular BSF program, including similar applications. In the event that grants are awarded in both programs, both will be funded, unless the research applications are mostly similar, or significantly overlap, in which case only the NSF-BSF program will be funded by the BSF.
- In case of similar NSF-BSF and regular BSF applications, in which the NSF evaluation of the NSF-BSF application was not completed by the time the regular BSF awards are made, the BSF will defer its decision regarding a possible grant to this application, until the NSF-BSF awards are announced.

For additional eligibility information, see page 3 of Call for Proposals in Attached Files, below.

Meetings at conferences or other locations outside of the investigators’ institutions, which were allowed in recent years, are no longer supported. In the NSF-BSF program, the BSF grant may be used only by members of the Israeli research team, and it cannot be used to cover any of the travel expenses of the U.S. PI to Israel.

For additional information on expenses, see page 15 of the Regulations, in Attached Files, below.

Pre-Application Information:

The Computational Neuroscience program is expected to accept research proposals on an annual basis.

Full proposals should be submitted to the BSF according to the following deadlines: no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on November 29, 2021. NSF deadline is November 23, 2021.

The full proposals will be submitted to the program twice.
Step 1: The U.S. applicant will submit the NSF-BSF proposal following the NSF regulations and submission procedures.
Step 2: The Israeli applicant will submit the identical proposal as a pdf document to the BSF, including all information regarding the U.S. applicant(s), and adhere to relevant BSF regulations regarding proposal submission.

The NSF accepts applications only from U.S. scientists and submission to the NSF-BSF program should be made only by the U.S. applicant. The proposal is recognized as an NSF-BSF application by adding the prefixed “NSF-BSF:” to the proposal title. The role of the Israeli applicant(s) and the nature of the collaboration must be described in the different sections of the proposal, e.g. sections with details of work plan, time line, etc. Furthermore, it should be clearly explained why the contribution of the Israeli PI is critical to the success of the proposed study.

All inquiries regarding the suitability of the research topic must be made by the U.S. applicant(s) to the relevant program directors at NSF. BSF will not respond to any query regarding topic eligibility.

Israeli applicants are advised that they should pay particular attention to the NSF evaluation criteria, http://nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/merit_review/.

NSF information about Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience:
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5147

Program Solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20609/nsf20609.htm

FAQ: https://www.bsf.org.il/faq/#section--nsf-bsf-programs

Submission information: https://www.bsf.org.il/funding-opportunities/nsf-bsf-joint-research-grants/submission/

Contact Information:

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

USA applicants must apply to NSF through FastLane: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/

Israel applicants must apply through BSF: https://www.bsf.org.il/login/

Questions by the Israeli regarding the suitability of the proposed research for this program should be directed by the U.S. applicant(s) to the program officer in the relevant programs at the NSF.

Other questions regarding this call for proposals can be discussed with the BSF staff by mail or phone (972-2-5828239): Dr. Rachel (Heni) Haring (heni@bsf.org.il ext. 110) or Ms. Yael Dressler (yael@bsf.org.il ext. 103). Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to Ms. Orli Rozencwajg (orli@bsf.org.il ext. 109).

United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)
Bynet Building
8 Hamarpeh Street
Har Hotzvim
P.O. Box 45086
Jerusalem 91450, Israel

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