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Grants to USA and Israel Scientists for Genomics Research

Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE) in the Integrative Organismal System Division (IOS)

GrantWatch ID# 193942
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) - Biological Sciences Directorate (BIO)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/16/23 - Deadline for NSF applications; 02/22/23 5:00 PM Israel Time - Deadline for BSF applications. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Israel scientists affiliated with IHEs, nonprofit organizations, government institutions, and hospitals for genomics research. Funding is intended to support the development of infrastructure, resources, tools, and technologies, related to genome and phenotype research. The goal of the program is to support research to advance the understanding of comparative and functional genomics.

The EDGE program supports the development of innovative tools, technologies, resources, and infrastructure that advance biological research focused on the identification of the causal mechanisms connecting genes and phenotypes. The EDGE program also supports functional genomic research that addresses the mechanistic basis of complex traits in diverse organisms within the context (environmental, developmental, social, and/or genomic) in which they function.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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.


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 up to two NSF-BSF applications/year. The second submission is allowed if at least one of them is to any of the NSF-BSF programs that have no deadline.
- 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 allowed to submit an NSF-BSF application, if either the grant or the new submission is to one of the NSF-BSF programs that has no deadline. Otherwise, a submission is allowed only in the last year of the active 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 pp. 2-3 of the 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.

Pre-Application Information
The EDGE 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 February 22, 2023. NSF deadline is on February 16, 2023.

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.

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%.

Contact Information
Proposal Submission for US Scientists:

Proposal Submission for Israeli Scientists:

Questions by the Israeli regarding the applicability of a proposed research for this program should be directed by the U.S. partner to the program officer at the NSF.

Other questions regarding this call for proposals can be discussed with the BSF staff by mail or by phone (972-2-5828239): Dr. Rachel (Heni) Haring ( ext. 205) or Ms. Yael
Dressler ( ext. 203). Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to Ms. Orli Rozencwajg ( ext. 206).

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

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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

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