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BARD Research Program

Grants to USA and Israel Scientists for
Collaborative Agricultural Research Projects

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Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)

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Grants to USA and Israel scientists affiliated with nonprofit research institutions for collaborative agricultural research projects. Funding is intended to support projects in any stage of research and development, including applied or strategic research and integrated projects. Priority will be given to areas such as water quality, robotics, bioenergy sustainability, and genomics.

BARD cooperative research entails active collaboration between Israeli and American scientists. The following research areas were identified by the Board of Directors as top priorities for the coming years:

  • Increased Efficiency of Agricultural Production
  • Protection of Plants and Animals Against Biotic and Abiotic Stress
  • Food Quality, Safety and Security
  • Water Quality & Quantity
  • Functional Genomics and Proteomics
  • Sensors and Robotics
  • Sustainable Bio-Energy Systems

Feasibility Studies: 

BARD will consider funding feasibility studies to establish a basis for further research or to provide preliminary results for a particularly innovative idea or concept.


BARD supports mission-oriented cooperative agricultural research projects of mutual interest to the United States and Israel. Proposals are expected to deal with an agricultural issue or problem and yield tangible results that could be implemented within a reasonable time after completion of the project. The outcomes of BARD funded Research must be accessible to the public. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158802

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award: $310,000 for a 3-year grant.

The maximum amount that can be requested for a one year feasibility study is $100,000.

Term of Contract:

The award duration is 3 years. One year feasibility studies are also funded.

While proposals may be submitted during the final year of an on-going project, if such a proposal is approved, funding of the new proposal will not begin until the conclusion of the on-going project, i.e. the submission and approval by BARD of the final scientific and fiscal reports of the earlier project, not later than October 31st. The on-going project, whether related to or on a different topic, will not be granted any extension. New projects must be initiated not later than December 31st of the award year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Affiliates of public or private nonprofit research institutions that demonstrate the necessary research and development capabilities are eligible for funding. Proposals must be submitted through such legally constituted institutions.

BARD Postdoctoral Fellows:
For one year following the conclusion of the BARD fellowship, recipients are ineligible to submit a BARD research proposal either as the principal investigator (PI) or as co-principal investigator (Co-PI) affiliated with an institution in the mentor's country. Fellows are eligible to submit as a PI or Co-PI only if affiliated with an institution in their own home country, or as collaborating investigators (requesting less than $20,000 per year) with affiliation from either country.

Early Career scientists may be not more than 5 years from the end of postdoc training or first institutional appointment.

BARD will not fund concurrent projects to any given investigator. This restriction applies only to PIs and Co-PIs, and to Collaborating Investigators who request more than $20,000/year of the research budget.

Pre-Application Information:

- Submission Date: September 15, 2020
- Online Submission begins: August 15, 2020

Research Authorities will receive prior to the submission deadline an e-mail with specific instructions, giving them direct access to BARD's Authorization procedure. Authorizations will be given a deadline of additional 14 days beyond the submission deadline. BARD will accept a proposal for consideration only following its authorization by the institution’s authorizing officer via the on-line procedure. A single Signature page, generated on-line and sent to Nitsan Singer at BARD, should include a list of all the submitted Proposals affiliated with their institution.

Proposals and grants must adhere to the policies and regulations established by the regulatory agencies of the country in which the research is to be conducted. Exchange of GMO, exotic species and other materials between countries may require special authorization.

A PI or Co-PI may submit more than one proposal in a given year, provided that the proposals are pursuing different topics. However, if multiple proposals from the same PI or Co-PI (not necessarily together) are deemed worthy of funding only one of these will be funded. Scientists planning to submit more than one proposal must inform all scientists involved in all proposals of the intent to be involved with additional proposals.

Unapproved proposals may be revised and resubmitted only once.


Contact Information:

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

For questions, contact:
Nitsan Singer

P.O. Box 1519
Rishon LeZion 7505101

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