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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. Eligible proposals feature projects of mutual interest to both countries. Projects should address a specific agricultural challenge and yield tangible results.

The US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD):

BARD projects, conducted cooperatively by American and Israeli scientists, cover all phases of agricultural research and development, including integrated projects and strategic or applied research. 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


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. Projects cover all phases of agricultural research and development. The outcomes of BARD funded Research must be accessible to the public.

Cooperative Research:

Cooperative research entails active collaboration between Israeli and American scientists. Upon request, BARD will assist scientists in finding cooperators. Please send a brief abstract by e-mail. Identify the main ideas of the proposed work and include a short CV.

BARD Award:

Awards are based upon the details of the budget justification, the number of funded institutions in the proposed project and the nature of the specific research program. The maximum amount that can be requested is $310,000 for a three year award.

Feasibility Studies:

BARD will consider funding a one year proposal when the request is for an opportunity to establish a basis for further research or to provide preliminary results for a particularly innovative idea or concept. Feasibility study applications must follow the same guidelines as all other proposals and adhere to the same submission dates. Continuation of a one-year feasibility study originally submitted as such requires the submission and approval of a final scientific report before a new proposal can be submitted. The maximum amount that can be requested for a one year feasibility study is $100,000.

BARD Priorities:

While BARD will continue to fund agriculturally relevant and scientifically meritorious work in all disciplines of agriculture, the Board of Directors identified the following areas as priority areas for the coming years:

-Increased Efficiency of Agricultural Production: including sustainable development, efficient use of resources, economic evaluation of policies and regulatory issues, crops that yield higher value per unit, etc.
-Protection of Plants and Animals against Biotic Stress: including pest genetics in biological environments, invasive species and emerging diseases.
-Agricultural Production Challenges in Increasing Marginal Conditions, such as tolerance to drought, salinity, high temperature & nutrient stresses, etc.
-Food Quality, Safety and Security including improved assessment & detection methods, food nutritive value in relation to human health, functional foods, ensured/increased quantity/supply, postharvest treatments, etc.
-Water Quality & Quantity including efficient use of low quality water (gray, black, saline), improved economic return for water in agriculture, crop response to soil & water quality and its constituents, impact of nutrients on water quality, etc.
-Functional Genomics and Proteomics that deal with important agricultural issues including production and protection traits, genetic optimization and increased yield, etc.
-Sensors and Robotics linking biological phenomena with sensors or otherwise bridging into the field of bioengineering, nano-technology, precision agriculture, labor reduction, etc.
-Sustainable Bio-Energy Systems including biofuel production systems, reduced energy costs, renewable resources, reduced greenhouse gases, diversified farm economy, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158802

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

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

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.


Principal Investigator (PI) is the person whose name appears first on the cover page of the proposal. The PI is mutually agreed upon by the cooperating scientists and is responsible for the submission of scientific reports, administration of the grant, notification of changes in the work plan and maintaining contact with BARD. The affiliated institution of the PI becomes the Principal Institution and signs a research agreement with BARD.

Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) is the person whose name appears second on the cover page of the proposal. The Co-PI is the senior member of the investigating team in the other country.

Collaborating Investigators are all other investigators, in either country, who are listed on the cover page.

Early Career scientists (not more than 5 years from the end of postdoc training or first institutional appointment) should indicate so in the appropriate place on the Cover Page.

Concurrent Funding Policy:

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.

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.

-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. BARD will confirm to submitting scientists, upon receipt of the proposal(s), that a member of their team has also submitted additional proposals for consideration in the same year and that only one of these can be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted annually and are due mid-September

The upcoming deadline is September 12, 2018.

The Executive Director advises all applicants and their affiliated research officers, in writing, of the decisions of the Board of Directors towards the end of May of the year following the submission. Favorable decisions indicate the amount and duration of the grant and any conditions of support.

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Contact Information:

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

Nitsan Singer

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