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Collaborative Agricultural Research Projects

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

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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. 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.

BARD supports mission-oriented cooperative agricultural research projects of mutual interest to the United States and Israel. The outcomes of BARD funded Research must be accessible to the public.

The following research areas were identified by the Board of Directors as top priorities for the coming years:

  • Improved efficiency of agricultural production, including sustainable development and engineering, enhancing nutritional value, efficient use of resources & agricultural waste, economic evaluation of policies, regulation, and labor; use of functional genomics & proteomics to protect and produce traits supporting increased crop yield and genetic optimization in animals, focus on heterosis opportunities & consequences.
  • Plant, animal, and agricultural environment defense, including pest and host genetics, invasive species & emerging diseases, early stress detection and rapid point of care methods, development of safe and bio-secure biological, physical, & chemical control measures.
  • Agricultural production challenges in increased marginal conditions, including climate change & abiotic stress factors such as drought, salinity, high temperatures, nutrient, and soil stress.
  • Food quality, safety, and security, including improved assessment and detection methods, nutritive value and post-harvest treatment, reduction of food loss & waste, enhanced supply chain quality and technologies, functional foods, development of alternative quality protein sources including plants, fungi, algae, insects, & tissue.
  • Soil & water, quality, and quantity, including efficient use of low-quality water (grey, black, saline), improved economic return for water in agriculture, crop response to soil & water quality & their constituents, impact of nutrients and agricultural chemicals on water quality.
  • Agricultural Engineering/Precision Agriculture - Sensors, instrumentation, & control systems; robotics and artificial intelligence; mechanization for improving labor efficiency; biological engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology.
  • Sustainable Agri-environmental management, including sustainable ag-based energy systems for reduced energy costs, bioconversion technologies, agricultural feedstock, controlled environment and urban agriculture, renewable resources and ecosystem services, circular bioeconomy, reducing agricultural waste.

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.

Pioneer Track: The pioneer track will support projects highly innovative, strong, and unique proposals that have the potential of creating significant impact on agricultural with tangible results, utilizing cutting-edge research technologies. BARD aims  to support research projects that will bring upon a new direction, concept, or solution in agricultural sciences, such as practical food production solution. Research projects must have clear practical benefit to both nations.

For more information on the pioneer track, see the following link:

Eligible expenses can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158802

Estimated Size of Grant:

This year there are two funding tracks:
- Standard track - maximum requested amount is $310,000 for a three-year award.
- Pioneer track - maximum requested amount is $600,000 for a three-year award.

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

Term of Contract:

Three-year awards

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 14th 2022

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.

The same proposal will not be considered for both the pioneer and the standard track.

Pioneer Track:

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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.

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For questions, contact:
Nitsan Singer

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