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Joint NSF-BSF Program in Ocean Sciences

Grants to USA and Israel Scientists for
Collaborative Oceanic Sciences Research

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Foundation / Corporation

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United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/15/17 for USA (NSF) Applicants; 08/20/17 5:00 PM Israel Time for Israel (BSF) Applicants; ; Marine Geology and Geophysics proposals may be submitted year round


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Grants of up to $40,000 per year and up to $70,000 per year USA and Israel scientists affiliated with nonprofits, IHEs, government research institutions, and hospitals for collaborative research on oceanic sciences. USA applicants must contact the relevant agency prior to applying.

The program will accept collaborative research proposals in the following areas:

a) Physical Oceanography

The Physical Oceanography Program supports research on a wide range of topics associated with the structure and movement of the ocean, with the way in which it transports various quantities, with the way the ocean's physical structure interacts with the biological and chemical processes within it, and with interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere, solid earth and ice that surround it.

b) Chemical Oceanography

The Chemical Oceanography Program supports research into the chemical components, reaction mechanisms, and geochemical pathways within the ocean and at its interfaces with the solid earth and the atmosphere. Major emphases include: studies of material inputs to and outputs from marine waters; orthochemical and biological production and transformation of chemical compounds and phases within the marine system; and the determination of reaction rates and study of equilibria. The Program encourages research into the chemistry, distribution, and fate of inorganic and organic substances introduced into or produced within marine environments including those from estuarine waters to the deep sea.

c) Biological Oceanography

The Biological Oceanography Program supports research in marine ecology broadly defined: relationships among aquatic organisms and their interactions with the environments of the oceans or Great Lakes.

d) Marine Geology and Geophysics (Please note that there is no deadline for this program, and proposals are welcome through the year.)

The Marine Geology and Geophysics program supports research on all aspects of geology and geophysics of the ocean basins and margins, as well as the Great Lakes.

The Marine Geology Program includes:

-Structure, tectonic evolution and volcanic activity of the ocean basins, the continental margins, the mid-ocean ridges, and island arc systems
-Processes controlling exchange of heat and chemical species between seawater and ocean rocks
-Genesis, chemistry, and mineralogic evolution of marine sediments
-Processes controlling deposition, erosion and transport of marine sediments
-Past ocean circulation patterns and climates and
-Interactions of continental and marine geologic processes

Applications must be written jointly by an Israeli scientist and an American scientist from a U.S. research institution. Submission of the application to the NSF is by the U.S. scientist only, but his proposal should include a description of the work that will be carried out by the Israeli partner, as well as the Israeli budget request. Applications must clearly demonstrate the added value of the cooperation between the partners and the critical role of the Israeli.

The following explains the BSF (Israel) submission only:

Cooperative research is a fundamental requirement for the BSF and is viewed by the Foundation as active collaboration between Israeli and American scientists. A joint research program must be presented in the form of a single, coordinated application, in which the roles and tasks of the respective partners are clearly defined. Each application should have at least two collaborating investigators (but not more than six), one from an Israeli institution and one from a U.S. institution.

Cooperation should involve joint planning of research and evaluation of results, and may take the form of:

-Joint research activities where interdependent projects of a single program are conducted in different laboratories and may involve shared funding or different sources of funding.
-Provision of research facilities, materials, equipment and/or services to cooperating scientists.
-Exchange of personnel.

Although not mandatory, the BSF expects that if the research leads to publications, they will be authored jointly by the Israeli and American collaborators, expressing the collaborative nature of the work.

Prior cooperation between the collaborating investigators is not a prerequisite, and the establishment of new research teams is welcomed by the BSF and NSF.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170459

Estimated Size of Grant:

The size of the BSF grant to the Israeli is expected to be up to $70,000/year for experimental programs and up to $40,000/year for theoretical or computer based program, subject to the availability of funds.

Term of Contract:

Duration of grants to Israelis will generally be 3 years, but will follow the approved grant length to the U.S. partner(s).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. For the BSF submission: Israeli and American 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 nonprofit 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. The Israeli investigators should be familiar with BSF patent policy before completing the collaborative arrangements. You can read about the Patent Rights in the sample Grant Agreement file, available to download from the “Guidelines & Forms” Section of the BSF website, and attached below.

4. According to the agreement between the U.S. and Israeli governments, projects sponsored by the Foundation may not be conducted in geographic areas which came under the administration of the Government of Israel after June 5, 1967 and may not relate to subjects primarily pertinent to such areas. Furthermore, the BSF reserves the right to reject applications involving, directly or indirectly, the Arab-Israeli conflict, if in its sole discretion it deems such applications not to be consistent with the mission of the foundation. In addition, any application that is related to any aspect of the Arab-Israeli conflict should be discussed with the BSF staff before submission.

5. The following additional rules apply to this program:

a. Each Israeli scientist is allowed to submit only a single proposal. Moreover, a scientist who has any pending NSF-BSF application, or has any active NSF-BSF grant that is not in its last year, is not allowed to submit an application to this program.

b. Israeli scientists will be allowed to submit both to an NSF-BSF program and the regular BSF program, including similar applications. In the event that they are awarded a grant in both programs, they will be funded in both, unless the research application is mostly similar, in which case only their NSF-BSF program will be funded.

c. In case of similar NSF-BSF and regular BSF applications, in which the NSF evaluation 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.

The program will NOT accept research projects focus on freshwater systems with the Great Lakes being the sole exception.

Pre-Application Information:

If awarded a grant, the Israeli scientist will receive a grant from the BSF, while the U.S. scientist will receive a grant from the NSF.

Prior to submission, the U.S. applicant should contact the appropriate NSF program manager to discuss the research focus of his international project.

Proposals to the BSF will be submitted after the American scientist has submitted his proposal to the NSF, and will include a PDF of the full proposal that was submitted to the NSF.

Full proposals should be submitted to the BSF by the Israeli scientist only, and by the research authorities of all Israelis requesting funding, no later than 5:00 PM (Israel time) on August 20, 2017 (NSF target date is August 15, 2017).

Please note that the Marine Geology and Geophysics has no deadline and are welcoming proposals year around.

More information about the Physical Oceanography program may be found here:

More information about the Chemical Oceanography program may be found here:

More information about the Biological Oceanography program may be found here:

More information about the Marine Geology and Geophysics program may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Questions by the Israeli regarding the applicability of a proposed research plan for this program should be communicated by the U.S. partner to the coordinating program officer at the NSF. The BSF staff will not respond to such questions.

Other questions regarding this special BSF-NSF program can be discussed with the BSF management by mail or phone (972-2-5828239):

Dr. Rachel (Heni) Haring
972-2-5828239, ext. 110

Ms. Yael Dressler
972-2-5828239, ext. 103

Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to:

Ms. Orli Rozencwajg
972-2-5828239, ext .109

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