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Joint US National Science Foundation (NSF) - Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Program in Materials

Grants to USA and Israel Scientists for
Collaborative Materials Science Research

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United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)

Deadline Date:

11/01/18 for US-based partners; 11/07/18 5:00 PM Israel time for Israel-based partners.


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Grants of up to $40,000 and grants of up to $70,000 per year to USA and Israel scientists affiliated with a research institution for collaborative research in materials sciences. Funding is intended for projects and research in a variety of materials science disciplines, including:

- Biomaterials:

- Condensed Matter Physics:

- Electronic and Photonic Materials:

- Metals and Metallic Nanostructures:

- Polymers:

- Solid State and Materials Chemistry:

- Ceramics:

- Condensed Matter and Materials Theory:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176065

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. If more than a single Israeli group is involved in the research, the budget may be increased by up to 50%.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must be written jointly by an Israeli and a U.S. scientist from a U.S. research institution.

For the BSF submission: Israeli and American 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.

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.

Each Israeli scientist is allowed to have only a single pending NSF-BSF proposal at any given moment. Therefore, scientists who have an active NSF-BSF grant are allowed to submit an application to this program only if their current grant is in its final year. Also, a new application, in the same or different NSF-BSF program, can be submitted after a pending application has been turned down.

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.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Full proposals should be submitted to the BSF by the Israeli scientist only, and by the research authorities of all Israelis requesting funding, according to the following deadlines:
- Biomaterials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electronic and Photonic Materials
- Metals and Metallic Nanostructures
- Polymers
- Solid State and Materials Chemistry
No later than 5:00 PM (Israel time) on November 7, 2018. (NSF deadline is November 1st)

Full proposals for the Ceramics program and the Condensed Matter and Materials Theory program can be submitted to the BSF by the Israeli scientist only, and by the research authorities of all Israelis requesting funding at any time during the year, following the NSF restrictions, which include a limit of a single proposal per year. Israeli PIs applying to these programs should inform the BSF office of the planned submission in these two programs, to enable tracking of the processing by the NSF.

Applications should be written in English.

Prior to submission, the U.S. applicant is advised to contact the appropriate NSF program manager to discuss the research focus of his international project. In particular, until the NSF-BSF programs include also Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, there is considerable risk that proposals will be rejected as not being in “Materials” according to the NSF definition.

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.

BSF will follow the decision by the U.S. funding agency regarding the length of the project.

The NSF accepts applications only from U.S. scientists, and submission to the NSF should be made by the U.S. PI alone (the Israeli does not appear as a formal co-PI on the application). However, in the collaborative applications, the role of the Israeli partner(s) must be described. Furthermore, it should be clearly explained why the contribution of the Israeli PI to the research project is important/essential.

NSF Evaluation Criteria:

Submission User Manual:

Contact Information:

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

The US Scientists will submit to NSF online here:

The Israeli Scientists will submit to BSF online here:

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

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

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

United States - Israel
Binational Science Foundation
8 Hamarpeh Street, P.O.B. 45086
Har Hotzvim, Jerusalem 91450

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