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

Grants to USA and Israel Institutions
for Collaborative Physics Research

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United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)

Deadline Date:

12/13/18 - For Basic Plasma Sciences and Engineering; US-based applications are due to NSF by 10/19/18; Israel-based applications are due to BSF no later than 5:00 PM (Israel time) on 10/26/18


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Grants to USA and Israel research institutions to support collaborative research projects in a broad range of physics-related disciplines. All proposals must be jointly submitted by a US-based and Israel-based applicant to the appropriate granting agency. Please note that deadlines vary according to the subject area.

The U.S.-Israel Science Foundation (BSF) is pleased to announce the opening of a new round of applications in a joint funding program in Physics in the Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

This NSF-BSF program is not a “special” program with the NSF setting aside money for potential grants. Rather, it is an integral part of the regular NSF programs in these discipline, with no “special” funds. Clear understanding of it by the U.S. partner is essential before embarking on proposal writing.

The program supports physics research across a broad range of physics disciplines that span scales of space and time from the largest to the smallest and the oldest to the youngest. The joint program is comprised of disciplinary programs covering experimental and theoretical research in the following major subfields of physics: Accelerator Science; Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Computational Physics; Elementary Particle Physics; Gravitational Physics; Integrative Activities in Physics; Particle Astrophysics; Physics of Living Systems; and Quantum Information Science.

Please note that Basic Plasma Science and Engineering and Nuclear Physics programs are supported under separate solicitations. Applicants are advised to review these solicitations prior to applying.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176127

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%.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

The NSF accepts applications only from U.S. scientist 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.


1. All inquiries regarding the eligibility of the research topic must be made by the U.S. PIs to the program directors at NSF. BSF will not respond to any query regarding topic eligibility.

2. All regulations regarding eligibility of the BSF (for the Israeli PI) or the NSF (for the U.S. PI) will apply to this program.

3. 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

4. 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.

5. 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.

Excluded Areas:

-Solid State Physics – At the NSF, this area of physics is handled by the Materials Division, which also has a joint funding program with the BSF

-Physics Education – BSF does not support research in science education

Pre-Application Information:

The program is expected to be held annually.

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.

The full proposals will be submitted to the program twice.

The U.S. scientist (only) will submit to the NSF using its regulations ( and submission system. The US PI submission to the NSF MUST include the BIOGRAPHY (in the NSF format) and BUDGET (in the BSF format) of the Israeli partner as part of the auxiliary material.

The Israeli scientist (only) will submit to the BSF, also providing the U.S. scientist information, according to its regulations and submission system.


Full proposals should be submitted to the BSF according to the following deadlines:

-Basic Plasma Sciences and Engineering – no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on October 26, 2018 (NSF deadline is October 19, 2018).

-Physics of Living Systems; Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics – Experiment and Theory; Elementary Particle Physics – Experiment; Gravitational Physics – Experiment and Theory; Integrative Activities in Physics; and Particle Astrophysics – Experiment - no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on Nov. 6, 2018 (NSF deadline is October 31, 2018).

-Nuclear Physics – Experiment and Theory - no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on November 19, 2018 (NSF deadline is November 14, 2018)

-Elementary Particle Physics – Theory; Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology – Theory; Computational Physics; Quantum Information Science - no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on December 13, 2018 (NSF deadline is December 6, 2018).

-Accelerator Science – has been suspended for year 2018.

Please follow the link for a full description of the program:

Basic Plasma Science and Engineering is supported under a separate solicitation. For the full program description follow the link:

Nuclear Physics is supported under a separate solicitation. For full program description follow this link:

Contact Information:

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

Israel-based applicants may login to the online system to apply:

US-based applicants will submit proposals via Fastlane:

Questions regarding the applicability of the proposed research for this program should be directed by the U.S. 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

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