National Science Foundation (NSF) - Binational Science Foundation (BSF) Physics

Grants to USA and Israel Scientists
for Collaborative Physics Research

GrantWatch ID#: 176127
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United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)


11/01/16 5:00 PM Israel Time

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Grants of up to $80,000 per year to USA and Israel scientists affiliated with a research institution to collaborate on physics research. Applicants are advised that US partners may be required to submit an application as early as October 21, depending on the research topic. Applications are solicited from the following physics disciplines:

-Accelerator Science
-Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
-Computational Physics
-Elementary Particle Physics
-Gravitational Physics
-Integrative Activities in Physics
-Particle Astrophysics
-Physics of Living Systems
-Quantum Information Science

The size of the BSF grant is expected to be up to $80,000 per year for the duration of the grant.

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

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.

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

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

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.

Excluded Areas:
-Solid State Physics
-Physics Education

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

View the NSF solicitation here:

The NSF accepts applications only from US 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.

The following research topics are accepted through separate solicitations:

1) 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:

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

3) Nuclear Physics is supported under a separate solicitation:

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

-Basic Plasma Sciences and Engineering – no later than 5:00 PM (Israel time) on November 1, 2016 (NSF deadline is October 21, 2016).

-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 5:00 PM (Israel time) on November 1, 2016 (NSF deadline is October 26, 2016).

-Nuclear Physics – Experiment and Theory - no later than 5:00 PM (Israel time) on November 17, 2016 (NSF deadline is November 11, 2016)

-Elementary Particle Physics – Theory; Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology – Theory; Computational Physics; Quantum Information Science - no later than 5:00 PM (Israel time) on December 6, 2016 (NSF deadline is December 1, 2016).

-Accelerator Science - no later than 5:00 PM (Israel time) on February 7, 2017 (NSF deadline is February 1, 2017)

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

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

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