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NSF-BSF Program in Computer Networks and Systems (CNS)

Grants to USA Scientists Collaborating with Israel Scientists
for Computer and Network Technology Research

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) - Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) - Computer and Network Systems (CNS)

Deadline Date:

11/14/19 For applications from USA scientists


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Grants to USA scientists in IHEs or nonprofit organizations collaborating with Israel scientists for research initiatives that explore new uses of existing technology and new networking and computing technologies. Funding is intended to better understand the essential properties of network and computer systems and to create better abstractions and tools for designing, building, analyzing, and measuring future systems.

Program Areas:

CNS support two core programs:

  • Computer Systems Research (CSR);
  • Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS)

Computer Systems Research  (CSR): The Computer Systems Research (CSR) program supports transformative scientific and engineering research leading to the development of the next generation of highly performant, heterogeneous, power-efficient, environmentally sustainable, and secure computer systems. The scope of the program includes embedded and multicore systems and accelerators; mobile and extensible distributed systems; cloud and data-intensive processing systems; and memory, storage, and file systems. The program seeks innovative research proposals that will advance the reliability, performance, power, security and privacy, scalability, and sustainability of computer systems.

Networking Technology and Systems  (NeTS): The Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program supports transformative research on fundamental scientific and technological advances in networking as well as systems research leading to the development of future-generation, high-performance networks and future Internet architectures.

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 core programs in these disciplines, with no “special” funds. Clear understanding of it by the U.S. partner is essential before embarking on proposal writing.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187109

Estimated Size of Grant:

The size of the BSF grant to the Israeli is expected to be up to $80,000/year for experimental programs and up to $55,000/year for theoretical or computer-based research, 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:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

- Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) - Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Special Instructions for International Branch Campuses of US IHEs: If the proposal includes funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a US institution of higher education (including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the proposer must explain the benefit(s) to the project of performance at the international branch campus, and justify why the project activities cannot be performed at the US campus.

- Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

Who May Serve as PI:
By the submission deadline, any PI, co-PI, or other senior project personnel must hold either:
- A tenured or tenure-track position, or
- A primary, full-time, paid appointment in a research or teaching position;
at a US-based campus of an organization eligible to submit to this solicitation (see above), with exceptions granted for family or medical leave, as determined by the submitting organization.

Individuals with primary appointments at for-profit non-academic organizations or at overseas branch campuses of US IHEs are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

Full proposals should be submitted to the BSF no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on November 20, 2019. NSF deadline is November 14, 2019.

Applicants are requested to acquaint themselves with the BSF regulation for this NSF-BSF program before they submit applications. The forms and regulations can be downloaded from the BSF website ( under ‘Guidelines and Forms’.

The NSF accepts applications only from U.S. scientists. Submission to the NSF should be made by the U.S. PI alone, but he has to note in the cover page that it is an “NSF-BSF Application” (the Israeli does not appear as a formal co-PI on the application). In the U.S.-Israeli 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.

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.

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 program is expected to be held annually.

Inquiry eligibility:
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 up to two applications/year, if at least one of them is to any of the NSF-BSF programs that have no deadline.
4) Israelis with active grants are allowed to submit an additional application to any of the NSF-BSF programs with no deadline (they don’t have to wait for the last year of their grant before submitting).
5) It is allowed to submit both to an NSF-BSF program and the regular BSF program, including similar applications. In the event that both applications are awarded grants, they will be funded, unless the research applications are mostly similar, in which case only the NSF-BSF program will be funded.
6) 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.

In any contiguous September through November period, an individual may participate as PI, co-PI or Senior Personnel in no more than two proposals across all size classes submitted in response to this solicitation.

Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

More Program Information:
Computer Systems Research:
Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS):

Contact Information:

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

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:

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 (972-2-5828239): Dr. Rachel (Heni) Haring ( ext. 110) or Ms. Yael Dressler ( ext. 103).

Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to Ms. Orli Rozencwajg ( ext. 109).

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