United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) - Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences - Astronomical Sciences (AST)
Grants of up to $55,000 and grants of up to $80,000 to USA and Israel scientists at nonprofit organizations, including IHEs, hospitals, and government research institutions, for research in astrophysics and astronomy. Funding is intended for collaborative and individual research in observational, laboratory, theoretical, and archival data studies. Funding is also intended for projects and tools that enable or enhance astronomical research. Proposals may span multiple disciplines and/or areas of study and may utilize multiple techniques.
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 principal investigators (but not more than six), one from an Israeli institution and one from a U.S. institution.
The BSF also expects that the PIs from both countries will be involved in preparing the application, particularly the research plan. When it is apparent that this was not the case, it is considered to indicate a lack of cooperation and it hinders the chances of the application to be funded.
Israeli applicants are advised that they should pay particular attention to the NSF evaluation criteria, which may include issues such as broad impact, data management, etc. That are either missing in BSF/ISF applications, or have a greatly different meaning (particularly the term ‘broad impact’). Failure to appropriately refer to such topics by the U.S. partner may be detrimental to the proposal, including its rejection without review.
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.
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.
GrantWatch ID#: 187111
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%.
BSF will follow the decision by the U.S. funding agency regarding the length of the project. The program is expected to be held annually.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
The U.S. scientist (only) will submit to the NSF using its submission system: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/.
The Israeli scientist (only) will submit to the BSF, also providing the U.S. scientist information, according to its regulations and submission system: http://www.bsf.org.il/ElectronicSubmission/GatewayFormsAndGuidelines.aspx?PageId=7&innerTextID=0%20
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: email@example.com ext. 110
- Ms. Yael Dressler: firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 103
Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to:
Ms. Orli Rozencwajg: email@example.com ext. 109
United States- Israel Binational Science Foundation
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P.O.Box 45086, Har Hotzvim
Jerusalem 91450, Israel
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