A new program in 'Transformative Science' was launched in 2010. This is a small program of up to 2 awards annually that will receive larger grants than in our regular program. To be awarded a grant in the program, a proposal must be 'transformative', in the sense that if successful, it is expected to make a very significant scientific breakthrough. BSF has adopted the NSF definition for 'Transformative Science', which is: "Research driven by ideas that have potential to radically change our understanding of an important scientific concept, or lead to the creation of a new paradigm, or a new field of science. Such research is characterized by its challenge to current understanding or by its pathways to new frontiers".
Because the program is small, and since a relatively large number of proposals are submitted, the program has a pre-proposal stage that requires less effort in submission than the regular BSF applications. Also, the BSF realizes that the identification of those ideas that may lead to scientific breakthroughs is quite difficult. In addition, new ideas that are not consistent with existing conventions often fare low in the external review process. Therefore, the BSF will try to find ways that will, at least partially, overcome these problems. To this end, the BSF has formed an expert panel consisting of three Americans and three Israelis, mostly with interdisciplinary research interests, that will process the applications.
Also, in this program, full proposals are sent out from external (ad-hock) reviewing without the information about the applicants, and the review is done both by specialists in the sub-area of the proposed research, as well as "generalists" in the field.
Please be sure to consult the most recent 'Call for proposals' .
To download the Guidelines and forms for this program, click here.