Applications must be submitted together by at least one scientist from each country, but not more than six in total. Scientists who wish to apply for a grant must submit their application through an institution or agency with legal status. The BSF accepts research proposals from institutions of higher learning, government research institutions, hospitals and other non-profit research organizations. Proposals originating in industry are not considered.
Although proposals cannot be submitted by for-profit or industrial organizations, one of the principal investigators may be affiliated with such an organization. The research performed by for-profit organizations will not be funded by the BSF. The investigators should be familiar with BSF patent policy before completing the collaborative arrangements.
The Israeli and American principal investigators must have obtained a PhD, or MD, or an equivalent degree, and must be faculty members or equivalent. Graduate students or postgraduate researchers are not eligible to submit applications.
Investigators may submit only one proposal to each annual competition. Furthermore, since an investigator may hold only one BSF award at a time, a grantee may submit a new proposal only during the last year of the current award. Nevertheless, occasionally the BSF may announce an exception to this rule in a special call for proposals, which has special support from an external source.
A revised application may be submitted a second time. Resubmission requires a letter explaining what changes were made with respect to the previous application, and how they reflect the comments by the reviewers (resubmitted applications will be sent for review to both new and past reviewers). An application that was not awarded a grant in two competitions is not allowed to be submitted a third time. An applicant whose application is submitted a third time will be barred from the competition in the following two years. An exception to this rule is a revised application, which received a letter saying: "It is an excellent proposal and eligible for support, but its relative rank within the list of eligible applications was not sufficiently high" (BSF letter code: N3E). This is the only application that may be submitted a third time.
Please note that changes in the application that are considered by the science advisers of the BSF as being minor are not sufficient to define it as a new application.
A proposal that was submitted in one year is not eligible for submission the following year under another area of research (AOR) in the split program. If submitted, it will be rejected and also be prohibited from submission in the next competition cycle of the original area of research.
However, a scientist who is engaged in interdisciplinary research is permitted to submit proposals in consecutive years, provided they are on completely different topics.
According to the agreement between the U.S. and Israeli governments, projects sponsored by the Foundation may not be conducted in geographic areas which came under the administration of the Government of Israel after June 5, 1967 and may not relate to subjects primarily pertinent to such areas. Furthermore, the BSF reserves the right to reject applications involving, directly or indirectly, the Arab-Israeli conflict, if in its sole discretion it deems such applications not consistent with the mission of the Foundation. In addition, any application that is related to any aspect of the Arab-Israeli conflict should be discussed with the BSF staff before submission.
Prior to formal submission, the proposal may be discussed with the BSF staff either by telephone, e-mail or in person.
Due to lack of adequate resources, not all science and technology fields are supported by the BSF. For the same reason, each Area of Research (AOR) is eligible to submit only every second year. For detailed lists of eligible AORs, click here.