The Start-Up Grant Program is meant to help newly appointed researchers who are beginning their research careers and may not yet have initial results to show for their work. Grants are for two years, in order to enable the grantees to submit an application to the next regular competition in their area of research. It is implemented within the framework of the usual guidelines for BSF grants, i.e., it must exhibit scientific excellence, have a strong element of cooperation between an Israeli and an American scientist(s), and fall within the areas of research supported in that year by the BSF. In addition, at least one of the principal investigators should have attained his/her Ph.D., M.D. degree or equivalent, no more than ten years prior to submitting his/her proposal. To allay any doubts, we use the terms 'Senior PI' and 'Junior PI', referring to the established scientist and the one in the first stages of his/her independent career.
Start-up proposals should be submitted in the same manner as regular proposals, and will undergo the standard BSF evaluation process.
It should be noted that Start-Up Grant applications will be competing for funding together with the regular BSF research applications. The BSF has no special funds set aside for these grants. Nevertheless, Start-Up applications traditionally have a significantly higher rate of success as compared with standard applications.
- At the time the application is submitted, the junior PI may be no more than 10 years since the completion of his PhD/MD studies (earliest of the two).
- A typical start-up application is by a junior PI together with a senior one. The senior PI on a start-up application cannot be funded.
- Only up to two junior PIs may apply together for a start-up grant, one Israeli and one American, and they can apply with or without a senior scientist (who will not be funded).
Terms of Award
- A Start-Up grant will be awarded for a period of 24 months and the home institutions are required to supplement this award by $15,000 in the second year of the grant, funds that the investigator would not have received otherwise.
- The BSF will provide a maximum of $60,000 for the 24-month period. The grant is meant to cover personnel, consultants, supplies, small equipment and travel required by the project. The grant will not cover any part of the principal investigator's salary.
- An applicant for a Start-Up grant may not simultaneously submit another grant application to the BSF, or currently hold another grant from the BSF - other than NSF-BSF grants.
- A progress report will be submitted to the BSF at the end of the first year, and a final report at the end of the second year.
- A Start-Up grant is awarded for a distinct research endeavor and may not be used merely to supplement or broaden an ongoing project at the applicants' institutions. The principal investigator must make a substantial commitment to the proposed project.
- A senior PI who is collaborating with a junior PI on a start-up application is not eligible for any BSF support, except for travel money.
- If both applicants in a single start-up application are eligible to receive support as junior PIs, each will be eligible to receive $75,000 (including the $15,000 institutional support)