NSF-BSF Joint Funding Program in Chemistry has been suspended
In 2012, the BSF launched a series of joint funding programs with the National Science Foundation (NSF), using special grants from the Israeli Ministry of Finance and the Council of Higher Education. The first of these programs was with the Chemistry division of the NSF, which has been running an international grant program for several years (ICC-International Collaboration in Chemistry). Israel has been added to the list of participating countries, which includes Austria, Brazil, France, Japan, Luxembourg, Russia, Spain, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. The BSF will serve as the funding agency for the Israeli scientists.
Basic structure of the program was simple, and was quite similar to the types of projects that the BSF has supported for the past 40 years. Scientists from Israel and the US write together a proposal for a joint research project, which will be conducted partly in Israel and partly in the U.S. The U.S. scientist will submit the proposal to the NSF, and if the proposal is selected, he will receive a regular grant from the NSF. The Israeli scientist, together with his U.S. collaborator, will submit the same core proposal (same pre-proposal and later the same 15 pages of program description) to the BSF, using the BSF submission system and special instructions. If selected, the Israeli scientist will receive a BSF grant, which is larger than a regular BSF grant.
Two rounds of the program were held in 2012 and 2013. In the first, 12 full proposals with an Israeli component were submitted and 3 were awarded a grant. In the second round, 18 full proposals that included Israelis were submitted, and 3 were funded.
The entire program (for all participating countries) was suspended for re-assessment by the Chemistry Division of the NSF.