Submission deadline for regular program changed to November 29th
The deadline for submissions to the BSF regular Research Grants program has been changed to November 29th. This date is for both investigators and research authorities.
Results of the latest round of the Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants competition are available
2021 Regular Research Grants results to be made late July
Notification of results of the 2021 submissions to BSF’s Regular Research Grants Program will be made in late July 2022.
In a special call BSF invites preproposals that outline cross-disciplinary research towards climate change solutions
BSF invites preproposals that outline cross-disciplinary research towards climate change solutions.
BSF invites 5-page preproposals for cross-disciplinary, US-Israel collaborative studies that develop transformative concepts and ideas towards climate solutions. These ideas/concepts address the impacts of climate change on the natural environment as well as on human populations, their distributions and economic activities. Preproposals are due Sunday 3 April 2022.
You can see the full Call for Proposals here:
Instructions for (pre)proposal preparation can be found here:
104 BSF Research Grants awarded in the 2020 Regular Program
In November 2020, 380 submissions were received in BSF’s Regular Grants Program, including 50 applications for Start-Up grants. A total of 104 grants were approved (27.2% success rate), including 15 Start-Up grants for newly appointed researchers (30% success rate).
Four-year grants received an average of $213,000, continuing the trend of larger awards seen over recent years.
Grants for experimental studies in which there was an equal distribution between American and Israeli researchers received a total of $ 270,000.
The list of grants can be seen here.
New funding opportunity from CRDF Global for early career scientists
The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation is pleased to announce a new opportunity for early career scientists and emerging leaders in their respective fields. CRDF Global, which promotes safety, security, and sustainability through science and innovation, has launched the Victor Rabinowitch Memorial Award for Young Leaders in International Scientific Cooperation.
This award is for early-career scientists who have received a Ph.D. or highest equivalent degree within ten years preceding the application date.
Details, including eligibility requirements and application details, can be found here.
Please note, this is not a BSF program. For any questions regarding this award, please refer to the contact details on the funding announcement page.
Recent BSF webinars are now available to view on the website
Over 400 participants benefited from the opportunity to learn some valuable practical tips about the application process to BSF’s Regular Grants program and the NSF-BSF Joint Funding Grants program from our two recent webinars. If you were unable to attend the live webinars, you can view the recordings at the following links:
BSF Submission Regulations by Dr. Haring of the BSF (in Hebrew)
Tips for Writing a Successful NSF/BSF Proposal by Dr. Keith Dienes of the NSF (in English)
Recipients of BSF 2020 Memorial Awards
Recipients of BSF’s prestigious memorial awards have been selected for 2020.
Winners of the Bergmann Award for Best Application by a Young Scientist can be seen here.
Winners of the Neufeld Award for Best Health Sciences Application can be seen here.
Congratulations to all the recipients on your outstanding work!
82 BSF Research Grants awarded in the 2019 Regular Program
In November 2019, 318 submissions were received in BSF’s Regular Grants Program, including 37 applications for Start-Up grants. A total of 82 grants were approved (25.8% success rate), including 13 Start-Up grants for newly appointed researchers (35% success rate).
Four-year grants received an average of $285,000, much higher than in previous years.
Grants for experimental studies in which there was an equal distribution between American and Israeli researchers received a total of $ 320,000.
The list of grants can be seen here.
BSF Announces Appointment of New Executive Director
The US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) is delighted to announce the appointment of Prof. Anton F. Post as its new Executive Director, starting October 2020. He will replace the retiring Dr. Yair Rotstein, who has led the BSF for the past 16 years and whose contributions to the Foundation included the highly successful joint funding programs with the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Prof. Post currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Global Partnerships at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Previously, he was the Executive Director of FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and of the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island. From 2012-2015, he served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation where he was instrumental in establishing the NSF-BSF partnership in Ocean Sciences.
Prof. Post holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology, an MSc in Microbial Ecology, and a BSc degree in Biology from the University of Amsterdam. He started his 20-year academic career at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a postdoc in 1987, later earning a faculty appointment in Marine Sciences and advancing to the rank of Full Professor. During this time, he pioneered the field of molecular ecology, straddling the disciplines of the Life Sciences, Biogeochemistry, and Marine Microbiology. He took on leadership roles as a member of the Board of Directors of the Eilat Marine Laboratory and as Director of the Moshe Shilo Minerva Center for Marine Biogeochemistry.
Prof. Post is well-published, with over 120 peer-reviewed publications, and he has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including being named visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earning the Gruss-Lipper Fellowship at the Marine Biology Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. In leadership positions at U.S. state universities, he oversaw multi-million-dollar budgets, comprised mainly of competitively awarded research grants.
Prof. Post is married to Osnat Post-Arnan, and they have three children and three grandchildren. With this new chapter they will resume residence in their home in Jerusalem.
NEW CORONA NSF-BSF GRANT PROGRAM
The BSF has published a new CALL FOR PROPOSAL for NSF-BSF applications related to the COVID-19 virus. The CALL can be found here.
Extension of Reporting/Completion Dates of Contracts Due to COVID-19
We understand that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, delays in our supported projects may be inevitable. On the other hand, please note that because payments and annual grant renewals by the BSF are subject to submission of scientific and financial reports, delayed reporting by the grantee and/or his/her research office, will necessarily result in delayed payments. Consequently, and after communicating with some of our grantees, we will not postpone all deadlines universally as originally planned, but rather on an individual basis. Understanding the importance of uninterrupted funding, the Foundation will continue to process reports as they arrive, and pay accordingly with minimum delay, and with unused funds being carried over to the next research year. All COVID-19 related requests for extensions will be approved this year, and a no cost extension at the end of the project is often available as well.
Extension of Travel Dates in the Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program for Young Scientists
The BSF understands that due to COVID-19, study trips in the Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants program have to be postponed. Therefore, the time period to make the trip has been extended from 12 to 15 months. If longer extensions are required, they will be treated on an individual basis.
Postponed: Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grant Program for Young Researchers
Due to the current situation, the May 7th deadline for submissions of new applications to the Travel Grant Program for Young Researchers is now postponed until further notice.
Results of the 2nd round of the Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants competition 2019 are available
12 PhD students from Israel and USA have been awarded BSF Travel Grants in the framework
of the 2nd round of Prof. Rahamimoff Memorial Program for Young Scientists for 2019.
You can see a full list of grantees here.
The submission deadline for the next round of this program is due May 5, 2020.
To read about the program, please check our website.Congratulations to the BSF new grantees!
New NSF-BSF Presentation
We would like to thank Prof. Keith Dienes, from the physics division at NSF, for his very informative talk about the NSF-BSF program.
His presentation can be downloaded here.
Three NEW NSF-BSF programs have been launched
We are happy to inform you that BSF and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are expanding their cooperation to include three additional program areas – Mathematical, Astronomical, and Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences – making Israel the NSF’s most active international partner. It is now possible to submit to the NSF joint applications by U.S. and Israeli scientists also in these disciplines, effective immediately. These latest agreements are in addition to the 12 NSF division programs and three interdivisional programs (two of which involve the NIH as well) that already jointly fund the wide spectrum of scientific research between the two countries.
25% Cap on Success Rates in the Regular Program will be applied starting in 2017
The BSF Board of Directors have decided that a 25% cap on the success rates will be applied to the Regular Research Grants program, starting with the 2017 applications.
It is likely to reduce the number of grants in the regular program, particularly in the Exact and Physical Sciences years, in which there are areas of research that enjoyed very high success rates.
Support for the NSF-BSF cooperation is now part of the new five-year plan of the Israeli Higher Education Council
The Israeli Council of Higher Education has included support for the joint funding programs of Israel with the NSF in its new multiyear funding program. The support for the NSF-BSF programs will be about 190 m shekels, spread over the next five years. This is secured, stable funding for the NSF-BSF cooperation, but is not enough presently to support all the active programs. As a result, all the programs in Social Sciences have been suspended.