A Search for a New BSF Executive Director has been launched
The present Executive Director, Dr. Yair Rotstein, will be retiring in 2020 from the BSF after 16 years. The BSF Board has formed a search committee, which published the following invitation for suitable candidates to apply for the position, with the Oct. 2, 2019 deadline:
A PDF version is available here.
Regulations for 2019 BSF Research Grants Program now available
The Instructions and Related BSF Regulations for Online Submission of Applications for the 2019 BSF Research Grants Program (Regular) have been updated and are now available on the website.
The Submission deadline is due Nov. 20, 2019. To download the documents, and read about the program click here.
The BSF Website will be open for online submissions starting September 1, 2019.
BSF wishes best of luck to all the applicants in the next round of the BSF Research Grants competition!
Three NEW NSF-BSF programs have been launched
We are happy to inform you that BSF and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are expanding cooperation to include an additional three 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, finalized by BSF’s Executive Director Dr. Yair Rotstein, are in addition to the 15 NSF division programs and 3 interdivisional programs (two of which involve the NIH as well) that already jointly fund the spectrum of scientific research between the two countries.
105 NEW BSF Research Grants approved in the 2018 Regular Program
105 BSF Research Grants have been recently awarded in the BSF’s 2018 Regular Program.
You can see the complete list of funded projects here.Congratulations to the BSF new grantees!
Results of the 1st round of the Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants competition 2019 are available
12 PhD students from Israel and USA were recently awarded BSF Travel Grants in the framework
of the 1st round of Prof. Rahamimoff Memorial Program for Young Scientists.
You can see a full list of grantees here.
The submission deadline for the 2nd round of this program is due Nov. 7, 2019.
To read about the program, please check our website.Congratulations to the BSF new grantees!
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.
The cap will be applied in each panel/dicipline separately. 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 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, and annual grants to Israelis were all reduced by $10,000.
The NSF has approached the Israeli government with the request to continue the NSF-BSF programs
Following the overall success of the collaborative NSF-BSF programs, the International Division of the NSF has written the Israeli Finance Ministry with the request to fund these programs on a level that will make them sustainable.