NSF-BSF Research Grants
28%Success Rate in 2021/22
$80,000/YearMax. of Grant
2-5Years of Grants
NSF-BSF Research Grants: Submission
- The Programs
US PI Submits to the NSF1
Israeli PI Submits to the BSF2
Research Authority Approves3
BSF Compliance Check4
Eligibility to participate in the NSF –BSF program by a U.S. and Israeli Scientists are subject to the regular regulations of the respective foundation.
- An Israeli scientist is allowed to participate in the submission of a single NSF-BSF proposal each year. Scientists who have an active NSF-BSF grant are not allowed to submit a new application to any NSF program, unless their current grant is in its final year.
- Israeli scientists will be allowed to submit both to an NSF-BSF program and the regular BSF program, including similar applications. In the event that they are awarded a grant in both programs, they will be funded in both, unless the research application is mostly similar, in which case only their NSF-BSF program will be funded.
- In case of similar NSF-BSF and regular BSF applications, in which the NSF evaluation was not completed by the time the regular BSF awards are made, the BSF will defer its decision regarding a possible grant to this application, until the NSF-BSF awards are announced.
- The size of the grant can be up to $80,000/year for an experimental project and up to $55,000/year for a theoretical project. The duration of the grant to the Israeli will be the same as that of the NSF grant to the American PI (in most cases 3 years, but occasionally up to 5 years).
- BSF money cannot be used for the U.S. side of the grant, even not for travel of the US PI to Israel.
- All other terms are similar to those of the BSF regular research grants program.
- The terms of the grants to the U.S. scientists are determined by the NSF.
The following are the current principles that guide the various NSF-BSF programs. However, for the specifics of each program, please use the links to read the relevant Call for Proposals:
- The U.S. and Israeli PIs write together a scientific proposal. The research plan must describe the role of the Israeli partner and why his/her role is important.
- The U.S. PI will upload the bio sketch and budget of the Israeli partner to the NSF online system.
- The application is submitted to the NSF by the U.S. PI (alone), in most cases to the divisional core program of interest. A few days later the Israeli PI (only) submits an application to the BSF, which includes the PDF of the NSF application. The BSF application does not require approval/signature by the U.S. PI.