BSF Regular Research Grants

United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Deadline: Nov 20, 2020 7:00am PST

Applicant type: Faculty Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Israel, United States

Location of citizenship: Israel, United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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The regular research grants program is the main program of the BSF. The level of the research applications is high, as is suggested by the participation of 42 Nobel Laureates in the BSF supported projects, several of whom in several grants.

In an effort to preserve the close scientific ties between the U.S.A and Israel, the BSF Board has adopted a policy of relatively high success rate, at the cost of reducing grant sizes. Thus, overall success rate is generally larger than 25% and in certain years can be over 30%. Nevertheless, a significant number of very good projects are turned down due to the lack of sufficient resources.

Applications to the BSF compete with all others in the same year, and support money is not pre-allocated to each scientific discipline. Thus, in some disciplines success rate can sometime be over 40%, while in other disciplines no grants will be made. Applications to the program are made jointly by a US and an Israeli researcher(s) who would like to work together. No prior cooperation is required, but the synergy between the PIs must be evident.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applications must be submitted together by at least one scientist from each country, but not more than six in total.
  • Scientists who wish to apply for a grant must submit their application through an institution or agency with legal status.
  • The BSF accepts research proposals from:
    • institutions of higher learning,
    • government research institutions,
    • hospitals, and
    • other non-profit research organizations.
  • Although proposals cannot be submitted by for-profit or industrial organizations, one of the principal investigators may be affiliated with such an organization.
    • The investigators should be familiar with BSF patent policy before completing the collaborative arrangements. 
  • The Israeli and American principal investigators must have obtained a PhD, or MD, or an equivalent degree, and must be faculty members or equivalent.
  • Investigators may submit only one proposal to each annual competition. 
    • Furthermore, since an investigator may hold only one BSF award at a time, a grantee may submit a new proposal only during the last year of the current award.
  • A revised application may be submitted a second time.
    • Resubmission requires a letter explaining what changes were made with respect to the previous application, and how they reflect the comments by the reviewers (resubmitted applications will be sent for review to both new and past reviewers).
      • An exception to this rule is a revised application, which received a letter saying: "It is an excellent proposal and eligible for support, but its relative rank within the list of eligible applications was not sufficiently high" (BSF letter code: N3E).
      • This is the only application that may be submitted a third time.
  • A scientist who is engaged in interdisciplinary research is permitted to submit proposals in consecutive years, provided they are on completely different topics.
  • Any application that is related to any aspect of the Arab-Israeli conflict should be discussed with the BSF staff before submission
  • BSF allows only 15% overhead to all grantee institutions.


  • Proposals originating in industry are not considered.
  • The research performed by for-profit organizations will not be funded by the BSF.
  • Graduate students or postgraduate researchers are not eligible to submit applications. 
  • An application that was not awarded a grant in two competitions is not allowed to be submitted a third time.
    • An applicant whose application is submitted a third time will be barred from the competition in the following two years.
  • Please note that changes in the application that are considered by the science advisers of the BSF as being minor are not sufficient to define it as a new application.
  • A proposal that was submitted in one year is not eligible for submission the following year under another area of research (AOR) in the split program.
    • If submitted, it will be rejected and also be prohibited from submission in the next competition cycle of the original area of research.
  • According to the agreement between the U.S. and Israeli governments, projects sponsored by the Foundation may not be conducted in geographic areas which came under the administration of the Government of Israel after June 5, 1967 and may not relate to subjects primarily pertinent to such areas.
  • The BSF reserves the right to reject applications involving, directly or indirectly, the Arab-Israeli conflict, if in its sole discretion it deems such applications not consistent with the mission of the Foundation.