Dear Colleague,

The BSF is happy to inform that 3 new NSF divisions are expected to join the NSF-BSF cooperation:

  • Mathematical Sciences (including Statistics)
  • Astronomical Sciences (including Astrophysics)
  • Atmospheric an Geospace Sciences

It is expected that these NSF divisions will publish Dear Colleague Letters to the U.S. community over the summer, inviting U.S. researchers to submit joint applications to the NSF with Israeli colleagues later this year. The cooperation with Israel will include all the core programs of these divisions. If awarded a grant, the U.S. researcher will be funded by the NSF, while the Israeli will be funded by the BSF, using funds it receives for this purpose from the Israeli Council of Higher Education.  Like in all existing NSF-BSF joint funding programs, these new programs will not be “special programs” with NSF funds being set aside for them. Rather, the joint U.S.-Israeli applications will compete with the regular applications to the NSF in these fields, and will draw from the same pot of money. This means that there is no effective limit on the success rates of the joint U.S.-Israeli applications, and occasionally in the existing programs, the success rate of the joint applications reaches 100%.  The NSF grants to the U.S. researchers are expected to be standard, while grants by the BSF to the Israelis, are expected to be larger than classical BSF grants, and equivalent in size to ISF grants.

BSF Calls for proposals to the three new programs can be found using the link.  However, they will be activated only after the NSF will formally announce the programs.  We invite you to follow the NSF and BSF announcements, and when the time comes, to use the opportunity and submit a joint application to one of these new programs.

Yair Rotstein, PhD
Executive Director
U.S. – Israel Binational Science Foundation
8 Hamarpeh St., P.O.B. 45086
Jerusalem, 91450, Israel