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NSF-BSF Marine Oceanography

Grants to USA and Israel Scientists for
Collaborative Oceanic Sciences Research

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United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) - Division of Ocean Sciences (GEO/OCE)

Deadline Date:

02/18/20 - Deadline for US applications (NSF); Israel applications (BSF) are due by 02/24/20; Applications for Marine Geology and Geophysics may be submitted at any time

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Grants to USA and Israel scientists employed by nonprofits, IHEs, government research institutions, and hospitals for collaborative research projects in the field of marine oceanography. USA applicants must discuss proposals with program staff prior to applying. All proposals must be jointly submitted by a USA and Israel principal investigator.

The program will accept collaborative research proposals in the following areas:

  • Physical Oceanography
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Marine Geology and Geophysics

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170459

Estimated Size of Grant:

The size of the BSF grant to the Israeli is expected to be up to $80,000/year for experimental programs and up to $55,000/year for theoretical or computer based research, subject to the availability of funds. If more than a single Israeli group is involved in the research, the budget may be increased by up to 50%.

Term of Contract:

BSF will follow the decision by the U.S. funding agency regarding the length of the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must be written jointly by an Israeli and a U.S. scientist from a U.S. research institution.

Eligibility:

1. For the BSF submission: Israeli and American investigators must have obtained a PhD, MD or an equivalent degree, and must be faculty members or the equivalent of the submitting institutions. Graduate students or postgraduate fellows are not eligible to submit applications.

2. Scientists who wish to apply for grants must submit their applications through a legal entity. The BSF accepts research applications from nonprofit organizations only, including institutions of higher learning, government research institutions and hospitals. Although applications cannot be submitted by for-profit or industrial organizations, one of the principal investigators may be affiliated with such an organization. However, the research performed by the investigator affiliated with a for-profit organization will not be funded by the BSF, unless specified differently.

3. 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. Furthermore, 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 to be consistent with the mission of the foundation. In addition, any application that is related to any aspect of the Arab-Israeli conflict should be discussed with the BSF staff before submission.

4. The following additional rules apply to this program:
- A U.S. scientist submitting an application with an Israeli colleague to the NSF, is only subject to the NSF eligibility rules.
- Each Israeli scientist is allowed to submit up to two NSF-BSF applications/year. The second submission is allowed if, at least, one of them is to any of the NSF-BSF programs that have no deadline.
- An Israeli with an active BSF research grant is allowed to submit an application to any of the NSF-BSF programs.
- An Israeli with an active NSF-BSF grant is allowed to submit an NSF-BSF application, if either the grant or the new submission, is to one of the NSF-BSF programs that has no deadline. Otherwise, a submission is allowed only in the last year of the active grant.
- It is allowed to submit both to an NSF-BSF program and the regular BSF program, including similar applications. In the event that grants are awarded in both programs, both will be funded, unless the research applications are mostly similar, or significantly overlap, in which case only the NSF-BSF program will be funded by the BSF.
- In case of similar NSF-BSF and regular BSF applications, in which the NSF evaluation of the NSF-BSF application 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 proposed research does not have to be in the Eastern Mediterranean or Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba, and can be in any marine environment around the world.

The program will not consider limnological research projects, with Great Lakes research as the sole exception.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the BSF will be at February 24, 2020 (NSF deadline will be February 18, 2020).

Please note that the program in Marine Geology and Geophysics has no deadline and is open for submission all year around. Israeli PIs must submit their proposal to the BSF within 7 days after the U.S. PIs submit to the NSF.

The NSF accepts applications only from U.S. scientists. Submission to the NSF should be made by the U.S. PI alone, but he has to note in the cover page that it is an “NSF-BSF Application” (the Israeli does not appear as a formal co-PI on the application). In the U.S.-Israeli applications, the role of the Israeli partner(s) must be described. Furthermore, it should be clearly explained why the contribution of the Israeli PI to the research project is important/essential. (Please note that this may be particularly relevant if the project is not offshore Israel).

Prior to submission, the U.S. applicant should contact the appropriate NSF program manager to discuss the research focus of his international project.

If awarded a grant, the Israeli scientist will receive a grant from the BSF, while the U.S. scientist will receive a grant from the NSF.

NSF Regulations:
http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=gpg

Physical Oceanography NSF Synopsis:
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12729&org=OCE&from=home

Chemical Oceanography NSF Synopsis:
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11698&org=OCE&from=home

Biological Oceanography NSF Synopsis:
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=11696&org=OCE&from=home

Marine Geology and Geophysics NSF Synopsis:
https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505468&org=OCE&from=home

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

USA applicants may apply through the NSF online application here:
https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/

Israel applicants may apply through the BSF online application here:
http://login.bsf.org.il/ElectronicSubmission/Default.aspx

Questions regarding the applicability of the proposed research for this program should be directed by the U.S. partner to the program officer at the NSF.

Other questions regarding this special NSF-BSF program can be discussed with the BSF management by mail or phone:

Dr. Rachel (Heni) Haring
972-2-5828239, ext. 110
heni@bsf.org.il

Ms. Yael Dressler
972-2-5828239, ext. 103
yael@bsf.org.il

Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to:

Ms. Orli Rozencwajg
972-2-5828239, ext .109
orli@bsf.org.il

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