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NSF-BSF Program in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS)

Grants to USA, Israel, and International Investigators
for Joint Computational Neuroscience Research

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Foundation / Corporation

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United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

11/25/19 for NSF applications. BSF applications are due by 5:00 PM Israel Time on November 25, 2019.


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Grants to USA, Israel, Germany, France, Japan, and Spain scientists affiliated with IHEs, nonprofits, government agencies, and hospitals for collaborative research on computational neuroscience. Funding is intended for computational work but can also involve empirical work.

The competition is thus open to neuroscientists and other scientists who are not classical computational neuroscientists if they are engaged in appropriate collaborations and their study is relevant to the program.

Research projects must be grounded in Biology (as opposed, e.g., to studies pertaining only to artificial neural networks).

Applications must clearly demonstrate the added value of the cooperation between the partners.

Applications in Data Sharing Proposals between U.S. and Israeli PIs will be accepted. Please note that the term “data sharing” may be somewhat misleading, and projects that develop new tools for computational neuroscience are central to this part of the solicitation. Please read carefully the NSF solicitation regarding Data Sharing of applications. 

Applications must be submitted jointly by an Israeli, and a U.S. scientist from a U.S. research institution. Starting in this round, the addition of French and/or German and/or Japanese and/or Spanish scientists to the proposal to form a multinational proposal is also allowed.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176064

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total maximum combined amount of grants to all partners is limited to $250,000/year, excluding overhead and travel budgets (there is no difference in the maximum sum if the project is binational or multinational!).

The size of the grant to the Israeli is expected to be larger than traditional BSF grants, possibly up to $80,000/year for experimental studies and $55,000/year for theoretical and computer based research. These sums are 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:

Multi-year funding is available.

Grant period for the Israeli will follow that requested by the U.S. partner.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


1. For the BSF submission: Israeli and American principal 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 NSFBSF 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Full proposals should be submitted to the BSF no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on December 1, 2019. NSF deadline is Nov. 25, 2019.

If the program is Multinational, rather than Binational, only the details of the U.S. partner have to be introduced to the BSF system, but the title of the application must include the term “Multinational”.

All inquiries regarding the eligibility of the research topic must be made by the U.S. PIs to the program directors at NSF. BSF will not respond to any query regarding topic eligibility.

Each Israeli scientist is allowed to submit up to two applications/year, if at least one of them is to any of the NSF-BSF programs that have no deadline.

Data Sharing:

Contact Information:

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

USA applicants must apply to NSF through FastLane:

Israel applicants must apply through BSF:

Questions by the Israeli regarding the applicability of a 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

Ms. Yael Dressler
972-2-5828239 ext. 103

Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to:

Ms. Orli Rozencwajg
972-2-5828239 ext .109

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