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Grants to USA and Israel Scientist Teams for Research Projects in the Mathematical Sciences

NSF-BSF Mathematics


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United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/23 5:00 PM Submitter's Time - Deadline for NSF Statistics applications; 12/21/23 5:00 PM (Israel Time) - Deadline for BSF Statistics applications; Mathematical Biology is open to receive applications anytime throughout the year. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and Israel scientist teams associated with nonprofit organizations, including government research institutions, IHEs, and hospitals, for projects in mathematical sciences. The purpose of the program is to fund research projects that explore and develop the properties and applications of mathematical structures.

As part of the NSF-BSF joint program, the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) invites collaborative research proposals in Mathematical Sciences (DMS), Directorate at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

Proposals are welcome in:

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Combinatorics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Foundations
  • Geometric Analysis
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Topology

Eligible expenses can be found on page 12 of the Regulation document. See Attached Files below.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications must be developed and written jointly by a team of Israeli and U.S. scientists that hold academic appointments in their respective countries and are eligible to apply for external funding at organizations such as NSF and BSF.

All BSF regulations regarding eligibility of the Israeli applicant(s) and NSF regulations regarding the U.S. applicant(s) will apply to this program.

1. For the BSF submission: Israeli 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 non-profit 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. In keeping with an amendment, signed on 28 October 2020, to the original agreement between the U.S. and Israeli governments, the Foundation sponsors US-Israel collaborative research with participation of all Israeli academic institutions, including research carried out in geographic areas that came under the administration of the Government of Israel after June 5, 1967.

4. It is noted here that the BSF does not invite applications involving, directly or indirectly, the Arab-Israeli conflict. Any application that is related to any aspect of the Arab-Israeli conflict should be discussed with the BSF staff before submission. The Foundation reserves the right to reject such applications, if in its sole discretion, it deems these not consistent with its mission.

5. 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 one NSF-BSF applications each year (1 Oct -30 Sept). 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 not allowed to submit a new application to any NSFBSF program before the last year of their current 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.

For additional eligibility information, see page 3 of Call for Proposals in Attached Files, below.

Meetings at conferences or other locations outside of the investigators’ institutions, which were allowed in recent years, are no longer supported. In the NSF-BSF program, the BSF grant may be used only by members of the Israeli research team, and it cannot be used to cover any of the travel expenses of the U.S. PI to Israel.

The BSF will not fund infrastructure or purchasing of standard equipment.

Pre-Application Information
Timetable: Full proposals should be submitted to the BSF according to the following deadlines:

- Algebra and Number Theory: no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on October 19th, 2023 (NSF deadline is Oct. 13, 2023).
- Analysis: no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on October 9th, 2023 (NSF deadline is Oct. 2, 2023).
- Applied Mathematics: no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on Nov. 21st, 2023 (NSF deadline is Nov. 15, 2023).
- Combinatorics: no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on Oct. 9th, 2023 (NSF deadline is
Sept. 26, 2023)
- Computational Mathematics: no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on December 7th, 2023 (NSF deadline is Dec. 1, 2023).
- Foundations: no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on Oct. 9th, 2023 (NSF deadline is
Sept. 26, 2023).
- Geometric Analysis: no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on Nov. 13th, 2023 (NSF deadline is Nov. 7, 2023).
- Mathematical Biology: is open to receive applications anytime throughout the year. Israeli PIs must submit their proposal to the BSF within 7 days after the U.S. PIs submit to the NSF.
- Probability: no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on October 9th, 2023 (NSF deadline is Sept. 25, 2023).
- Statistics: no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on December 21st, 2023 (NSF deadline is Dec. 15, 2023).
- Topology: no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on Nov. 13th, 2023 (NSF deadline is Nov. 7, 2023).

The full proposals will be submitted to the program twice.
- Step 1. The U.S. applicant will submit the NSF-BSF proposal following the NSF regulations and submission procedures.
- Step 2. The Israeli applicant will submit the identical proposal as a pdf document to the BSF, including all information regarding the U.S. applicant(s), and adhere to relevant BSF regulations regarding proposal submission: see Attached Files below.

The NSF accepts applications only from U.S. scientists and submission to the NSF-BSF program should be made only by the U.S. applicant. The proposal is recognized as an NSF-BSF application by adding the prefixed “NSF-BSF:” to the proposal title. The role of the Israeli applicant(s) and the nature of the collaboration must be described in the different sections of the proposal, e.g. sections with details of work plan, time line etc. Furthermore, it should be clearly explained why the contribution of the Israeli PI is critical to the success of the proposed study.

All inquiries regarding the suitability of the research topic must be made by the U.S. applicant(s) to the relevant program directors at NSF. BSF will not respond to any query regarding topic eligibility.

Israeli applicants are advised that they should pay particular attention to the NSF evaluation criteria,

Estimated Size of Grant
The award amount for the Israeli applicant is capped at a maximum of $80,000 per year for experimental programs and up to $55,000 per 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, then the budget may be increased by up to 50%.

Contact Information
For U.S. submissions to the NSF:

For Israeli submissions to the BSF:

Questions regarding the suitability of the proposed research for this program should be directed by the U.S. applicant(s) to program officer in the relevant programs at the NSF.

Other questions regarding this call for proposals can be discussed with the BSF staff by mail or by phone (972-2-5828239): Dr. Rachel (Heni) Haring ( ext. 110) or Ms. Yael Dressler ( ext. 103). Questions regarding the online application system should be directed to Ms. Orli Rozencwajg ( ext. 109).

United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF)
Bynet Building
8 Hamarpeh Street
Har Hotzvim
P.O. Box 45086
Jerusalem 91450, Israel

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