Research Grants

Funding Agency:
U.S. – Israel Binational Science Foundation

The BSF Research Grants program is the main program of the BSF, and it funds both U.S. and Israeli scientists who wish to collaborate on research projects that address topics in basic science. In recent years the BSF has been receiving some 400 research grant applications annually, including start-up applications, approving about 100. At any given moment there are around 450 active grants in this program, and the total annual expenditure in this program is around $16 M.

Applications to the program are made jointly by U.S. and Israeli researchers.  No prior collaboration is required, but the synergy between the researchers must be evident. Also, as you might imagine, the BSF is different from a national science foundation, and insists not only on scientific excellence, but also on collaboration between the principal investigators from the two countries. We base our evaluation of the collaboration, first and foremost, on the joint publications that emanated from the grant. Lack of joint publications might affect your chances to receive future BSF grants.

Deadline: Nov. 29, 2023

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

In mid-November of odd calendar years (2023, 2025, etc.) the following areas of research will be eligible for submission (in alphabetical order):


In mid-November of even calendar years (2022, 2024, etc.) the following areas of research will be eligible for submission:



Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 29, 2023