Start-Up Grant Program

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

The Start-Up Grant Program is meant to help newly appointed researchers who are beginning their independent research careers and may not yet have initial results to substantiate their application. Grants are for two years, in order to enable the grantees to submit a standard application to the next competition in their area of research. It is implemented within the framework of the regular BSF Research Grants program, i.e., it must exhibit scientific excellence, have a strong element of cooperation between Israeli and American scientists, and fall within the areas of research supported in that year by the BSF. In addition, at least one of the principal investigators should have attained his/her Ph.D., M.D. degree or equivalent, no more than ten years prior to submitting his/her proposal. To allay any doubts, we use the terms ‘Senior PI’ and ‘Junior PI’, referring to the established scientist and the one in the first stages of his/her independent career.

Start-Up proposals are submitted in the same manner as applications for the BSF Research Grant Program, and undergo the standard BSF evaluation process.

Start-Up Grant applications compete for funding together with the standard BSF Research Grant applications. The BSF has no special funds set aside for these grants. Nevertheless, Start-Up applications traditionally have a higher rate of success as compared with standard applications.

Deadline: Nov. 29, 2023

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • At the time the application is submitted, the junior PI may be no more than 10 years since the completion of his Ph.D/M.D studies (earliest of the two).
  • A typical start-up application is by a junior PI together with a senior one. The senior PI on a start-up application cannot be funded.
  • Only up to two junior PIs may apply together for a start-up grant, one Israeli and one American, and they can apply with or without an unfunded senior scientist.
  • A junior PI on a start-up grant may not simultaneously submit another grant application to the BSF, or currently hold another grant from the BSF, other than NSF-BSF grants. A senior PI on a start-up application may submit a second application in the same round.
  • A start-up application can be awarded only once.

Amount Description

  • The BSF will provide $75,000 for a 24-month period. The grant is meant to cover personnel, consultants, supplies, small equipment and travel required by the project. The grant will not cover any part of the principal investigator’s salary.
  • Starting with the 2019 round, institutional contribution to the grant will not be required.
  • The senior PI who is collaborating with a junior PI on a start-up application is not eligible for any BSF support except for travel funds.
  • If both applicants in a start-up application are junior PIs, each will be eligible for the full amount of the start-up grant.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty
Junior Faculty

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities

External Deadline

November 29, 2023