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NSF-BSF Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF)

Grants to USA and Israel Research Institutions for Collaborative
Research Projects on Communications and Computer Technology

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United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) - Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) - Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF)

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Grants to USA and Israel research institutions for collaborative research projects on communication and computing. Funding is intended to support transformative education and research activities that advance algorithm analysis and design, computing and communication theory, and the design and architecture of computers and software. Funded projects also investigate revolutionary computing models and technologies based on emerging scientific ideas.

The U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) is accepting applications in a joint funding program with the division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

CCF supports four core programs:

  • Algorithmic Foundations (AF)
  • Communications and Information Foundations (CIF)
  • The Foundations of Emerging Technologies (FET) program 
  • Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF)

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GrantWatch ID#: 187108

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total allowable budget for the Israeli PI in the NSF-BSF programs is $80,000/year for experimental program and $55,000/year for theoretical or computer based program (including 15% overhead), over the period of the grant.

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.

Cooperative research is a fundamental requirement for the BSF and is viewed by the Foundation as active collaboration between Israeli and American scientists. A joint research program must be presented in the form of a single, coordinated application, in which the roles and tasks of the respective partners are clearly defined. Each application should have at least two principal investigators (but not more than six), one from an Israeli institution and one from a U.S. institution.

All regulations regarding eligibility of the BSF (for the Israeli PI) or the NSF (for the U.S. PI) will apply to this program.

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.

A U.S. scientist submitting an application with an Israeli colleague to the NSF, is only subject to the NSF eligibility rules.

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.

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.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Full proposals should be submitted to the BSF no later than 5 pm (Israel time) on November 20, 2019. NSF deadline is November 14, 2019.

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

The full proposals will be submitted to the program twice:
- The U.S. scientist (only) will submit to the NSF using its regulations and submission system.
- The Israeli scientist (only) will submit to the BSF, also providing the U.S. scientist information, according to its regulations and submission system.

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.

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.

Israelis with active grants are allowed to submit an additional application to any of the NSF-BSF programs with no deadline (they don’t have to wait for the last year of their grant before submitting).

It is allowed to submit both to an NSF-BSF program and the regular BSF program, including similar applications. In the event that both applications are awarded grants, they will both be funded, unless the research applications are mostly similar, in which case only the NSF-BSF program will be funded.

In case of similar NSF-BSF and regular BSF applications, in which the NSF evaluation 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.

Contact Information:

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

For U.S. submissions to the NSF:
For Israeli submissions to the BSF:

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.

General inquiries about the mission and programs of NSF:

National Science Foundation
(703) 292-5111

Inquiries about FastLane:

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

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