Guidelines for Applications that include NIFA-BARD International Partnership

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BARD -the U.S.-Israel Bi-national Agricultural Research & Development Fund. For 2014, the NIFA-BARD initiative has identified two of NIFA's funding programs for mutually beneficial collaboration:

  1. AFRI - Water for Agriculture
    Letter of Intent Deadline:April 17, 2014; Application Deadline: August 13, 2014.
    RFAPoint of Contact: Jim Dobrowolski, jdobrowolski@nifa.usda.gov, Tel: 1-202-401-5016
  2. Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program -- National Integrated Water Quality Program (NIWQP)
    Application Deadline: July 3, 2014.
    RFA Point of Contact: Jim Dobrowolski, jdobrowolski@nifa.usda.gov, Tel: 1-202-401-5016

For either of these 2014 Requests For Applications (RFAs), American University and Israeli partner scientists may apply together, for a joint project. If the project is recommended for award by the review panel, and subject to availability of funds, the Israeli scientists will be supported by BARD. US scientists may request assistance from the BARD office in identifying an appropriate Israeli partner for the NIFA-BARD collaborative programs.

BARD partner applicants must contact BARD prior to preparing the application. Contact Haim Katz, haim@bard-isus.com, Tel: +972-3-968-3982, to confirm that the international component needs of BARD and its stakeholders are met.

BARD applicants must fill out the NIFA-BARD online submission of Israeli material for the proposal on the BARD website: www.bard-isus.com/

US applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate RFA point of contact to confirm that the subject area is appropriate for that particular RFA.

NIFA-BARD Application Submission:

  • NIFA-BARD Collaborative applications must be submitted by US institutions and follow all requirements of the Program RFAs. The application title must begin with the words “NIFA-BARD Collaborative:”
  • The overall project must demonstrate a unified, collaborative approach; the specific contributions and responsibilities of the US and Israeli teams to the objectives must be set out clearly in the proposal’s project narrative and reflected in the budget justifications.
  • Information of the Israeli component of NIFA-BARD Collaborative Applications should be included as Supplementary Documents in one or more Appendices labeled as “Israeli Supplementary Documents: ”. BARD has created a site for the Israeli scientists to prepare the documents necessary for their participation in the NIFA-BARD Programs. The procedure is outlined on the NIFA-BARD Israeli Application Checklist. This information should include the following, and only the following:
    • Biographical sketches of Israeli senior personnel: All biographical sketches must conform to NIFA format. NOTE: NIFA Conflict of interest lists are also required for all Israeli senior personnel (NIFA Conflict of Interest Policy).
    • Added value of partnership: How is this partnership bringing together complementary expertise in a meaningful intellectual collaboration?
    • Israeli budget: Costs and justification of resources for the Israeli component of the project should be completed and a PDF version of the form should be saved and sent to the US lead Project Director (PD) for inclusion as a supplementary document in the application. Also, an electronic copy of this document should be sent to BARD Program Officer before Close of Business on the AFRI Water for Agriculture deadline date.
    • Travel budget: If awarded, the researchers will be asked to attend an annual meeting to be held at either the National Institute of Food and Agriculture or an alternate location. Thus, necessary travel costs for attendance at this meeting should be included in the proposed budget.
    • Letters of collaboration: Letters of collaboration from Israeli scientists are required. These letters must be brief and restricted to a statement of intent to collaborate only. Additional information on the nature of the collaboration and the roles of the investigators should be included in the appropriate RFA.
    • Institutional endorsement: A certification of the submission must be provided by the Israeli institution where the work will be performed. This certification should be a signed letter from an authorized representative with the following text: "I confirm on behalf of [insert name of institution] that the NIFA - BARD Collaborative Application between [insert name of PD from the US institution] and [insert name of PD from Israel] is endorsed and has been submitted by [name of Research Office in Israel].

NIFA-BARD Collaborative Applications Budget:

In addition to the NIFA program budget requested to support work led by US scientists, Israeli scientists should request additional funding in $US from BARD for their work; The budget request of the Israeli applicants must receive the approval of BARD prior to its submission. However, this part of the budget is not reported on NIFA’s Form SF424. Instead, budget details must be included in an appendix described below under “application submission”.

  • Equal support from NIFA and BARD is not required, but the BARD portion must be no more than 50% of the total requested budget for that application.
  • Israeli partners will be funded solely by BARD and US participants will be funded by NIFA.
  • Expected total funding from the BARD for this solicitation to fund the Israeli component of all NIFA-BARD Collaborative Awards in 2014 is $1M/year up to $5 million for up to 5 years. NIFA has not set a maximum to be spent on NIFA-BARD Collaborative awards. The NIFA maximum award is stated in the appropriate RFA.

Application Review and Award Selection:

  • A separate peer review panel to evaluate NIFA-BARD Collaborative Applications will not be convened. Instead, Collaborative applications will be reviewed with the other applications (non NIFA-BARD Collaborative) submitted for that RFA.
  • To be competitive for funding, a NIFA-BARD Collaborative Application must clearly demonstrate a substantial and meaningful collaboration between the US and BARD partners. Work proposed by each country (and therefore each country’s budget) must be integral to the success of at least one of the application objectives.
  • After the peer review panel concludes, highly ranked Collaborative applications will be jointly discussed by NIFA and the BARD program leaders. To be recommended for funding as a NIFA-BARD Collaborative award, both NIFA and BARD must agree to provide funding for the project.
  • NIFA components and BARD components of the Collaborative Applications will be awarded in accordance with NIFA and BARD policies, respectively.