Frequently Asked Questions
The primary rational of BARD’s activities is to bring together US and Israeli scientists to solve important agricultural challenges which are common to the two countries. The fostering of this cooperation creates a synergy which leads to results that would not be possible had the scientists worked independently.
The strong connections created between the collaborating researchers are expressed in ways that often continue beyond the lifetime of the grant: continued exchange of research ideas, cooperation in other research initiatives and exchanges of students and young researchers between the laboratories.
Collaboration is stimulating and positive, and even when a particular project is not ultimately granted funding, long-term relationships are fostered, and communication is improved; it has been noted that "just writing the application jointly increases the information exchange." Read more about our mission.
- The BARD Research Grant Program funds projects covering all phases of agricultural R&D including strategic or applied research. Three years program.
- The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program funds postdoctoral fellowships for citizens from one country (U.S or Israel) to perform agricultural research with established scientists in the other country. One-to-two-year program.
- The Senior Research Fellowship Program promotes joint agricultural research between established scientists from the US and their Israeli hosts. Two to twelve months program.
- The Graduate Fellowship Program enables Ph.D. students in one country (U.S or Israel) to travel to the other country to acquire new skills and techniques in their field of study. Two to six months program.
- BARD Workshops Program supports cooperative, impactful and outcome-related workshops in areas related to the binational and agricultural interests of the U.S and Israel.
- The Academia to Industry Collaboration A new initiative of supporting research through partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
- Increased Efficiency of Agricultural Production: including sustainable development, efficient use of resources, economic evaluation of policies and regulatory issues, crops that yield higher value per unit, etc.
- Protection of Plants and Animals against Biotic Stress: including pest genetics in biological environments, invasive species and emerging diseases.
- Agricultural Production Challenges in Increasing Marginal Conditions, such as tolerance to drought, salinity, high temperature & nutrient stresses, etc.
- Food Quality, Safety and Security including improved assessment & detection methods, food nutritive value in relation to human health, functional foods, ensured/increased quantity/supply, postharvest treatments, etc.
- Water Quality & Quantity including efficient use of low quality water (gray, black, saline), improved economic return for water in agriculture, crop response to soil & water quality and its constituents, impact of nutrients on water quality, etc.
- Functional Genomics and Proteomics that deal with important agricultural issues including production and protection traits, genetic optimization and increased yield, etc.
- Sensors and Robotics linking biological phenomena with sensors or otherwise bridging into the field of bioengineering, nano-technology, precision agriculture, labor reduction, etc.
- Sustainable Bio-Energy Systems including biofuel production systems, reduced energy costs, renewable resources, reduced greenhouse gases, diversified farm economy, etc.
Every year between 100 to 120 research proposals are judged by the fund. BARD’s evaluation procedure consists of a three-tiered review system based on expert ad-hoc reviewers for each proposal, 7-8 discipline review panels, and a 10-member Technical Advisory Committee, which recommend the final interdisciplinary portfolio of projects for approval by the Board of Directors.
BARD is unique among competitive granting programs in requiring collaboration between researchers and following a process of retrospective project evaluation, an important means of judging the effectiveness of research that it has supported. All stages of the review process are predicated on equal representation of U.S. and Israeli scientists.
BARD closely and constantly monitors the continuing evolution of its operations to guarantee that its awardees maintain standards of excellence and that the research that it supports meets the current needs of the two agricultural communities. Its operations have become a benchmark for binational funding in countries with comparable scientific and technological capabilities and common agricultural problems.
Revised proposals are previously submitted proposals that were not funded. Indicate the BARD assigned number of the previous proposal in the appropriate box on the on-line Cover Page. The addition of a new investigator, in itself, does not indicate a 'new' proposal.
In any case, BARD reserves the prerogative of identifying a given proposal as 'revised' or 'new'. This will be done by comparing the content of the current proposal with the earlier one. Should it not be obvious that it is substantially different, BARD will ask an expert in the field to provide an opinion on this issue. Unapproved proposals may be revised and resubmitted only once. Read more about revised proposals
For questions regarding revised proposals please contact us.
BARD Research Grant - Maximum award: $310,000 for a 3-year grant.
Postdoctoral Fellowship Program- Award amount: $40,000 including travel expenses + $9,000 dependent allowance per year.
Senior Research Fellowship Program- Award amount: $3,000 per month + $2,000 for travel costs.
Graduate Fellowship Student Program Award amount: $1,500 per month, $2,000 for travel costs + $2,000 dependent allowance.
BARD workshops - Award amount varies: $20,000 to $45,000.
- Scientific Report - submitted by the PI of the project and should reflect the progress of all the participants in the grant.
- Fiscal Report - submitted by each funded institution participating in the grant
- Semi-annual declaration submitted by each funded institution participating in the grant
Scientific reports and fiscal reports are due annually (one year from start date) with the exception of the final scientific report which is due 3 months from the end of the project.
The semi-annual declaration is due once a year 6 months after the start of the research year.
This research was supported by Research Grant Award No. __________ from BARD, The United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund