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USDA,NIFA-BARD Agriculture and Aquaculture in the Desert


This program augments the already existing collaboration through the USDA,NIFA-BARD framework, where Israeli scientists, funded by BARD, are eligible to join a USDA,NIFA-funded project. Research conducted by Israeli scientists will enhance one or more of the objectives of the USDA,NIFA-funded project as well as benefit Israeli agriculture. The relevant projects are those funded up to and beyond the 2025 fiscal year.

This program is integrated in both BARD’s plan to feature Climate-Smart Agriculture and Israeli Ministry of Agriculture’s office of the Chief Scientist’s focus on climate-smart aquaculture for dry climates and support desert farming.   The implementation of this program is contingent upon the timely formal approval of funding by the Israeli governmental authority.


Priority areas:

The The program aims to enhance food security and production of quality protein through investment in research and development that will promote land-based aquaculture systems and desert farming. The program will fund studies that promote the understanding of biological and ecological systems related to fish, algae, and seafood. It will support investment in the advancement of fish diversity and quality.


Conducted research will aid the conservation and protection of Israel and US sea and aquatic resources.

It will also support desert farming research focused on management of agricultural production under desert conditions, with the overall objective of promoting sustainable and climate-smart agriculture.

Award duration: 3 years

Award amount: The maximum grant will be the lesser of either $260,000 for 3 years or the total award of the US NIFA collaborator.  

Next submission deadline: November 15, 2023


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