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BARD Pioneer Track

About the Track

The Pioneer Track will support projects highly innovative, strong, and unique proposals that have the potential of creating significant impact on agricultural with tangible results, utilizing cutting-edge research technologies. BARD aims to support research projects that will bring upon a new direction, concept, or solution in the specific area  of agricultural sciences.

Research projects must have clear practical benefits to both nations.

The eligibility and instructions for proposal application and evaluation are identical to BARD guidelines.

Track Goal

The program is to dedicated to support applied research with a higher award level per grant. 


A program dedicated to support applied research with a higher award level per grant.

Additional Guidelines for Pioneer Track

  • BARD's board of directors will annually announce the panels eligible to apply for the Pioneer Track.
  • For the 2024 round of submission, BARD will receive applications in Crop Production, Crop and soil Health and Aquaculture fields only.
  • A maximum of four projects will be funded in 2024, as follows: up to one each in Crop Production and Crop Health, and up to two in Aquaculture.
  • Up to one proposal will be funded in each of the following review panels: Crop Production, and Crop Health. In addition, up to two proposals in Aquaculture will be funded.
  • The maximum budget for each project will be $600,000 for 3 years.
  • Collaboration, as well as research topics, must be new and unrelated to existing studies funded by BARD or submitted in the 2024 general submission.
  • The potential for follow-up development effort(s) should be clear in the proposal and will be a significant criterion in the evaluation of the potential impact of the proposal.
  • Projects will be selected first and foremost based on innovation, scientific merit, the potential impact on current agricultural knowledge or practices, and the multidisciplinary  collaboration arrangements as described in the proposal.
  • Research teams will be required to deliver an annual progress report.

Submission deadline: September 13 2023, (same as standard BARD research track).

Applicants for the Pioneer Track must meet all the requirements described in BARD research application guidelines on our website.