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USDA,NIFA-BARD Application Submission

The application is a two-step process. Only investigators who are approved after the first stage will be able to submit proposals to the second step.

  • First Step
    • Israeli scientists need to contact any of the eligible USDA,NIFA scientists (list of potential projects) to determine research objectives which will both enhance the NIFA projects and be of interest to advance agriculture in Israel. BARD will consider additional projects funded by USDA, NIFA which are relevant to the program’s research priorities. Any such programs which do not appear on the aforementioned list, must be approved by BARD prior to the proposal submission.
      We have an example of a request to a USDA,NIFA PI on our website.
    • The Israeli PI must submit a pre-proposal which includes the following (3 pages):
      • Title Page
        • NIFA-PI and project Title.
        • List of Israeli collaborators and their institutions.
        • Company information and Contact.
        • Research Priority. (see list)
      • Brief description of the proposal, overview of the proposed methods and the research objectives.
      • Contribution of the Israeli research to the ongoing NIFA project
      • Potential benefit to Israeli agriculture/Food Industry/Consumer if successful.
      • How the research contributes to the NIFA-BARD-IIA F&N priority area(s).
      • The benefits of the collaboration to achieving the objectives
      • Collaborative arrangements with NIFA partner.

  Agreement of the NIFA Project Director to participate in this collaboration. (see sample letter)

  For NOFAR Proposals: Letter of intent from the Israeli Company that they are willing to consider contributing 10% to the project. (A binding commitment will be required with the full proposal). (see sample letter).

  In order to enhance collaboration, we recommend that the institutional budget of the Israeli institution include travel for the US PI to come to the Israeli lab.

    • A sample template for the pre-proposal can downloaded from here. Send the completed form to haim@bard-isus.com.
    • The pre proposals will be reviewed by BARD, NIFA and the NIFA PI to ensure that the proposals are relevant to Israeli agriculture and enhance the goals of the NIFA approved project.
    • The deadline for pre proposal submission is June 16, 2024.
    • Decisions regarding the pre proposals will be announced on July 1, 2024.


  • Second Step
    • Upon approval of the 1rst stage the Israeli PI will prepare a full proposal to the IIA according to the IIA guidelines.

§  The deadline for Full proposal submission is September 1, 2024.

Additional Information

BARD can assist in making initial contact with potential NIFA funded scientists, or can assist NIFA funded scientists to identify potential Israeli partners. Please contact  Haim Katz.

BARD can assist in identifying potential Israeli companies who are willing to participate in the research. Please contact  Dr. Shlomo Wald.

The research budget of the institutions, (not including funds contributed by the Israeli company) cannot exceed the lesser of the following constraints:
1. The maximum allowed under the IIA guidelines.
2. The award of the NIFA grant of the US partner.


Recording of BARD Webinar (English)

Presentation Slides of above Webinar download

Israel Innovation Authority RFA (in Hebrew)

Israel Innovation Webinar Presentation slides (in Hebrew)

Israeli Commercial Food and Nutrition Ecosystem slides (Hebrew) (From Fist Webinar)