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Pre-proposal GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATIONS NIFA-BARD - MOst Nutritional Security

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..

        • 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 towards the improvement of nutritional security if successful.

      • How the research contributes to the NIFA-BARD-MOST Food Security priority area(s).

      • The benefits of the collaboration to achieving the objectives

      • Collaborative arrangements with NIFA partner.

  Agreement of the USDA,NIFA Project Director to participate in this collaboration. (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 visit the Israeli lab.

    • A sample template for the pre-proposal can downloaded from here. Send the completed form to vered@bard-isus.com.

    • The pre proposals will be reviewed by BARD, NIFA and MOST  to ensure that the proposals are consitant with the objectives of the NIFA-BARD-MOST program and enhance the goals of the NIFA approved project.

    • The deadline for pre proposal submission is May 12, 2024.

  • Second Step

    • Upon approval of the 1rst stage the Israeli PI will prepare a full proposal to BARD as per the BARD guidelines..

§  The deadline for Full proposal submission is July 7, 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  Vered Wineman-Fisher

The research budget of the institutions, cannot exceed the lesser of the following constraints:
1. The maximum allowed up to (480,000 NIS for 3 years)
2. The award of the NIFA grant of the US partner.

The execution of this program is contingent upon transfer of funds from the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology to BARD. 


        Research Priorities
        List of Relevant Funded NIFA Projects   
        USDA definition for nutrition security