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US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund

BARD is a competitive funding program for mutually beneficial, mission-oriented, strategic and applied
research of agricultural problems, jointly conducted by American and Israeli scientists.
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Our vision

Scientific innovation, academic excellence, human capacity and foresight are the building blocks of the long-term resilience of a nation’s economy and society.

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Our mission

To support beneficial, mission-oriented, strategic and applied research of agricultural, food and nutrition challenges, jointly conducted by American and Israeli scientists. 

Funding Opportunities

Our programs are open to research scientists, graduate students, and postdocs.

We fund cooperative research and development in agriculture. 

Nutritional Security NIFA-BARD-MOST

The BARD-NIFA-MOST Nutritional Security program is a new funding track that enhances U.S.-Israel collaboration on joint scientific innovation to address the multifaceted challenges of nutritional security.
Award duration: 3 years
Maximum award: Up to 480,000 NIS for 3 years.
Next submission date:
May 22nd, 2024

Food and Nutrition NIFA-BARD-IIA

The NIFA-BARD-IIA Food and Nutrition program will support U.S. and Israeli researchers/investigators working together with an Israeli company.
Award duration: 2 years
Maximum award: Varies with targeted IIA track
Next submission date:
June 16th, 2024

Nutritional Security NIFA-BARD-MOST

The BARD-NIFA-MOST Nutritional Security program is a new funding track that enhances U.S.-Israel collaboration on joint scientific innovation to address the multifaceted challenges of nutritional security.
Award duration: 3 years
Maximum award: Up to 480,000 NIS for 3 years.
Next submission date:
May 22nd, 2024

Food and Nutrition NIFA-BARD-IIA

The NIFA-BARD-IIA Food and Nutrition program will support U.S. and Israeli researchers/investigators working together with an Israeli company.
Award duration: 2 years
Maximum award: Varies with targeted IIA track
Next submission date:
June 16th, 2024

Research Grants

Funds projects conducted cooperatively by US and Israeli scientists. Covers all phases of agricultural R&D including strategic or applied research. 
Award duration: 3 years 
Maximum award: $310,000 for a 3-year grant 
Next submission date:
September 16th, 2024

Pioneer Funding Track

A new track to support projects that have the potential of creating significant impact on the agricultural community.
The panels for the 2025 submission are Crop Production, Crop and Soil Health and Aquaculture.
Maximum award: $600,000 for a 3-year grant
Next submission date:
September 16th, 2024

BARD Aquaculture and Desert Farming Program

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. 
Award duration: 3 years
Maximum award: $310,000 or $600,000 for a 3-year grant
Next submission date:
September 16th, 2024

The Va’adia-BARD Postdoctoral Fellowship

Designed to identify and support young scientists who will eventually become leaders in agricultural sciences and technologies.
Award duration: One year
Maximum award: $64,000 including travel expenses.
Next submission date:
January 15th, 2025

Senior Research Fellowship Program

Promote cooperative agricultural research between established scientists from the United States and hosts from Israel.
Award duration: Two to twelve months.
Maximum award: $3,000 per month plus a onetime allocation of $2,000 for travel.
Next submission date:
January 15th, 2025

Graduate Student Fellowship

The 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. 
Award duration: $1,500 per month and $2,000 to cover travel.
Maximum award: 2-6 months
Next submission date:
January 15th, 2025

International Workshop Grant

The purpose of the BARD workshop is to identify research needs in areas of new development.
Maximum award: Varies: $20,000 to $45,000
Next submission date:
January 15th, 2025

Grant Management

Guidelines and forms for applicants, reviewers, and grant recipients

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Applications

Guidelines and Forms for Research Grant Applications

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Evaluation

Forms for BARD Committee Members and Ad-Hoc Reviewers 

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Reporting

Guidelines and Forms for Fiscal and Scientific Reporting of Research Grants 

BARD BY THE NUMBERS

An external review found $16 gained for every $1 spent of BARD-funding

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I have enjoyed BARD support throughout my career with scientists from Stanford, UC Davis, Purdue and Cornell. It’s been both a personal and scientific feast for which I am very thankful.
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Prof. Avraham Levy
The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
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I have enjoyed BARD support throughout my career with scientists from Stanford, UC Davis, Purdue and Cornell. It’s been both a personal and scientific feast for which I am very thankful.
Prof. Avraham Levy
The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
I have returned from my postdoc at UC Berkeley, and I am establishing the HUJI Sustainable Development Lab. I will be continuing this interesting research in my new lab.
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Dr. Shira Bukchin-Peles
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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I have returned from my postdoc at UC Berkeley, and I am establishing the HUJI Sustainable Development Lab. I will be continuing this interesting research in my new lab.
Dr. Shira Bukchin-Peles
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Working in Prof. Ido Braslavsky’s lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Agriculture this summer was an extremely exciting opportunity. I will continue to collaborate with the Braslavsky lab remotely.
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Ana Lyons
UC San Francisco
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Working in Prof. Ido Braslavsky’s lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Agriculture this summer was an extremely exciting opportunity. I will continue to collaborate with the Braslavsky lab remotely.
Ana Lyons
UC San Francisco