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BARD Research & Fellowships 2024

BARD announced its research grants, postdoctoral, graduate and senior research fellowships and workshops.
BARD Research & Fellowships 2024

$10.7M for U.S.-Israel Agricultural Innovation

The U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) has announced the recipients of its 2024 research and fellowship grants. This year, the BARD Board of Directors has approved an allocation of $10.7 million towards advancing agricultural science and innovation through collaborative research between the United States and Israel.

In 2024, BARD will support 28 research projects and seven postdoctoral fellowships through the prestigious Va’adia-BARD fellowship program. Additionally, the fund will award two graduate student fellowships and one BARD Senior Research Fellowship, specifically designed to support an American scientist conducting research in Israel. BARD will also sponsor three specialized workshops aimed at fostering further collaboration and knowledge exchange.

To expedite solutions to pressing agricultural challenges, BARD has recently launched several new specifically-dedicated funding tracks. These include a program supporting aquaculture and desert farming in collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture, as well as a program focused on nutritional security developed in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Innovation, Science, and Technology.

The funded research projects include a wide range of research fields including AI and robotics in agriculture, climate-resilient desert agricultural practices, sustainable agricultural innovation, advanced genetic and genomic research in plants and animals, and ecological and environmental management in agriculture.

Prof. Yoram Kapulnik, BARD’s executive director: 

“BARD-funded research projects represent the highest professional quality and expertise across a broad spectrum of topics in agricultural food and nutrition research. The funded research is mission-oriented aimed at finding solutions to the pressing challenges that contemporary agriculture is facing, such as the need to feed more people with fewer resources, the demand for high-quality food nutrients, the necessity to adapt to climate change, and the need to address food loss throughout the supply chain.

This year BARD is marking 45 years since its establishment. We are moving forward to enhance our funding programs by establishing new partnerships with other funding agencies to leverage BARD’s experience and collaborative model.”

Prof. Oded Shoseyov, Chairperson of the Board of Directors: “Securing the food supply for the population of both countries is one of our crucial challenges. The applied research supported by BARD is one of the most promising tools for ensuring our future food supply. It is also important to note that the cost of conducting research has risen significantly. BARD’s increased funding this year is both timely and effective. With a 25% success rate, BARD remains a competitive and appealing choice for scientists from both countries.”

List of funded research and fellowships:

Research Grants

Vaadia Postdoctoral Fellowships

Senior Research Fellowships

Graduate Student Fellowships

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