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Active Grants Regulations
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Change of Personnel and Sabbaticals
The Principal Investigator is responsible for the implementation of the RESEARCH PROJECT during the period of the Agreement. Advanced written approval of the FOUNDATION is required for changes involving the participation in a RESEARCH PROJECT of principal investigators and other key personnel. In cases when such personnel are withdrawn or will be absent for more than three months (e.g., sabbatical), the GRANTEE must notify the FOUNDATION. The FOUNDATION will approve the leave if satisfied with the arrangements made for the smooth continuation of the research program. The FOUNDATION will not approve a leave of over one year.

Change of Affiliation by a PI
The BSF should be notified in the event that a principal investigator changes organizational affiliation. In such cases, neither the principal investigator nor the grantee's institution may make further use of the grant. The BSF will consider transfer of grants on an individual basis.

Budget Transfer
Transfer of funds between budget items is allowed up to $10,000 without prior approval of the BSF. Changes in the travel budget are not allowed without prior BSF approval, which under normal circumstances will not be given. Transfer of money from one year to the next, or a "no cost" extension of the grant for up to one year, is sometimes possible, but requires prior BSF approval.

Principle Investigators of either country are not allowed to receive any part of their salary from a BSF grant. No scientist who is a full-time paid staff-member of the grantee institution may receive any salary from the BSF grant. Scientists employed by the institution on a temporary basis ("Soft money") may be paid according to the time he devoted to the project. The salary of auxiliary person such as technicians may be paid in proportion to the time devoted to the project. If the auxiliary person is a permanent employee of the institution, the institution may claim up to 50% of the payment he received.

Travel Expenses Abroad
The BSF may allocate money for travel of an investigator or a member of his research team to the other country, only when such travel appears essential to the execution of the research project and to the collaboration. That is, travel funds may be provided to allow investigators to work together at one or the other institutions, or meet at a conference in the U.S. or Israel.  Meetings at other locations within the U.S. require prior approval of the BSF. Meetings in other countries are not supported. A BSF grant may not be used to support a sabbatical. The travel allowance may be used by members of the Israeli or American research team.  However, if travel by someone other than the PI for whom travel funds were approved (e.g. replacing travel by American PI with travel of the Israeli PI, travel by a team member other than the PI), prior BSF approval must be received.  The BSF approves travel in economy class only and will cover per diem expenses only for the days spent together at the approved locations. If the working meeting takes place during a conference, copies of registration by both investigators must accompany the fiscal report by each of them. The BSF does not support the cost of conference registration of any of the PIs. The BSF grants do not support travel of U.S. investigators within the U.S.

Equipment purchased with BSF funds belongs to the BSF, and should be marked accordingly. Only equipment listed in the application may be purchased without prior approval by the BSF. At the end of the project the BSF will leave the equipment in the institution where the research was conducted.

Expendable supplies related to the research program may be purchased as needed.

Report Expenses
Page and/or color charges for joint publications are allowed up to $500, except in NSF-BSF projects, in which there is no limit if the funds are used for joint publications

Miscellaneous Expenses
Miscellaneous expenses not described in the guidelines are considered by the BSF on a case-by-case basis.
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