Yair Rotstein, Executive Director of the U.S.-Israel
Binational Science Foundation
Welcome to VISION, the inaugural electronic newsletter from the United
States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, or BSF for short. Like you, I care
deeply about the value of collaborative research. Take a look at what our
collaborative work between Israeli and American scientists accomplishes
In this issue, you will learn about our board chair Professor Abraham
Israeli, our partnership with the National Science Foundation in the United
States, our funders the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the
Rosalinde and Albert Gilbert Foundation and so much more.
Right now the BSF is
deeply engaged in our annual process of convening review panels and considering
scientific proposals. Through this rigorous and demanding process, over our 43
year history, the BSF has awarded nearly $600 million in today’s value to over
5,000 research projects involving more than 7,400 scientists at 375
participating institutions throughout the United States and Israel.
The BSF was
created in 1972 by an historic agreement between the two countries to promote
scientific relations between the U.S. and Israel by supporting collaborative
world-class research in a wide variety of basic and applied scientific fields.
An endowment was formed in equal shares by both governments and it generates
about $16 million in grant money each year.
When it comes to prestige and
quality of BSF scientists, the numbers speak for themselves. Among those who
have participated in BSF-supported collaborative research projects, are 42 Nobel
Laureates, and many Lasker and Wolf Prize recipients.
We hope that you enjoy the
stories and join with us in celebrating our many accomplishments. We deeply
value your support as we continue these efforts.