Yair Rotstein, Executive Director of the U.S.-Israel
Binational Science Foundation
Four years ago, when BSF entered into a collaboration agreement with America’s National Science Foundation (NSF), our goal was to promote Israel-United States scientific partnerships even further than we had before. We knew that with the sheer number of innovative, forward-thinking scientists in both nations, the scientific community would be greatly enhanced if more Israelis and Americans worked together.
This is why I’m so excited to share the news that, in the most recent round of funding for our NSF-BSF programs, the success rate of Americans and Israelis collaborating on research proposals was significantly higher than the success rate of U.S. scientists working alone.
NSF is well aware of Israel’s contributions to science and technology. Over and over again, American scientists tell me how impressed they are, not only with Israel’s scientists and academic infrastructure, but also with Israel’s world-class technological centers. In this issue, you will read about one of our newest Board members, Dr. Rebecca Keiser, who heads NSF’s Office of International Science and Engineering. Rebecca is a senior member of NSF’s staff, as was the previous NSF representative on our Board, Dr. Clifford Gabriel. To me, NSF’s willingness to have high-ranking members of its team on our Board symbolizes how important Israel is to NSF.
We look forward to our continued partnership with NSF, and to the future success of U.S and Israeli scientists as they search for answers to many of today’s most challenging questions.
Thank you for your interest and support,