Yair Rotstein, Executive Director of the U.S.-Israel
Binational Science Foundation
Welcome to the Fall 2015 issue of Vision. Here in Israel, we are beginning the
Jewish New Year. We can look back on a year of tremendous progress and
accomplishment for the BSF. In June, we approved 100 grants, out of 398
applications. These grants, which will be divided among 130 U.S. grantees and
125 Israeli grantees, total more than $12.5 million from the BSF Endowment Fund.
As the endowment fund was created by the United States and Israel, we can be
proud of the fact that we are boldly enhancing U.S.-Israel relations through
promising and innovative scientific partnerships.
One of our biggest successes has been our new collaboration with the National
Science Foundation. In this issue, you will meet Dr. Clifford Gabriel, who
worked very closely with me to help form this exciting new partnership.
You will also find features on Michael Levitt and Alvin Roth, two scientists who
benefited from BSF funding early in their careers, and who have gone on to
become world renowned. In addition, you will learn more about current BSF-funded
efforts that show enormous promise in treating chronic pain.
In this issue, you will also meet Paul and Rodica Burg. Their gift of laboratory
chemicals to help BSF-funded scientists at the Weizmann Institute and the
University of Tel Aviv will hopefully lead to important future scientific
I wish all of you a year filled with health, joy, and many new discoveries.