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Cycle 18 Eligibility Criteria

Please note that the Cycle 18 deadline has passed. The proposal submission information provided below is for reference purposes only.


Researchers from U.S. and Egyptian scientific institutes, universities, scientific societies, and governmental agencies are eligible to apply. U.S. researchers from private sector companies are also eligible to apply.


For the 2016 Announcement, support for competitively awarded research and development cooperation may take the form of:

1. Junior Scientist Development Visit Grants: Short term non-academic training visits for Egyptian researchers to U.S. institutions.

  • Up to a maximum of $30,000 USD
  • No more than 9 months in duration
2. Collaborative Research Grants: Intended to foster research collaboration between Egyptian and U.S. scientists.
  • Up to $200,000 USD maximum each side
  • 2- 3 years in duration


The Joint Board will consider Junior Scientist Development Visit applications or Collaborative Research Grant proposals from the following four main areas, with priority sub-areas specified in each:
  • Agriculture:
    • Climate change and sustainable crop / livestock production
    • Emerging livestock diseases
    • Food processing and safety
  • Energy:
    • Advances in energy storage systems
    • New trends in renewable energy
  • Health:
    • Cancer
    • Immunology
    • Infectious diseases
    • Neuroscience
    • Responsible conduct of research
    • Stem cells
  • Water
    • Advances in desalination technology
    • Improved efficiency for current water / agricultural practices

All proposals must be within one of the four main areas to be considered for funding. Applicants are urged to clarify the relevance of their proposals with respect to the above main and priority sub-areas. Funding will be allocated first to meritorious proposals within the priority sub-areas and to “nexus proposals” (those that demonstrate a link between two or more of the four main areas, described in more detail below). If an applicant proposes a project within the main areas, but outside the sub-areas or nexus, clear justification should be provided for why the proposal should be considered.    

“Nexus” proposals: Nexus proposals must explain how the proposed research will make direct and substantive scientific advances in each of the selected main areas. Nexus proposals “must document that the proposed research is truly interdisciplinary, that the respective components are fully integrated and necessary for the successful execution of the proposed project, and that the research team contains sufficient expertise to carry out all dimensions of the research plan. Plans for integration of the respective research components must be fully outlined in the proposal.” (Nexus language from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)’s “Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS)” 2016 Program Solicitation, NSF 16-524. Available at: